October 14, 1938 - March 29, 2020
James Russell "Buddy" Wood, age 81 and a resident of Franklinton, died Sunday afternoon March 29, 2020 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. He was the owner/operator of an upholstery repair business Buddy’s Trim Shop for many years. He also had worked as an electrician for Earl Martin for several years. Buddy was well known throughout the area for his work at the Old McDonald’s Farm of the Washington Parish Fair for over 20 years. He always enjoyed his time displaying the many exotic animals for all the kids to see and he often kept many of those animals year-round at his farm. Buddy also raised miniature Sicilian Donkeys for many years. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed relaxing in his backyard pool.
Survived by: Wife: Mary Wood of Franklinton; 3 Daughters and Sons in law: Donna and John Wolff of Baton Rouge, Amy Gershman of Sarasota, FL, Lacie and Jeffrey Baughman of Franklinton; Grandchildren and Spouses: Powers and Ashley Wolff of Denham Springs, Richard and Kirsten Wolff of Baton Rouge, Diana Wolff of San Francisco, CA, Emily and Scott Abshire of Melbourne, FL, Molly and Chad Woolford of Biloxi, MS, Garrett Murtagh of Orlando, FL,; Great-granddarlings: Jase Baughman, Gentry Baughman, Emma Wolff, Waylon Wolff, Winnie Wolff; Brother: Bill Pitre of Saint Francisville, LAl Also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
He was preceded in death by his daughter Beth Wood, father Don Wood, mother Mildred Scobel, sister Ann Gill, grandmother that helped raise him Effie Wood, mother in law Phylor Wood and other family members.
A private graveside funeral service was held in Ellis Cemetery on Thursday April 2nd.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Washington Parish Food Bank (2208 Washington Street, Franklinton, LA 70438).
Pallbearers: Powers Wolff, Richard Wolff, John Wolff, Garrett Murtagh, Jeffrey Baughman, Jason Gentry
Honorary Pallbearers: Donald Fontenot, A.W. Foy, Donald Daniel, Bill Burton, Darren Powell