May 17, 1921 - January 31, 2018
Nell Vanover Wood, age 96, of Bristol, VA passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Wellmont Hospice House. Born in Inman, VA to Martha Long Vanover and William McKinley Vanover After moving to Bristol, TN, she worked at the Aircraft plant, now Strongwell, in the 1940’s building gas tanks for WWII planes. Nell, was very proud of that experience and loved to tell the stories to all her friends and children. She was a strong Christian woman who taught Sunday School for 47 years and taught lifelong Bible principles to her children. She was a former member of Pine Grove Baptist and Mendota Baptist church before joining Victory Baptist Church in 2014. Mom was the strongest of women, made so by her birth and childhood in Wise County, VA, and by her mother who taught her the graceful dignity she maintained throughout life. She was a lady and the best mother she could be to her children, always her favorite subjects. She rejoiced in our joys and consoled us in our tears. We never spent a moment of our life wondering if she loved us. She might not have been happy with every decision her children made, but she loved unconditionally always. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Wood; grandson, John Bauer, Brothers: Jack Long, Fritz Long; sisters, Nora Sandidge, Pauline Sturgill, Mildred DeLancey, Estelle Vanover Wood and Monette Vanover Fair; sons-in-law: Nick Bauer, Fred Minnick and Bill Amburn. She is survived by her daughters, Carlene Bauer, Geraldine Wood Anderson and Mary Amburn-Bowman, and husband, Richard; sons, Thomas Wood and wife, Teresa, John Wood and wife, Susan and Michael Wood; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 pm Friday, February 2, 2018 at Akard Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Austin Cook officiating with eulogy’s by granddaughters, Lisa Anderson Lamm and Alysa Lamm. Interment and committal will follow in Glenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be, John Miles Wood, Kyle Wood, Timothy Anderson, Kenneth Hilliard, David Lamm, Chad Harris, Michael Merritt. Honorary Pallbearers will be Larry Richards, Greg Vanover and the members of Victory Baptist Church and First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Akard Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at akardfuneralhome.com Akard Funeral Home, 1912 West State St., Bristol, TN (423) 989-4800 is serving the Wood family.
Nell Vanover Wood, age 96, of Bristol, VA passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Wellmont Hospice House. Born in Inman, VA to Martha Long Vanover and William McKinley Vanover After moving to Bristol, TN, she worked at the Aircraft plant,... View Obituary & Service Information
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