Myrtle Isabella Jernigan Wood
Myrtle Isabella Jernigan Wood, 97, went peacefully to be with her Lord on Monday, May 29, 2017. Born July 30, 1919, she was the daughter of Joseph James Jernigan and Della Mitylene Stone Jernigan of Sampson County, NC.
Mrs. Wood was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 46 years, Rev. Curtis Edmond Wood; a sister Annie Lou Hall and her husband Derwood; brothers Earl Jernigan and Thedore Jernigan and his wife Doris, all of Dunn, NC.; a brother-in law, Carroll J. Smith, of Altamonte Springs, Florida; a grandson, Cody Edmond Wood, of Richmond, Virginia; and a son-in-law, Lindsey Quick, of Laurinburg, North Carolina.
She is survived by her children and spouses; Linda Wood Quick, Laurinburg, NC; David (Sandy) Wood, Dublin, VA; Barry (Sue) Wood, Richmond, VA; Debby (Michael) Mitchell, Dublin, VA; 15 loving grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Edith Jernigan McLaurin of Charleston, Arkansas, and a first cousin, Margaret Boykin, 101 years of age, of Clinton, North Carolina.
Myrtle graduated from Mingo High School, Sampson County, North Carolina, in 1937. She graduated from the National School of Commerce in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1938. In 1943, she was the valedictorian of her class at Holmes Bible College in Greenville, South Carolina, where she met her husband Curtis. They were united in marriage on August 19, 1943. Myrtle was licensed in 1941 as a minister with the Free-Will Baptist Church in North Carolina. In August of 1943, she transferred her credentials to the Virginia Conference (later renamed the Appalachian Conference) of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. At her death, she was the longest serving minister of the conference.
During their ministry together, Curtis and Myrtle pastored churches in Floyd, Christiansburg, Meadows of Dan, and Indian Valley, all in Virginia; War, West Virginia; Narrows, and Buena Vista, Virginia; Mullens, Princeton, Peniel, and White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; Buena Vista, Vicker, and Fries, Virginia. From 1969 to 1974 they served the Conference as the Conference Superintendent and First Lady. Ministry took Myrtle to Greece, Israel, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan.
The family will receive friends on Friday, June 2, 2017, from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Family Worship Center in Pulaski, VA.
A funeral service celebrating her life will be held immediately afterwards. Her sons, both ordained ministers, along with Dr. C. R. Conner, pastor of Family Worship Center, and Bishop Preston Mathena, Superintendent of the Appalachian Conference, will be conducting the service. Interment will follow in the Appalachian Conference cemetery on Oak Grove Avenue, Dublin, VA.
Friends of the family who are unable to attend the service are welcome to call at the homes of family members after the service and burial.
Stevens Funeral Home of Pulaski, VA is serving the family.