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Joseph Granville Wood Sr., 77, White Plains

Joseph Granville “Woody” Wood Sr., 77, of White Plains died Nov. 12, 2012, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Born Aug. 24, 1935, in Ridge, he was the son of the late James Tennyson Wood and the late Doris Elizabeth Ridgell Wood. He was one of five children.

He attended St. Michael's Catholic School in Ridge. He served three years in the U.S. Army National Guard, Company B, 121st Engineering Battalion, Leonardtown, as a combat demolition specialist and was honorably discharged Sept. 8, 1956. He worked as a farmer, grocery deliverer, truck driver, automobile mechanic, Sunoco service station owner and operator in Brandywine and Cheltenham for Besche Oil Co., high performance parts store owner, tool and parts manager at Ken Dixon Automotive and manager and operator of Quality Auto Cleaning.

He was a longtime resident of White Plains, where he lived for 47 years until his death. Drag racing at Maryland International Raceway and NASCAR racing were major passions in his life. He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame at MIR “in recognition of his outstanding dedication and accomplishments.”

He was a member of the Tri-County Cruisers Custom Car Club and the Brandywine Lions Club. Every holiday season he distributed food baskets to needy families in Charles and Prince George’s counties. He was an alumni member of the Southern Knights and Free State Custom car clubs. Taking care of his wife, children and grandchildren and spending time with his friends were important to him. He lived a rewarding life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Marie Hamilton Wood, who died June 7, 2010, and whom he married June, 4, 1965.

He is survived by his children, Carol Ann Selvage and her husband, Tommy of Bryans Road and Joseph G. Wood Jr. and his wife, Janelle of Myrtle Beach; grandchildren, Christine A. Cline of Waldorf and Deborah A. Cline of Blacksburg, Va.; sisters, Connie Piotrowski of Dundalk, Catherine Quade of Hollywood, Dancy and her husband, Rodney Crawford of Weatherford, Texas, and Robin Knott of Mulberry, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Nov. 17 at Raymond Funeral Service, La Plata. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.