Katie Wood



Katie Buchanan Wood, 80, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Katie was born in Jackson County, N.C., Sept. 30, 1939, to the late Ennis and Lula Buchanan. Katie finished Webster High School in 1958 and married Lamar Wood Sept. 4, 1960.

She retired from Jackson County School System as a full-time bus driver from 1975 to 2000 and continued part time until 2006. She enjoyed driving the bus all those many years, considering it more than a job, and cherished all the many interactions she experienced with the kids. It was always a joy when she ran into kids that once rode her bus and seeing the wonderful men and women they had become.

She loved gardening, knitting, canning, and was a member of East Fork Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday school teacher and was treasurer of East Fork Cemetery Fund.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lamar Wood; brother, Coy Deitz; sisters, Ora Stamey, Lois Monteith, Lillian Green, Zenobia Jane Deitz, Opal Hubbard and Susie Holland.

She is survived by two daughters, Michelle Chastain (Mark) and Ashley Guffey (Adam); son, Denny Howard Wood (Heather); grandchildren, Madalyn Potts (Zachary), Makayla Chastain, Kaitlyn Wood, Zachary Wood, Landry Guffey and Bailey Guffey.

A funeral service will be held Friday, May 22, 2020 at 4 p.m. at East Fork Baptist Church, with Rev. Dennis Burrell and Rev. Robert Blanton officiating.

Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Fork Cemetery Fund, 761 East Fork Road, Sylva, NC 28779.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Wood family. Online condolences are available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.