Wendell Grant “Bucky” Woods, age 71, of Waynesville passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, after a brief illness.

A native of Sylva, he was the son of the late Charles and Stella Stewart Woods. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Belva Shuler; and four brothers, Marvin, Jimmy, Bruce and Lewis Woods.

Bucky graduated from Sylva-Webster High School in 1971, where he was a member of the honor society and played center for the basketball team. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician for six years before returning to the mountains he loved.

He was employed by Holland Laserwash car wash. Bucky was a lumber inspector and carpenter by trade. He had worked for several lumber companies.

Bucky is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patri Byers Woods of Waynesville; two sisters, Brenda Mills (Jack) and Linda Brown; two brothers, Thad Woods (Lee) and Barry Woods (Debbie); several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at his home. Everyone who knew and loved Bucky is invited to attend.

The care of Mr. Woods has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville, and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.