Dad and Andy, doing what they loved to do…

Carroll Key Wood


Carroll Key Wood, 80, of Charleston, died Friday, June 25, 2004, as a result of an automobile accident in Kansas.

He was born May 5, 1924, in Bedford County, Va., son of Ernest B. Wood and Mary W. Key. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1939, and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1943, where he attained the rank of Quartermaster First Class. During World War II, on D-Day, the morning of June 6, 1944, he piloted a landing craft LCI(L)-413, with 200 troops, onto dry sand at Omaha Beach.

After the war, he enrolled in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering.

He was married to Bonnie McKinney on June 10, 1951. He joined Union Carbide in Charleston that same year, and he and Bonnie set about raising a family of five children. He served in several positions at Carbide, and also served as president of both the Charleston and West Virginia branches of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was promoted to principal engineer in the Civil Engineering Design and Technology Group in 1980.

After retiring from Carbide, he enjoyed numerous camping, fishing and sightseeing trips with his family.

His beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Bonnie M. Wood, preceded him in death in 2000.

Survivors include his brother Loyd and sister Thelma of Bedford County, Va.; sons, Andrew of Luling, La., and Greg and Barry of Charleston; daughters, Sandy Farquhar of Luling, and Donna Young of Charleston. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Jennifer of Florida, Erin and Drew of Luling, and Mary, Alysha, Justin, Melissa, Steven, Ben and Nathanial of Charleston. Additional survivors include his nephews, Gary and Larry of Bedford County.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and a 50+ year member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, where he was a past Noble Grand.

The body has been cremated. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home in Charleston. Barlow-Bonsall is in charge of arrangements.

There will be a memorial service at a later date, when Andy has recovered from his injuries suffered in the accident.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kanawha Lodge 25 Odd Fellows, P.O. Box 666, Charleston WV 25323.

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4 thoughts on “

  1. I see where you get your love of the outdoors from. They both look so happy.
    Thanks for posting this, Greg.  

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