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Emma Josephine Wood

August 12, 1935 — June 1, 2021

Benson, NC: Mrs. Emma Josephine Wood, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at UNC Johnston Health Hospital in Smithfield surrounded by her loving family. Graveside Funeral Service will be held 2:00PM-Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Roselawn Cemetery in Benson, NC. Rev. Joe Brown will officiate.

Mrs. Wood was born August 12, 1935 in Johnston County to the late Fulton and Elsie L. Phillips. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Donald Wood; son, Terry Keith Wood. Mrs. Wood worked at McCrory’s Stores in Dunn and Pope’s Stores in Coats until she retired. She was married to Ray Donald Wood, her high school sweetheart. Along with public working, she was a devoted housewife, loving mother and helped on the farm. She was a member of Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church in Benson.

Surviving include her sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie R. Wood, Danny W. Wood and wife, Dianne T., and Ray Donald Wood, Jr. and wife, Linda F.; grandsons, Travis Wood, Tracy Wood, Tony Wood, Dennis Wood; granddaughters, Tammy Byrd, Tina Smith, Emma Wood; twenty-three great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Beasley; several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Wood will be available for viewing, and you will be able to sign the register book on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 12:00PM-5:00PM at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson. The family will not be present during this time.

Flowers are welcomed; however, memorials may be made to Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 423 Benson, NC 27504

In accordance with NC-COVID19 guidelines, the funeral home suggests practicing social distancing guidelines and the three W's: wait, wash, and wear a face covering.

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Arrangements are by Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson, NC.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, June 4, 2021

12:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Rose & Graham Funeral Home, Benson

301 W Main St, Benson, NC 27504

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Graveside Service

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Roselawn Cemetery, Benson, NC

605 N. Wall Street, Benson, NC 27504

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