Beloved family member, cherished friend and valued neighbor Buddy Kelvin Wood, was discovered deceased by stroke in his home on Friday, August 18,, 2017. Born August 7,, 1976 to Annie Sue (Whitten) Taylor and Willard Wilson Wood, Buddy was a loyal, generous and hard-working man who never met a stranger. When he wasn’t swinging a hammer, he was casting a line. His warm smile, contagious laughter, big heart and bold personality will be missed and remembered fondly forever.

Buddy is survived by the love of his life and proudest achievement, his son, Kadin Buddy Ward; brothers, Richard C. Gibson, Steve D. Gibson, Michael L. Wood, Timothy Wood and Wesley W. Wood; sisters, Yolanda C. Gibson, Tracy D. (Wood) Yowell, Tammy D. (Taylor) Griffin and Tina M. Taylor; nephews, Tony R. Yowell III, Sean A. Yowell, Michael L. Griffin and Kelvin D. Griffin; nieces Mary E. Gibson and Savannah (Gibson) Ford and numerous others.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks for donations in his honor to be made at Centennial Bank to help offset funeral costs, etc. Checks can be made payable to Tracy Yowell. Friends and family will be gathering to celebrate Buddy’s Life at Salinas Park (Gulf) at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday afternoon, September 3. All are welcome to attend. The family would like to thank all who have helped so much during this difficult time.