Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ernestine Secor Wood

Whitesville/ Roanoke, VA - Ernestine Secor Wood of Roanoke, Virginia, peacefully went to be with the Lord at age 92 on Thursday, December 1, 2016. She married the love of her life, Pastor L. Robert Wood in 1945 after studying at The Nyack Missionary Training Institute; now Nyack College. Together they served in ministry in Whitesville, New York until his death in 1978. In 1996, she left the town and church she loved for 51 years to be near her family.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, James C. Secor and Alice Butler Secor; brothers, Ralph George, and James Secor; and son-in-law, Blake Shores.

She is survived by daughters, Ruth Wood Marino, Elizabeth Wood Shores and Cynthia Wood (James) Van Druff all of Roanoke; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Robert and Herbert Secor; sister, Alice Secor (Charles) Muth; sister-in-law, Betty Wood and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Friday Evening, December 9, 2016 at the Gospel Chapel (Christian and Missionary Alliance) on Park Street in Whitesville from 6 to 8 pm. A memorial service to honor the life of this loving servant of God will be held at the church on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2 pm. Officiating pastors will be Ralph Eastlack, former director of YFC and Reverend Timothy Armstrong, pastor of the Gospel Chapel. Donations in her honor may be made to the Gospel Chapel on Park Street in Whitesville, NY. 14897. Local arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home and to leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

“Her Children arise and call her blessed: her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverb.31:28


  1. Elaine (Whitsell) TownerDecember 7, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Mrs. Ernestine Wood was an angel on earth who has now gone to meet her loving husband Robert Wood in Heaven. Loved her forever. She and pastor Wood introduced me to God and Salvation. Enjoyed so many spaghetti suppers and Sunday popcorn with them and their daughters. Who knows what I may have become if it was not for Robert and Ernestine Wood. Thank God for memories.

  2. Mrs. Wood was my spiritual mom and God used her so much in my life. Not only did I know and appreciate Mrs. Wood but my husband and 3 children did too. After growing up and leaving Whitesville it was always a treat to return to the church she loved and see her. I know she is in a better place but I grieve the lose of this saint and angel in my life. I ditto the comment left by Elaine Whitsell Towner. Kim (Freeman)Thompson