ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rev. Samuel Wood  78 years old , born on February 15, 1941 and passed away on March 20, 2019. We will remember him forever.

Posted by Greta Fiester on February 15, 2020
Thinking of a man with the bright smile, and brighter spirit. Happy heavenly birthday, Sam! You are missed.
Posted by Debra Skeete on February 15, 2020
Remembering Pastor Sam Wood and his labors of love for the kingdom. May his family be continually comforted and strengthened, until we join him and our loved ones on the balcony of heaven.
Posted by LINDA SCOTT on February 15, 2020
Happy Heavenly Birthday!
Continue your well earned rest until that great getting up Morning. Dr. Marsha and the kids are carrying on remarkably. You would be well pleased. We are reminded of you as they live out and through the wonderful legacy that you left behind.... rest easy, gentle giant. Prophetess Linda
Posted by Jordan Wilson on April 12, 2019
Of course I have memories of my dad as a child--us playing "Hand of Doom" which was obviously a tickle game. Him taking me to the playground and pushing me on the tire swing. Going to the McDonald's in Porter Square followed by Brigham's Ice cream shoppe on a Saturday afternoon.
But out of all of my memories with my dad, the most precious are those from the last 5 and half years. Of him being elevated to Papa and watching him interact with his grandkids. He had a unique nickname for each one. Skylar was his Scoop, Honor: Sugah, Asa: Mistah and finally Woody was Guy.
The last year living all together was a wonderful gift from God. My dad became an integral part of morning and evening routines. Honor would reserve a time slot for tickle time and Skylar would ask for Papa to read a book. Papa made the stories come to life in only a way he could. Asa, as he got older, joined in the fun of story time and showed off for Papa having him look at how he could jump off of the last step into the living room. Lastly, Woody. Woody was completely contented in his Papa's lap. Anytime he would fuss, we would place Woody with my dad and he would immediately quiet down. They enjoyed their naps together! 
While I am sad that my dad isn't with us physically, his memory, and moments big and small, have been imprinted to recall at any time. I am glad this is not the end. Until we meet again. I love you.
Your Pook.
Posted by Marion Skeete on April 3, 2019
Tribute to Rev. Samuel C. Wood by Marion Skeete, Founder and President of LegacyMakers, of which Pastor Sam was a Board Member:
Pastor Sam and his beloved wife, Dr. Marsha H Wood, have served on the LegacyMakers International Ministries Board for two years but they have been friends of my family for over 30! Pastor Sam will be greatly missed for his love for the Lord, great communication skills, humor, candor, and not to forget, his amazing voice! We salute you, sir! Thank you for the enthusiasm you demonstrated when called upon to serve. I know you and my parents are having a grand time up there! I look forward to the Great Reunion.
That said, undoubtedly the greatest legacy that Pastor Sam has left LegacyMakers and my own personal life is the legacy of FAITH. He chose to live in faith and die in faith. After all, it’s not the outcome of faith that is the victory that overcomes the world; it is FAITH itself.
Hebrews 11:13 says, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
Tributes by Board Members of LegacyMakers:
Friends and loved ones depart but God will never leave you comfortless.. May Rev Sam's precious relationship with you all stay with you to comfort and encourage your heart in continuing in your faith. God is our refuge and strength and a very present help in trouble. [Ps 46v1] God has promised strength for every sorrow. May He in sympathy and unfailing love bring new courage to your hearts. 
Chuchi Merino
I have never had the pleasure of meeting Pastor Sam Wood in person, but did have the privilege of serving with him on the board of LegacyMakers.
Whether he was ministering, testifying, just sharing or praying, I always knew that I was hearing wisdom speak - wisdom gained from living life. Whether in good or bad times, his faith and passion remained the same in an unfailing God.
I am sure Pastor Sam has left behind a legacy through the lives he has impacted in some way or another. I am glad to say that I too am one of the ones Pastor Sam impacted through a few short hours spent on conference calls that reached San Antonio, Texas. What a blessing!
Humbly submitted by Minister Yolanda Comas
Pastor John and Minister Terri Hurd would like to send  expressions of love to Dr. Woods and Family on the homegoing of our Brother and Friend Pastor Sam Wood. During a previous telephone conference for LegacyMakers International Ministry  He testified about how God healed him from cancer and he would no longer be ashamed to let the world know what God did for him in order to encourage others. Hebrews 11:6 says without faith it is impossible to please God. Pastor Sam was a Man of Faith and Encouragement! Our prayers are with you Dr. Woods and Family ! We love you!
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
5504 South Prospect Ave.
Ravenna Ohio 44246
‪April 1, 2019‬
 
Resolution:
Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforted us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 2 Corinthians 1:2-4.
In his own divine wisdom and purpose, God has called our husband, father into eternal glory
Pastor Samuel Wood.
As the songwriter has pen so poetically, “if I can touch somebody as I travel along, if I can cheer someone with a word or song, if I can show somebody that they are traveling wrong then my living will not be in vain.”
Whereas, we the officers and members of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church desire to express our love and respect to the family, we make these resolutions.
A copy of which will be kept in our records and a copy given to the family with our deepest expression of sympathy.
 
Humbly submitted,
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
Reverend John R. Hurd, Pastor
Minister Terri M. Hurd, First Lady
Sister Lisa Johnson, Church Clerk
Posted by Katrina Clark on April 1, 2019
Rest in eternal peace, beloved servant. You have earned this rest and may you find the comfort you've brought to so many. I thank the Lord for the gift of your life. May God continue to nurture, strengthen and bless your beloved wife, Marsha, daughter Jordan, and your entire family. He's got them................this I know. Peace, Pastor Sam. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Posted by Keith Harvey on March 31, 2019
I was privileged to have the opportunity to learn from and travel with Pastors Sam & Marsha. I recall the trips to Delaware, where we sang songs and Pastor Sam ministered the Word. I have fond memories of good times fellowshipping at their house. I can hear his infectious laugh even as I’m writing this.
Pastor Sam was an encouragement to me. He was one of the few people that I knew believed in me and pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone in several areas.
I am blessed having known the Wood family. I would like to express my sadness in the passing of Pastor Sam. Although I know that he’s fine, he will be missed. I had recently reconnected through the passing of another friend, Sterling Saunders, and was looking forward to getting to see Pastor Sam in person. I regret not getting to do so, although we did get to speak over the phone. I love and am praying for you all!
Posted by Beverly Sealey on March 29, 2019
I extend my heartfelt condolences to my friends, the Wood family, on the lost of leader, husband, father, Rev. Samuel Wood. I pray Rev. Sam will rest in peace and that he has gone home to Glory to be with our Lord and Savior. We have been friends for many years and I remember the good old days of the Sugar Shack and his group, the Nine Lords. You will be forever remembered.
Posted by Greta Fiester on March 28, 2019
Our time with Samuel was so short! I first met him with Rev. Dr. Marsha at a Bridge Metrowest Sunday morning gathering. He had a wonderful smile, and a face that showed a rich and full life. His recent sickness was a barrier to getting to know him apart from that disease. I would have loved to have heard him sing. I'm grateful for an eternity to spend with all those who have gone before us in the Presence of the One who loves Sam (and us) best. My prayers are with Rev. Dr. Marsha and Jordan and their family. May Samuel's memory always be a blessing.
Posted by Patsy Owens on March 27, 2019
Woody, a kind, wise, spiritual and loving man, who will be missed so much. He leaves his precious family and dedicated friends and is swept into the comforting arms of his cherished Lord. Woody will be cared for from now on by God. Larry and I will miss Woody so much and we will remember all the pleasure Woody gave us with his talented singing and his group, the Nine Lords! Good times!!! Farewell my friend.
Posted by Hewitt R. Joyner Jr. on March 26, 2019
Gone too soon, Rest in Peace, my Brother!
Posted by Joyce Chandler on March 26, 2019
May Heaven enjoy your song. Eternity is yours now.
Posted by Billy Jones on March 25, 2019
Knew you only well enough to remember the 9 Lords' vocalists. Rest in eternal peace, Sam.
Posted by Pam Kadmiri on March 25, 2019
My sincerest condolences to Marsha and Jordan and all the family.
Sam was such a kind and gentle soul. May he rest in peace in the arms of our precious Lord.
Posted by Jane Smith on March 25, 2019
Condolences to the Woods family from old friend Tony Talbot & family
Posted by Alonzo Thompson on March 25, 2019
He was my forever friend, faithful and true. He was my brother in every way possible without being blood related. We laughed together, wept together, and rejoiced in the Lord together. In some things I led him, but in many things he led me. I shall truly miss Bro Woody, as I called him, Rev. Samuel C Wood, with all my heart and soul. I thank his wonderful wife, Rev. Dr. Marsha Wood for all she did in so many countless ways to help him fulfill his life and for loving and caring for him through every pain and difficulty he endured... In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.
My Dear Brother will surely dwell in the house of the Lord forever, and God willing, we will be together again. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
I love and miss you Dear Brother... 
Al
Posted by Sheila E. Emerson on March 25, 2019
My dearest Friend Samuel . May you enjoy your wedding in Heaven . I rejoice in you achievements of being such a good loving friend on earth. A voice so rich with love and joy In our Childhood ,with your brothers the Nine Lords. was all Filled with great spirit .   Agape my brother 
REV Samuel (Sammy) Wood ,  amen!  jn10;34
Posted by Ralph Elliot on March 25, 2019
Sammy will truly be missed by many. May he have eternal peace in the arms of the Creator
Posted by Timothy Wilson on March 25, 2019
A MAN OF GOD. YOU WILL BE MISSED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. SO THESE THREE THINGS CONTINUE FOREVER: FAITH,HOPE,AND LOVE AND THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE. 1 CORINTHIANS 13:13
Posted by Paula King on March 25, 2019
My sincere condolences to my Godmother, Reverend Doctor Marsha Wood and Jordan during this time of Sorrow, as Godfather Woody is being called home to the lord.
Godfather Woody always made himself available to listen to any problems I had growing up and always gave pointers that I had not thought about. I am very grateful that the lord sent him to my Godmother Marsha and I was lucky enough to spend time with both of them.
Now Godfather Woody is taking his place with the lord, and he will be missed, as he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
I was a flower girl in Marsha and Woody’s wedding and he kept his promise and brought faith, joy and happiness but greater than any of these things. He brought love.
Posted by Fareed Ansari on March 25, 2019
Marsha and Woodie embraced my conversion to the NOI 50 years or so ago, and were faithful Muhammed Speaks customers. I would go through the old neighborhood with the "paper" Bean Pies and Whiting Fish and stop on Copley Street and drop off a paper and spend a little time. They were newly married and I was meeting Woodie for the first time. He was always welcoming like an old friend. I have met a lot of people in my day and Woodie was unique in that he struct me as a man of Peace. Peace was his personality.
Posted by Rev. Lima Lewis-Guy on March 25, 2019
My dearest sister,
What then can we say to these things? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all things. His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. Brother Sam has earned his wings and now soars in the Heavens.
As you journey this new path, know that God is your refuge and strength, an ever-present help every step of the way. He will never leave you or forsake you. I decree He fills you with unspeakable joy and incomprehensible peace as you trust in him, so that your tomorrows will overflow with a brighter hope by the power of His Spirit.
Remember this, you have been the greatest friend and wife Sam could have ever had. Therefore it is with great joy and thanksgiving I join you in celebrating Sam's love, life and legacy. May your cherished memories bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.  Love You Always.
Posted by Norene Richmond on March 24, 2019
With Sympathy,
Your loved one has passed, but will never leave your heart and memories.
May his soul rest in peace.
You and your family are always in my prayers.
Posted by LINDA SCOTT on March 24, 2019
My sincerest condolences to Dr. Marsha and the family. Reverend Sam will be sorely missed. His gentle manner, jovial nature and kind words will be forever etched in our heart and mind. A towering giant both in the natural and spirit, he was always encouraging others with a heart and determination to see all men and women lead a better life. Rest well my friend. We'll see you on the other side.
Prophetess Linda Scott
Posted by Lila Nottage-Reid on March 24, 2019
Oh my, Dr. Marsha, I am sooo sorry to hear of Sam's loss. He fought the good fight and is now at peace with the Lord. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and the family. I will continue to pray for God to grant you the comfort and strength that you need as you go through each passing day. I love you and am here for you.
Posted by Anne Heithaus on March 24, 2019
I met Marsha and Sam years ago on a trip to Scottsdale Az.  We went on a tour to the Grand Canyon together. Sam had me watch over Marsha as she had a cane  He always watched over his beloved Marsha  Just in that day touring I made such good friends with both of them. They were just so much fun to be with. Through the years I heard of Jordan’s wedding and the arrival of her four beautiful children. I heard about all the good things in there lives and I shared mine. But I also heard all the others. I was so thankful to have met Sam  Such a sweet and gentle man. Who wouldn’t want to know him. Marsha and her family are lucky to have had him as long as they had and now sweet Sam is at peace with our God and now as he does best “ Watching over those he loved”. He will be missed more days then others but we all well have our memeories of Sam  Which will put a smile on our faces. Thank you Sam for letting me in to your friendship club . It was a pleasure to be one of your friends. May you Rest In Peace and please watch over your dear Marsha and your family Prayers for your family
Posted by Dr Rex al Opusunju on March 24, 2019
Pastor Samuel, You fought a good fight and kept the faith. Your memory is evergreen in our hearts.

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Posted by Greta Fiester on February 15, 2020
Thinking of a man with the bright smile, and brighter spirit. Happy heavenly birthday, Sam! You are missed.
Posted by Debra Skeete on February 15, 2020
Remembering Pastor Sam Wood and his labors of love for the kingdom. May his family be continually comforted and strengthened, until we join him and our loved ones on the balcony of heaven.
Posted by LINDA SCOTT on February 15, 2020
Happy Heavenly Birthday!
Continue your well earned rest until that great getting up Morning. Dr. Marsha and the kids are carrying on remarkably. You would be well pleased. We are reminded of you as they live out and through the wonderful legacy that you left behind.... rest easy, gentle giant. Prophetess Linda
his Life

My Memories of My Dad as a Child By Jordan Wilson ( Daughter)

Of course I have memories of my dad as a child--us playing "Hand of Doom" which was obviously a tickle game. Him taking me to the playground and pushing me on the tire swing. Going to the McDonald's in Porter Square followed by Brigham's Ice cream shoppe on a Saturday afternoon. But out of all of my memories with my dad, the most precious are those from the last 5 and half years. Of him being elevated to Papa and watching him interact with his grandkids. He had a unique nickname for each one. Skylar was his Scoop, Honor: Sugah, Asa: Mistah and finally Woody was Guy. The last year living all together was a wonderful gift from God. My dad became an integral part of morning and evening routines. Honor would reserve a time slot for tickle time and Skylar would ask for Papa to read a book. Papa made the stories come to life in only a way he could. Asa, as he got older, joined in the fun of story time and showed off for Papa having him look at how he could jump off of the last step into the living room. Lastly, Woody. Woody was completely contented in his Papa's lap. Anytime he would fuss, we would place Woody with my dad and he would immediately quiet down. They enjoyed their naps together! While I am sad that my dad isn't with us physically, his memory, and moments big and small, have been imprinted to recall at any time. I am glad this is not the end. Until we meet again. I love you. Your Pook.

Rev. Samuel .C. Wood's Biography

Sam was the oldest of 4 children born to Samuel C. Wood, Sr. of Boston, MA and Hilda Camilla (Rogers) Wood of GA. He had twin siblings Judy & John, 15 months younger than him, and a younger brother Barry. He is survived by his brother John of The Colony, TX.

Sam was in the United States Air Force for 8 years. During a tour of duty, while stationed in Alaska on the Aleutian Island Chain, at Galena Air Force Base, 5 Jet miles from Russia, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, October 16 - 28, 1962, his skills were needed and put into operation. He was not a combat soldier but worked in the office, as he could type. His Unit needed someone who knew Morse Code and could type. Sam said he could type and knew Morse Code. They wanted to overlook him because he was a black man, but because there was no one else on his base with these qualifications, they had to use him. Because of his skills, he received Top Security Clearance and was able to intercept Morse Code from Russia. He was able to decipher the real messages from the counterfeit messages. 
When I met Sam, Woody as he was called by his friends and his Singing group The Lords, he was finishing up his 8th year of duty with the United States Air Force, and was stationed at Hanscom Field, Bedford, MA. We met at the Brown Derby Nightclub in Boston in 1966 where he was performing with his singing grout The 9 Lords. He liked to tell the story of how we met. I was out in the audience with my friend Patsy who is here today. He spotted me from the stage, and was determined to meet me during the break. He immediately went over to me, sat down and started talking to me. It wasn’t long before he said “I’m going to marry you one day.” What a line. But he was sincere in his declaration. Three years later we married on September 27, 1969. We would have celebrated our Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary this coming September 27th, but God had a much better plan, and that was to bring him home and out of his suffering and into His presence. Truly a far better place. He is celebrating in His presence where there of fullness of joy. And I am so happy for him.
When I dedicated my life to the Lord in 1978, Sam did so too a couple of years later. He went to Bible School at Bethel Bible Institute, Boston, MA, and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary’s Center for Ministerial Education, Boston, MA. He also went into Public Health and was a Unit Manager in the Pediatric Department of Boston City Hospital. Later he worked for the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department where he was Director of the Rodent Control Program. During that time members of his staff became interested in his relationship with the Lord and showed a desire to get to know our Lord. Out of his ministry to them, our church was birthed by the same name, this time he was truly the Lord’s vessel and our ministry/church was The Lord’s Family Ministries.
Sam was very involved in helping the communities around Boston and anyone who sought his help - colleagues, friends, family and strangers.. He was also Co-Founder of Boston’s Tenpoint Coalition which took him all the way to the Clinton White House. 
Sam and I were blessed to have a beautiful, loving, supportive, daughter Jordan who was born to us one month before our Thirteenth Anniversary. One year before conception God gave me a dream and showed me a baby girl in the palm of His hand and He said her name is Jordan. Jordan was Sam’s love and delight. He nicknamed her Pooky Bear and years later shortened her nickname to Pook. He held to that name to the end. Sam and I were so blessed when Jordan met Nicholas Wilson, the love of her life and father of their 4 beautiful children. Sam loved playing with our grandchildren and deliberately made memories with them. He even got to spend some very precious quality time with his namesake Baby Woody. Nicholas blessed Sam beyond belief by naming their last child Woodrow Timothy Wilson so that he could be called Woody, the same nickname as his Papa.
Sam has lived an amazingly rich life and touched a lot of lives in his four vocations of Military Man in the United States Air Force, an Entertainer/Singer of the Lord’s, formerly known as the Nine Lords, a Public Servant for the City of Boston, and a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the only man I know with these four vocational careers and has done all of them well. 
I salute you Hon. I will always miss your presence, but I am happy you are with your Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. God bless you, till we meet again.

Dr. Marsha H Wood ( Wife)

Recent stories

1st Cousin

Shared by Steven Wood on April 24, 2019

Shared by Steven Wood on 23rd April 2019 

1st Cousin

Samuel C. Wood Jr.(or more correct, Samuel C. Wood III), was not only the eldest sibling of his immediate family, but also the eldest cousin in our generation of cousins.

      Being12 years my senior, our relationship didn’t become closer until my early teens, and after his release from military service.

      I could tell you more about how we became close after that, but then, I’d be writing a book. So I’ll concentrate on the period of time where, his life, impacted, my life, the greatest.

      As a co-founder of the, “The Fabulous Lords”, a local New England soul group, renowned for its choreography, and intricate harmonies, I was never more proud, to call him my cousin. Woody(as he was referred), somehow managed to get some of us(underage cousins), into some of the venues, like the Sugar Shack, and Zacks, to catch, The Lords, perform.

I became a number one fan, from then on.

      Later, after my own release from military service, I was invited by Woody, to audition for a position with the group, that had become available. I was overjoyed that Woody would even consider me as a contender. Needless to say, I had to do my best, to make him proud. I succeeded.

      From that point on, Woody proceeded to nurture, and teach me the business of music. That being, how to dress(he was an impeccable dresser),and carry myself, in the public eye. How to adapt to the lifestyle of an entertainer on road tours(we traveled extensively throughout the United States, and all over Canada). He taught me about the pleasures, and rewards, for giving, and performing at my best, for the audiences. And constantly warned me about the ills, and temptations, that unfortunately, is also a part of this business of music.

       It was during, and even after that time, that he became more than, just my cousin. He became my brother, a mentor, a teacher, and a friend, who guided, and protected me always, thereafter.

       Woody may be gone from this world now, but he’s left behind, an everlasting legacy, and spirit within me, and I’m sure, with so many others.

        God bless you,cuz

My friends Marsha and Sam

Shared by Craig Thompson on March 25, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing with me Marsha, while we’ve only known each other for a few years, and I only met Sam a year ago or so, I most definitely feel as we are family.

I was so very blessed to finally meet your wonderful husband and am deeply saddened by his passing while at the same time rejoicing over the fact that he is now in paradise with his Lord and Savior, in a glorified body and has received the Ultimate healing!!!

Continued prayers for Abbas Perfect Peace for you and the whole family during this time of grieving.

Thanks again for sharing this with me, it means a lot to me.

Love in Christ to you my sister