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Lillian "Lillie" Fulghum Wood

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Lillian “Lillie” Fulghum Wood (11-7-30 – 6-20-20) a resident of Smyrna, Georgia and wife of Charles R. “Pete” Wood passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020. A graveside service will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, June 23rd at Georgia Memorial Park in Marietta. Arrangements are being handled by Georgia Funeral Care in Acworth and Pastor Jeff Pennington of Smyrna First Baptist Church will be officiating the service.

Lillie was the daughter of Susie Harrell Fulghum and Frank Freeman Fulghum. She was born in Elora, TN and grew up in and around Douglasville, GA. Lillie and Pete married 10-01-60 and first met at Fulton National Bank in Atlanta where they both worked. Then they were married at St. Mark Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA. Their first home was Southern Manor apartments in Smyrna, then they moved to their first house on Pinehurst Drive, eventually moving to Bennett Woods on Havilon Way where they raised their family. Lillie was involved in the Jaycees in 1969, President of PTA at Griffin Middle School in 1981-82, Sunday school teacher for many years at First Baptist Church of Smyrna, member of the Campbell High School Booster Club, President of the Friends of the Smyrna Library, President of the Bennett Woods Garden Club, Smyrna Social Club member, Red Hat member, and involved in coordination of the Taylor Brawner House refurbish program. She was a homemaker and master seamstress most of her years, sold Mary Kay part-time, worked at Griffin Middle school part-time teaching English as well as assisting HR Director Harriet Hillard, and worked at the Taylor Brawner House in outpatient services prior to the restoration for Ridgeview and Brawner. She serviced the community with her support and volunteer work for many, many years, especially being Pete Wood’s campaign manager. She was instrumental in writing the Paper Boy which documented Pete’s journey and his collection of memories as a Paper boy to capture the essence of Smyrna, Georgia and all its residents from 1940 to 2006 in a well sought-after book. She was the Cobb County Senior Citizen of the Year in 2008.

Lillie is survived by two children, Marilyn Wood Strickland and Stephen Charles Wood, daughter in law, Kimberly Wood, three grandchildren, Chase Wood, Carson Wood and Lily Rose Wood. One sister; Peggy Ayers, four brothers; Charles Fulghum, JW “Jake” Fulghum, Melvin “Bo” Fulghum and his wife, Carolyn, Wayne Fulghum and his wife, Pat.

A special “thank you” from Lillie’s family to previous healthcare workers Dianah Williams, Latanya Ringer, Shannon Brookshire, Better off at Home Services and Amedisys for all their dedicated attentiveness, love and care.

What an incredible, precious lady that was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, family member, and community member that will truly be missed by her family, friends and community.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WellStar Foundation in support of Wellstar Cobb Hospital, 805 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 100 Marietta, GA 30066 or online at wellstar.org/foundation.  Please leave condolences for the family at www.GeorgiaFuneralCare.com.

13 Comments To "Lillian "Lillie" Fulghum Wood"

Susan Cochran O'Neal On Jul 11 2020 at 2pm
With a broken heart I say goodbye to my Aunt Lilli. You were such a positive influence on my life since I was 15 years old! Never a year went by without a Birthday, Christmas, Get well or Congratulations card from you for the many events in my life. You were the very image of a true, well mannered southern lady. I so enjoyed living close to you and sweet Uncle Pete. I enjoyed decorating your mailbox for Christmas and seeing the loving smile on your face! You will always have a place in my heart and wonderful memories! Your living Niece, Susan. Reply to this comment
Bobbe Phatt On Jun 26 2020 at 10am
Doug and I were so sorry to learn of Lillie's passing. She and Pete were definitely "FIXTURES IN THE CITY OF SMYRNA ". She contributed so much to our city. She will be missed. Our love and sympathy to the family. Reply to this comment
Wade Lnenicka On Jun 24 2020 at 9am
Lillie (and Pete) were the embodiment of Southern graciousness. Robin and I spent a lot of time with both of them during the 20+ years that Pete served on the Smyrna City Council. As a co-founder of the Friends of the Smyrna Library, I worked with Lillie during her time with that great organization. I can truly say that when Lillie set her mind on getting something done, it happened. Prayers for the family. RIP. Reply to this comment
John Johnson On Jun 23 2020 at 11am
I just learned about your mom's passing. She was the perfect example of the true southern lady. My Mom and Pete were first cousins so I met Lillie at an early age. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Reply to this comment
Ruth Hayden On Jun 22 2020 at 3pm
Lillie was a genteel force of nature and she taught me so much about community participation when I first met her 25 years ago. I am grateful for our friendship and will treasure the memories of our times together. Reply to this comment
Bill Atkins On Jun 22 2020 at 3pm
What friends Lillie & Pete were almost all my adult life!!!! Over 60 years...RIP sweet one!!! Reply to this comment
Rebecca Landers On Jun 22 2020 at 2pm
I knew Lillie through her friend Clare and their work with FOSL-- she was always so cheerful, and gracious to be around. Clare can't get to a computer any more, but I know she will miss Lillie too. Reply to this comment
Mike Terry On Jun 22 2020 at 10am
I've known Lillie most of my adult life and was honored to serve with her on numerous occasions. She was a remarkable leader, mentor, and friend. Always kind with her words and deeds, encouraging and helpful to all, and she never sought credit, even when we all knew we were successful largely because of her hard work. Smyrna would not have its excellent library, the beautiful and historic Taylor-Brawner House, or an Historic Society, were it not for her. Reply to this comment
D.Lioneal Howard On Jun 22 2020 at 10am
What a wonderful lady! A personal friend for 50+ years. My condolences to her children and family. May she rest in peace. Reply to this comment
Maxine miller On Jun 22 2020 at 10am
Lilly was one of first persons I met when we moved to Ga in 1960 and the big news was. “she is engaged and will be marring Pete Wood. “ She was a lovely lady and always have a warm spot in my heart. She will be missed Reply to this comment
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