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Paul Leroy Wood, Jr.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Paul Leroy Wood Jr. Jr., 79, of 220 Essex Road, Cookeville, TN, passed away, Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at his home in Tennessee 

Born Wednesday, December 24, 1941 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of the late Paul Leroy Wood Sr. and the late Effie Marie (Harbaugh) Wood.

Paul graduated from North High where he played sports and loved football.  After graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp where he started boxing and karate.  After serving honorably with the Marines, he joined the Hagerstown City Police Department and worked his way through the ranks before being appointed as the Acting Chief in 1986 and appointed Chief in 1987 thru 1993 when he retired.  During his time with HPD he instructed in the academy in defensive tactics , attended the FBI National Academy and became the SRT-Special Response Team Commander.  He then went on to be the Police Chief of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, 1993-1996, Roseville, Minnesota 1996-2002 and Edgewood, Pennsylvania 2002-2007 before retiring after 45 years in public service.  After moving back into the area, he became the lead bailiff at Washington County District Court.  When he retired for good, he moved to Tennessee.  Paul loved staying active and started Wood's Cobra Karate where he reached the rank of 8th degree black belt.  He spent his life protecting and serving, and loved the friendships he made with so many over the years. Memorial donations can be made to Thomas Pangborn FOP Lodge 88 PO Box 61 Hagerstown, MD 21742.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl "Chris" Wood; three daughters, Paula A. Sahene and husband Jim of Pittsburgh, PA, Jill Munson and husband John of Maugansville, MD, Sondra Cardullo and husband Russell of San Leandro, CA; two sons, Curtis W. Wood and wife Doreena of Hagerstown, MD and Ronald Avey of Halfway, MD and numerous grandchildren & great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara A. Greer.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 5:00 pm, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen D. Robison officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Interment will be private

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Curtis and Jill, I am so saddened to hear of your father's passing. I was a teenager when I met him and began taking karate lessons with my cousin Scott and Aunt Jo. I always thought he was the bravest man I ever met and I looked up to him with such respect and awe. Those feelings have never faded and I will always remember him and my time at Cobra Karate fondly. May he rest in peace.

Connie (Powell) Young
Williamsport , MD

Chris and family, sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers during this difficult time.

Steven & Roberta Pryor
Hagerstown , MD

I had never met anyone like you. You sped into our lives in a fast car with a love for the law, karate, movies, mysteries. You married my mom and became my family, a second father. There are too many memories to articulate what you mean to me. You were the pilot my first time in an airplane; you took me places I’d never been. You were calm, indulgent, a good listener. You had so many stories, so much advice. You showed me what a life is like when you make big, bold choices and great moves. I owe you so much. At my best and my worst, you’ve shown up, unfailingly supportive. This was not just for your family but for all the many and varied circles in your many and varied life. I am honored to have been a part of it for so long; I am eternally grateful for how you loved my mom, myself, my children. You will be missed tremendously.

Sondra Cardullo
San Leandro, CA

Thank you everyone for the great memories of Paul. He had spoke of many people over the years. He kept articles of any one that worked for him. If you think that you didnt make a difference in his life also your wrong. He never forgot anyone. Either martial arts or the police force. Everyone of you meant something to him. The family deeply appreciates everyone that was a part of Paul's life. You helped make a great man. And I know my mother loved him very much. We will miss you Paul

Ronald Lee Avey Jr
Hagerstown, Maryland

Wood Family, So sorry to hear of the passing of Paul , I knew him literally my whole life ,I was pretty young but never forgot the Gatherings at the Clubhouse , karate,& the Beach trips, Great memories for sure , Rest in Peace Paul, give Dad a hug for me

Kelly Hessong
Hagerstown, MD

I first met Paul when I became a first time Manager in Edgewood Borough in 2002. He had recently been appointed as the Police Chief. He left in 2007, me shortly thereafter, but he would continue to check in with me as I progressed in my career. To this day, during those conversations over the years, I always referred to him as Chief. He mentored me during those early years together and I have continued to think about what he had said, how he handled himself, and how he treated people. As life, particularly in the public sector, has gotten harsher, I think more and more about Chief Wood. Chris I'm so sorry for your loss. There truly is no one else like him! Kurt Ferguson

Kurt Ferguson
Doylestown, PA

Curt & family, our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike, Tammy & Bonnie Leigh
Hagerstown , Maryland

Thanks Paul, Enjoyed our times together. Many laughs, many stories and lessons learned from our times together. Thanks for taking good care of Chris. God Bless, a great man will be missed. Condolences for all family members.

Larry Turner
Gallatin , Tn

My thoughts and prayers to the family of Master Wood. He was my mentor back in the 80’s and taught me so much about life and self control. He was a great man and gave so much to the community. So sorry for your loss God Bless

Wanda Poffenberger
Sharpsburg , Maryland

A truly great man who I had the privilege of knowing for over 40 years. My condolences to all of his Family and Friends may you find comfort in your memories and in your Faith.

Dave Rizer
Hagerstown, Maryland

I'm so very sad to hear of Paul's passing, I was fortunate to meet him early in my police career and he was always a great person to work for and with. He was always someone who understood what it was like to be on the front lines. Paul always impressed me with his skills and determination in martial arts and his willingness to share his skill and knowledge. I know he's watching over us all now. May the Lord bring his family peace and comfort.

Wesley Poole

I am very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I enjoyed working with him for many years at District Court. My thoughts and prayers and with his family.

Amy Bowen
Tampa, Florida

My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was an awesome man.

Patty Shantz
Greencastle , Pennsylvania

I was very sad to receive notice that Master Wood had passed away. He will be remembered by my boys and men and women who were in Karate classes. My condolences to the Woods family, my prayers are with you and remember Paul will never be forgotten.

James “ Jim” Rickett
Waynesboro, PA

I was quite saddened to hear of Paul's passing. Paul was one of the finest police officers I have ever known. Paul was well respected, courageous, and loved by his family, friends and peers. Paul was very fair, but firm, in dealing with the public. Law enforcement has lost one of the great ones. I am so proud to have known Paul over the years, and thankful to have called him my friend.

Kim Barnes
Hagerstown, Maryland

There are very few men in the world like Paul Wood. He was my mentor and friend. He taught me so much in the martial arts but importantly, he taught me about life. Thoughts and prayers to all of his family and friends.

David Leather
Hagerstown, MD

Paul was a solid leader, backed his officers and treated them fairly and with respect. I worked for him for many years and the pride he felt for his organization was obvious. Curt - so sorry for your loss. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

Jerry Landsman
Boonsboro, MD

Great Man! Hands down "The" Best Chief I worked for and one of the best mentors to have been blessed with in my life. Just had that it factor as a man. Knew how to lead, when to coach, correct, and inspire. Pivotal to my growth as as man and to my career as a Police Officer. He also blessed me with another brother in Curt. Rest In Peace Chief. May all your family and friends find comfort during this difficult time of mourning. Know with all your heart that he is now with God in Heaven, more alive now than ever. All our love and support, The Hurd Family

Jim and Kim Hurd
Hagerstown, MD

What a great person. I was the Fire Chief and Paul the Police Chief in the mid 1980/s and we talked at least three times a week about what what happening in the city and our departments mostly eniding with laughter. Just in the last few weeks the then City Administrator Steve Feller passed away but every Friday Paul, Steve and myself would meet for a weekly update of our departments. We all had what dark sense of humor fire and police have and every Friday was spent laughing. Paul was a great friend and support for me in my early years. My friend may you rest in peace and sone day we'll all be together again for our weekly updates.

Hagerstown, MD

It is with the deepest regret that you re no longer with us, we all loved you and will never forget you.

Paul and Joann O’Flaherty
Hagerstown, Maryland 21742

Sending my condolences to one of the greatest guys I know. I served with him on the Hagerstown police Department and also studied under him in the Freestate Karate club, earning a Brown Belt. He will be missed. Sending prayers up to comfort and strengthen the Family.

Robert Lee Burnett
Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland, USA, Maryland

I am very sorry to hear about Pauls Passing. My grandparent lived a couple doors down from him and i had several occasions that i got to talk to him. Rest in Peace Paul

Samuel Baker
Martinsburg, West Virginia

Curtis & Jill I’m sorry to learn of your Fathers Passing. I know he was a Great man. Sending Prayers to you guys and your Family in your time of need!!!

Brian Fuller
Williamsport, Md

To the Wood family, I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of Paul. I alway considered him to be a good Chief when I worked for him but I also considered him to be a good friend. My condolences.

Bill Rourke
Smithsburg, MD

I am so very sorry for your loss. Always remember hearing anout this man, a good man. Continued healing prayers. Jan Love Wehrle

Jan Love Wehrle
Hagerstown, MD

So sorry for your loss, Curtis ,Jill and family.

Scott Shank
Hagerstown , Md

Condolences to you Curtis and the entire family. May your dad continue to rest in peace.

Everet and Arlene Lake
Hagerstown, Maryland

I first meet Paul when he became Chief of Edgewood. I was a senior patrolman and he wanted to make me a Sgt. With a lot of prodding, I finally agreed to his request. I eventually became a Chief of my hometown because of his mentoring and support. We became very good friends while he was at Edgewood. I tried to better his game of golf but that was impossible. I know Paul loved his family, the marines, the lord and police work. I am just so thankful that I flew down to visit him one last time in the hospital after his fall. I know he is in heaven walking his dogs. Take care my good friend

dennis hockenberry

Dad, there are so many things that I would like to tell you, but I’m pretty sure that you already knew. You were my superhero, police officer, SWAT commander and black belt, something from a Marvel comic book. You taught me so many things about life, being a father, working hard and standing for what you believed in. Even after your fall, you showed me heart, determination and fight, everything that made you special. I know you’re in Heaven and now whole again. Love you buddy!

Curtis Wood
Hagerstown, Maryland

This man was the love of my life and the best man I have ever known. I will love him till the day I die. I know he is with the Lord in Heaven with all those he knew and loved and walking and rejoicing

Chris Wood
Cookeville, TN

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