Zelda Braswell Wood, aged 90 of Smithfield, passed into the arms of her Heavenly Father on December 1, 2017 after a lengthy battle with dementia.
Zelda was born in Selma Township, a daughter of the late William AlexanderBraswell and his wife, Ada Stafford Braswell Hinnant. She was also preceded in death by herbeloved husband, Charlie Braxton Wood, Sr.,and her
siblings Kathleen B. Finch, Harvey Braswell, Sr., Doris B. Sweetland, and William A. Braswell,Jr.
Survivors include one daughter, Deidre W. Kraft (Robert) of Smithfield, and twosons, Charlie Braxton Wood, Jr. (Sheilah) of Clayton, and Roger Henderson Wood (fianceCindy Burrell) of Raleigh. Zelda is also survived by four treasured grandchildren: ChristinaWood, Kimberly W. Van Enkevort (Ryan), Candace W. Swain (Dustin) and Jonathan TylerWood as well as three precious great
grandchildren: Presleigh and Camden Swain and her namesake, Zelda Van Enkevort. She hasone sister, Berniece B. Beasley of Virginia, one brother-in-law L. Roger “Jimmy” Wood (Linda) of Selma, one sister-in-law Hilda S. Wood of Garner and numerous cousins, nieces and nephewswhom she cherished.
Zelda graduated from Wilson’s Mills High School as Valedictorian of the Classof 1944. She was a past employee of Burlington, Fieldcrest and the Johnston CountyHeritage Center. She was also a past Regent of Smith-Bryan Chapter NSDAR and a memberof Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir forover thirty years.
Zelda loved her Lord, her family, her church family, her flowers (especially irises anddaylilies), poetry, a good book, the News & Observer, finishing the daily crossword puzzle, VanGogh paintings, and genealogy. She authored four family history books and co-authored otherson Johnston County kinfolks.
Funeral services were Sunday Dec. 3 at First Baptist Church in Smithfield followed byburial at Hills of the Neuse Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given to the Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church Building Fund, 652 SwiftCreek Road, Smithfield 27577 or to the Johnston County Heritage Center, 241 East Market Street, Smithfield 27577.
The family gratefully acknowledges the love and care Zelda received from the special people atSmithfield Manor Nursing & Rehab Center where she had lived for nearly six years.