November 15, 2018

Mrs. Emma Kate Render Wood

Mrs. Emma Kate Render Wood was born on March 17, 1938 in Centralhatchee, Georgia to the late Oliver Render, Sr. and Alice Goode Render.

She was a longstanding member of Canaan Baptist Church where she was instrumental in the Hospitality and Kitchen Ministry.

Emma worked for over fifty years, serving her community as a compassionate and dedicated caregiver to a number of families and the elderly in the Homestead, Florida and LaGrange, Georgia areas.

She had several hobbies and pastimes but cooking, fishing and spending time browsing the farmer’s market were the ones that topped the list. Her Saturday evenings were usually spent cooking for friends, her church family, neighbors… and generally enough food for anybody that might drop by on a Sunday after church. And on many afternoons, you could find her and her Paul on the banks of one of their favorite fishing holes. She rarely met a stranger and she graciously opened her doors to those in need.

On Thursday, November 1, 2018 at West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange, Georgia, she departed this life in the presence of her loving family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings:  Willie B. Render, Mildred Lee Poole, Ruby Maelee Render, and Ben “Zach” Oliver, Jr.

Emma is survived by her husband Paul Wood; one daughter, Patricia A. (Cleveland) Friday/Jeff; step-daughters, Gemeka Wood, Brenda McDowell/Darrell, and Sandra Gates/Kenneth; two grandchildren, Ashley (Friday) Weber/Zachary and Deanna Friday; three step-grandchildren, Zariyah, Zaylon, Jayden; and four great-grandchildren, Corri, Zoe, Jackson and Harrison; sisters, Carrie Mae Pless/Anthony, Elizabeth Bates, Mary Towns/Tommy, Mattie Burton, Rosie Lee Holloway, Nellyne Johnson-Moore/John, Carolyn Reeves; brother, Felix Render; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at Mt. Zion Community Church (9703 HWY 34 West, Franklin) Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 12:00 PM.

Lakes Dunson Roberston Funeral Home of Lagrange is in charge of the arrangements.

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