Jim is a proud native Virginian who grew up in the coal mining mountains of rural southwest Virginia. Working since the age of 13, carrying drill bits and dynamite on mine sites and going to school; his goal was to graduate and join the United States Army. Graduating in June of 1984 and leaving for Basic Training in September of the same year he started a long resume of service to our country and our state. After training, Jim, a newly certified paratrooper reported to the 82nd Airborne Division where he spent the most of his active duty service.
Continuing his service to our country as a member of the US Army Reserves, he moved to Johnson City, Tennessee in 1993. There he met his wife Twyla, while working as a manager for an entertainment company with venues throughout the southeast. In 1995 Jim was recruited for employment in Charlottesville, Virginia by a competitor. Jim’s ability to raise new business from nothing more than a plan and his skill to rescue failing business gave him a reputation that was sought after by many large companies around the country but his love of his home state was what really brought him back to Virginia.
After the September 11th attacks, Jim was called back to service with Virginia’s 29th Infantry Division where he was expected to use the leadership skills and wisdom attained through his previous experiences in the military and business world.
Jim and Twyla welcomed their son, Stacy (named for Jim’s grandfather) into the world in June of 2002 and they began searching for a place to put down roots and call home for their family. In 2005, the Wood family moved to Waynesboro just before Jim deployed to Iraq during the “Surge” in An Bar Province. Upon Jim’s return, being a decorated combat veteran, he and fellow veterans using their skills attained in combat, started a private security firm in Waynesboro contracting through the US Government providing security, training and force protection teams. This was a service that provided needed support to US national security and much needed jobs for returning war veterans. The firm dissolved after their US State Department contracts concluded.
Jim at this time returned to school to complete a B.A. Degree in History, he also became an independent contracted firearms instructor working many of the major firearms dealers in the Shenandoah Valley and also Augusta County, Waynesboro & Staunton cities. Jim now continues to work as a firearms instructor and store manager for Nuckols Gun Works in Staunton, Virginia. Twyla is both an independent Art & Antique dealer and is also employed by Bremo Auction House in Charlottesville. Stacy, an Eagle Scout and National Honor Society cadet Company Commander at Fishburne Military School will be attending East Tennessee State University this fall.