IREDELL COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The family of an Iredell County Deputy killed in a crash spoke exclusively to FOX 46.
The Wood family says there was much more to Corporal Bill Wood than being in law enforcement. He was a husband, a father, and a friend.
Corporal Wood was a family man who simply loved doing things for others. He was a ride captain and served on the board for the North Carolina Chapter of Tribute to the Troops, supporting North Carolina's fallen heroes and their families.
"He had a soul everybody respected and cared about," said Corporal Bill Wood's Wife, Roxanne Wood. "He was a fair man. He was not judgmental, he was a God-fearing man-- he was a family man, very much so."
Corporal Wood was an amazing father to five children and very much in love with his wife Roxanne, who was his high school sweetheart.
"We did everything together," Roxanne said. "We met when he was 15 and I was 16. We've been best friends ever since."
An avid motorcyclist, Corporal Wood loved to ride.
"His bike had over 100,000 miles on it," said Roxanne. "He was on that bike rain, shine-- he even rode during the winter in like 30 degrees. He was on it constantly every chance he got."
On Wednesday, he was off duty, riding on Taylorsville Highway, when he collided with another Iredell County Sheriff's Deputy who was on duty.
"I guess a lot of people would ask if I'm upset he was on the motorcycle," Roxanne said. "No. He died doing what he loved to do."
From the Wood family, to the family of the other deputy involved in this tragedy, Roxanne is asking for prayers across the board.
"I want them in your prayers as well," Roxanne said. "They are having to deal with this just like us-- and it cannot be easy-- and I hope everyone understands that and knows that's what's right and that’s what's best-- and that is what Bill would want."
It's through the Wood family's faith they're able to find strength -- as they cope with losing their loved one. For Roxanne, the love of her life and very best friend.
"I know he's not only my partner, my best friend, and my soul mate-- he's also my brother in Christ and I know he's home now and that one day I'll be with him again-- God promises me that and I know that."
The Wood family is asking in lieu of flowers, that people please donate to the North Carolina Chapter of Tribute to the Troops.
Corporal Wood's funeral will be held Tuesday from 4:30-7:30 at Western Avenue Church in Statesville.
The Wood family would like as many bikers as possible to meet at Nicholson Funeral Home at 3:30 to escort the Wood family and Corporal Wood's body to the church.