Jerry Wood was known by many names, the most important of which was Paw. His wife Nancy, three sons, ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and the families surrounding each of these were Jerry’s greatest joy. Dubbed “The Barbecue Man” by patrons of the Indian Summer Festival, Jerry and Nancy have been feeding festival-goers since the very first event in 1976. With each passing year, Jerry worked tirelessly to improve his barbecue plates and build a community of people passionate about the Festival, Woody Gap School, and the little BBQ booth that so many have come to love. Jerry’s barbecue booth endeavors included the mentoring of his grandchildren, who have worked alongside their grandfather for years learning the tricks of the trade. Even after Nancy’s devastating passing in 2014, Paw continued his selfless work to provide for Woody Gap’s students and the Suches community. His grandchildren and close friends will continue to work the booth in his absence, and sincerely hope Festival guests will stop by to see his legacy in action. Please join us in remembering Jerry (Paw) Wood and everything he has contributed to the Festival for the past 43 years. We will all miss him tremendously.