Farewell to Jamboree institution Alzora Wood

Heather Locke (right), co-owner of The Floyd Country Store, honors Alzora Wood for her birthday during the Friday Night Jamboree in 2016.

Alzora Huff Wood, an institution at The Friday Night Jamboree over the years, died Sunday at age 90.

She managed The Floyd Country Store during the early days of the Jamboree, assisting owner Hubert Robertson and others at a time when the store opened just one or two days a week primarily as the venue of “the place for bluegrass music” that turned into a weekly spot into an international attraction for lovers of old-time music, clogging and pickin’.

“Everybody loves bluegrass,” declared Robertson in a 2002 documentary that Amy and me shot for cable TV use.  “It you don’t, something’s wrong with you.”

Alzora led the group of mostly volunteers who got the country store ready for each Friday night.  When a North Carolina attorney bought the store in the 1990s, she was the local who kept things running.

She remained a presence with new owners Woody and Jackie Crenshaw in the early 2000s and current owners Dylan Locke and Heather Krantz.  They surprised her in 2016 with a birthday party during the Jamboree.

Visitation for Wood is set for Tuesday starting at noon at Mabry Funeral Home followed by the funeral at 2 p.m.

Alzora Wood (left) with Floyd Country Store co-owner Dylan Locke at her birthday celebration at the Friday Night Jamboree in 2016.
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