Paul Houston Woods joined the U.S. Army right out of Whiteville High School and served 20 years. He was in Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded many medals and honors including a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was hit by napalm while in Vietnam and was scarred on his arms and chest. He was Army Special Forces and paratrooper. He retired to Garner and died of stomach cancer in 2017.