Mr. Robert Rhea Wood, age 86 of Lebanon, died December 8, 2014 at the University Medical Center in Lebanon from complications from falling. Robert suffered from dementia, congestive heart failure and myelodysplasia. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 11am from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Joe Widick, associate minister of Maple Hill Church of Christ, will officiate. Entombment will follow in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday December 9, 2014 from 2-6pm and after 10am on Wednesday.
He was preceded in death by parents, John Allen and Alice E. Ward Wood; sisters, Margaret Wood Eddins, Dorothy Wood Garrett, Ruth E. Wood; brothers, Bernice Lee and Paul Allen Wood.
Mr. Wood was a well-known elementary school teacher. He taught at Norene School, a 2-teacher school, and Flat Rock School, a 4-teacher school, both in Wilson County. He also taught in Davidson County and retired after twenty years in administration in Columbus, Georgia. He was a member of Maple Hill Church of Christ, where he served as the church Librarian for many years. He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Middle Tennessee State College and a Six-Year Certificate from Auburn University in Alabama. He was a member of the following associations: Retired Teachers of Muscogee County Schools, Georgia Elementary School Principals, Muscogee County Elementary Principals, National Association of Educators (Life Member), and Honorary Life Member Georgia PTA. He served as president and secretary of some of the above organizations. Robert also served as a Volunteer at the University Medical Center in Lebanon, TN and was the president of the Volunteers in 2006 and 2007. He earned 4700 volunteer hours.
Robert is survived by his wife Betty Jean Weatherspoon Wood. They were married on November 26, 1963 sharing 51 years together as husband and wife. He also leaves behind; sisters, Nelle Wood Eddins Turner, and Rubye Wood Guethlein; brothers, William E. Wood all of Lebanon and Charles Allen (Laurel) Wood of Athens, Tennessee; many nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and great-nieces also survive.
Active Pallbearers will be: Lee Allen Wood, Gregory Wood, John Guethlein, Landon Roeder, Billy Weatherspoon, and Glenn Weatherspoon. All other nephews and great-nephews will serve as Honorary Pallbearers, as well as the Elders and Deacons of Maple Hill Church of Christ and the University Medical Center Volunteers.
In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., the American Heart Assoc., or a charity of your choice.
LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME, in charge of arrangements. (615) 444-2142 www.ligonbobo.com