Virginia Ann Hogue Wood, 84, passed away on February 13, 2020.
She was born on October 9, 1935 at Florence, to the late Robert Guy Hogue and Maggie Sikes Hogue.
Mrs. Wood was a 1953 graduate of McGehee High School. She had many fond memories of school friends and playing on the McGehee Owls Girls basketball team. She loved the town of McGehee and the community of Chickasaw where she lived most of the years of her life surrounded by family and dear friends.
Mrs. Wood was a busy mother of five children, involved with their many activities. She and her husband, Earl, were also proud of each and every one of their grandchildren. She loved to read aloud to her grandchildren when they were young and was excited about the addition of each great grandchild to the family.
Mrs. Wood was retired from the Arkansas Department of Health. She and Mr. Wood enjoyed taking road trips during their retirement years. They also took great pleasure in watching the crops grow in the fields surrounding their home; Mrs. Wood’s favorite was was cotton. She enjoyed growing flowers, gardening, sewing, quilting, cooking, reading, solving puzzles, bird watching and spending time with family and friends.
A charter member of Chickasaw Baptist Church, Mrs. Wood married her husband in the church on July 4, 1954, and remained an active and faithful member until her health failed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 57 years, Earl Wood, Sr.; brothers, Russell Hogue, Robert Gene Hogue, Charles Wayne Hogue, and Lawrence Hogue; and her sisters, Ruby Hogue Spradlin and Mildred Hogue Foster.
She is survived by a brother, Roy Hogue and his wife, Ursula, of McGehee; a brother-in-law, John W. Foster, of McGehee; a sister-in-law, Jann Hogue, of Leland, Mississippi; five children, Earl Wood, Jr. and wife, Pat Wood of Dumas, Polly Wood Haynes and husband, Larry Haynes, of Andover, Kansas, Leigh Wood of North Little Rock, Becky Wood McCallie, and husband, Wayne McCallie, of Arkansas City, and Bill Wood, and wife, Kim Wood, of Washington, Indiana.
She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Bryan Wood and Matt Wood of Dumas, Joe Haynes and wife, Kristin, of Olathe, Kansas, Paul Haynes and wife, Ali, of Lenexa, Kansas, Mark Haynes and wife, Yvette, of Andover, Kansas, Drew Edwards of North Little Rock, Katie Edwards of North Little Rock, Jason McCallie, and wife, Kirby, of Arkansas City, Blake McCallie of Russellville, Whitney Wood of Corydon, Indiana, Erin Wood Shrock, and husband, Earl Shrock, of Lagrange, Indiana, and Justin Wood of Washington, Indiana; 10 great grandchildren, Will Haynes, Wyatt Haynes, Kevin Haynes, Henry Haynes, Tannie Haynes, Levi McCallie, Harper Wood, Bella Shrock, Finnigan Shrock, and Sullivan Shrock; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.
Visitation is Saturday, February 15, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Griffin Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 16, at 2 p.m. at Chickasaw Baptist Church. Interment will be at Dermott Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Chickasaw Baptist Church, PO Box 973, McGehee, Arkansas 71654.