Harold Wood Obituary

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Harold Leonard Wood

May 21, 1915 - July 8, 2014
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The life of Harold L. Wood began on May 21, 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio. A peaceful ending came in the early morning hours of July 8th, 2014 in his home on Springhill Road in Mountain Brook. He lived his last years in peace with family visits and his daily caregivers, to whom the family is appreciative of their love and concern for him. Mr. Wood was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Jonnie Black Wood in 2001, and his sister, Verna Wood, in 2008. Mr. Wood was retired as the owner of Wood Chevrolet Company which served automotive customers in the Birmingham area for over 60 years. As a young boy, Mr. Wood attended Junior Military Academy...
The life of Harold L. Wood began on May 21, 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio. A peaceful ending came in the early morning hours of July 8th, 2014 in his home on Springhill Road in Mountain Brook. He lived his last years in peace with family visits and his daily caregivers, to whom the family is appreciative of their love and concern for him.

Mr. Wood was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Jonnie Black Wood in 2001, and his sister, Verna Wood, in 2008. Mr. Wood was retired as the owner of Wood Chevrolet Company which served automotive customers in the Birmingham area for over 60 years.

As a young boy, Mr. Wood attended Junior Military Academy in Tennessee, graduating in 1930. He then attended St. Bernard College, and after graduating there finished his education with a degree from Birmingham Southern College in 1940.

He then answered his country's call to arms for World War II, joining the US Army just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served with the 53rd Coastal Artillery Regiment before his shipment overseas to the European Theater. He arrived there in 1944 as a member of the 10th Armored Division, and fought with that unit across France and into Germany until the end of the war in Europe, participating in the liberation of the infamous Dachau Concentration Camp. Mr. Wood returned home and received his Honorable Discharge in 1945.


Mr. Wood had been a lifetime and devout member of St. Paul's Cathedral in downtown Birmingham. He had been an active member of Birmingham's Downtown YMCA where he enthusiastically played handball for over 50 years. Other active memberships include The Club, Vestavia Country Club. Mr. Wood was also an avid aviator and began flying after the end of the war, his favorite planes being his Cessna and his Bonanza. He belonged to the Birmingham Aero Club, the Quiet Birdmen, and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol.

Another of his hobbies, photography, included movies and darkroom work of stills which are still enjoyed by his extended family. In his later years, Mr. Wood enjoyed riding his motorcycle, which he reluctantly gave up in his last few years to continue fishing with his brother and friends as a member of Peckerwood Hunting and Fishing Club.

Survivors include his brother Robert E. Wood, one niece, Kay Hughey, three nephews, Bobby, Donny and Bill Wood, one great niece, Lynn Hinkle, and her son Tryg Hoff, cousins Sally Wood Johnson, Nancy Wood Rhead, and Loris Wood Cowan, family of Jonnie Black Wood.

A funeral service will be held 10:00 on Friday July 11th at the Cathedral of St. Paul with burial following at Elmwood Cemetery.

Special thanks is given to the Tracey Briggs family of St. Paul's for their support provided to Mr. Wood in transportation to and from Mass and in home aid. The family would also like to express thanks to Darling (Clemmy) Weber for her devotion as a care coordinator.
Arrangements under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel, Homewood, AL.

"The Woods were wonderful next door neighbors! Springhill Road was a wonderful place for our lives to happen! God bless you Harold and Jonnie" Lisa Baldone (Hoover, AL)

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