Gaston Joseph (Joe) Wood, (74), of Dallas, TX passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on January 21, 2013. Born on December 18, 1938 in Jacksonville, TX. He was the son of the late Col. Gaston Milling Wood (U.S. Army ret.) and Alice Bryson Wood. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judy; son, Ben Wood and daughter Lyle (Lewis McLeroy); 3 grandsons, Dalton, Bryson and Walker McLeroy. He is also survived by numerous extended family and friends. He spent his early years in Athens, TX and moved to Dallas, TX at the age of 12. Joe graduated from Adamson High School in 1956 where he played baseball. He was a member of the 1956 State Championship Varsity team. He was a lifetime member of the Episcopal Church and, as a young boy served as an acolyte at Christ Episcopal Church in Oak Cliff. He attended Texas A&M University where he also played baseball. He graduated from The University of North Texas in 1960 with a degree in Marketing. While at North Texas, he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity in which he was named Best Pledge and was a founding member of The Savage Club. Joe was involved in the Boy Scouts of America for many years. He started as a Cub Scout and then joined Boy Scout Troop 128. He was awarded the Wynne Award as Outstanding Scout in 1953 and also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the same year. As an adult, he was Scoutmaster for Troop 577 and Assistant Scoutmaster for both Troop 897 and 456. He also was Chairman of the National Eagle Scout Association during the 1980's. His scouting experience also extended to the International level. Joe loved participating in other activities (Indian Guides, Indian Princesses and sports teams) involving his children and many of their friends. Some of his greatest joys in life came from sharing with both family and friends his love of hunting and other outdoor activities. Joe spent his career in the Insurance industry. His career began at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in the Claims Department as a Multi-Line Supervisor. He joined Pearlstone-Casey Agency, Inc., in January, 1970, where he was co-owner and Executive Vice President. He later formed his own agency in April, 1981, which he ran as a Sole Proprietor until joining with Lamar Wilson in 1982. Joe was President and Treasurer of Wood-Wilson, Co., Inc. until his retirement in July, 2009. During his career, he was a board member of The Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas and was a strong advocate for insurance legislation in Texas. Joe was a proud Texan and American. He was a lifelong member of both the Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the Republic of Texas. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Joe, most especially, those who provided care in the family home. Memorials may be made to the
, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or The Boys Scouts of America John D. Murchison Scout Office, 8605 Harry Hines, Dallas, TX 75235. Memorial Service to be held on January 29th at 1:00pm at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX 75254.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 27, 2013
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