Roy Lee Wood
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(Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret.)
Roy Lee Wood, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at his home on May 31st, 2013 in the early morning. He was born August 11, 1924, was a native of Enon, Louisiana and a longtime resident of Amite.
He was a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, having first enlisted at the age of 14. He served in the Pacific during WWII, the post-Korean War negotiations in Panmunjom, and in Army Intelligence at the Pentagon. He readied an artillery battalion for the Vietnam War and served with NATO in Europe. Colonel Wood retired in 1967 after serving 30 years. He then graduated from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and practiced law in Amite from 1970 until the mid-1990s. He was an active forester, farmer, surveyor, conservationist, and historic preservationist. Passionate about native Longleaf Pine and indigenous plant species, he was committed to reforesting his land after Hurricane Katrina.
Col. Wood is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lyda Camille Yates Wood; four daughters, Lyda Sue Wood Madison and husband, Bernard L. Madison, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Alice Jane Wood Hallmark of Amite, Louisiana; Gail Marie Wood Martinez and husband, Alfredo Martinez of Patzcuaro, Mexico; and Amanda Lee Wood Barnett and husband Barry M. Barnett of Alexandria, Louisiana; and brother John Jewel Wood of Lacombe, Louisiana. He is survived by 13 grandchildren, Eva Camille Madison Pieper and Blair Bernard Madison (Sue's children); J. Arthur Smith IV, Grace Wood Smith Martin, and Marie Clare Hallmark Verdin (Jane's children); Dominic Carlo Marcello, Katherine Marie Marcello, Thomas Anthony Marcello, and Elizabeth Marie Marcello (Gail's children); and Katherine Camille Barnett, Lee Austin Barnett, Marcus Wood Barnett, and Lily Elizabeth Barnett (Amanda's children); and four great-grandchildren, Samuel David Pieper, Isla Utilia Madison, Victor Garrett Marcello, and Everett Grant Verdin.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother; his parents, Eustace and Ada Lee Wood; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Camille and Fred Yates; son-in-law, Roger Hallmark; and granddaughter, Anna Marie Marcello. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday and at First Baptist Church, Amite, from 12 noon until Religious Services at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Services conducted by Rev. Mike Foster. Interment Edwards Cemetery, Amite.
For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
McKneely Funeral Home - Amite
110 E. Factory St. Amite, LA 70422
Published in The Town Talk from June 1 to June 2, 2013