Master Sergeant John Henry Hood USAF (Retired), passed away at home, surrounded by loved ones, on Sunday March 16, 2014, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 9, 1929.
He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Jean; his daughter Debbie King of Trussville, Alabama; his step-son Tommy Green and wife Vicky of Stuart, Florida; his step-daughter Lisa Ammerman and husband Boyd of Panama City, Florida; his brother Loman (Butch) Hood and wife, Melba of Birmingham, Alabama; his sister Joyce Thompson of Dora, Alabama; his 6 grandchildren, Kelley King Wallace, Birmingham, Alabama, Kevin King and wife Heather, Springville, Alabama, Brian Green, Stuart, Florida, Danny Green, Orlando, Florida, Mandy Ammerman Combs and husband Jason, Moundsville, W. Virginia and Brandon Ammerman, Panama City, Florida and his 5 great-grandchildren, Hunter and Tanner King, Christopher Wallace, Wesley and Jocelyn Combs.
He was preceded in death by his first love and wife, Myrtle Hood, his parents Edgar Loman and Ruby Etheline Hood, his son Mike Hood and wife Mona, and step-son Asa Green.
John served in the United States Air Force
for 23 years during which some of his assignments included, Guam, Montana, Puerto Rico, and Thailand. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star
. John has been known to say that the Air Force made him into the man he became. He retired on October 1, 1970.
He had a second career with Continental Telephone Company, retiring in April 1984. John was a member of Lynn Haven Baptist Church. During his time in Military service, John enjoyed membership in the Jaycees, the Elks, and the Masons. He was currently a member of The American Legion, a life-time member of Air Force Sergeants Association and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was an avid dog lover and raised three Pomeranians (Grant, She-She, and his last one, Misty). He and Jean enjoyed camping, spending winters at Tyndall Fam-Camp where John was one of many volunteers who worked diligently building the recreation center, which is still enjoyed by everyone camping at the campground. He enjoyed playing a game called washers with his many friends at Fam-Camp which really seemed like family, since they would all return every winter.
He loved spending time with his family. In John's later years, he would say "This (meaning family) is what it is all about."
Visitation will be held at Wilson's Funeral Home on Friday, March 21 at 11 a.m. and funeral services to follow at 12 p.m. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Reverend Boyd Ammerman and Covenant Hospice Chaplain, Steve Watson will be officiating. Pallbearers will be John's grandsons, Kevin King, Brian Green, Danny Green and Brandon Ammerman. Memorial donations may be made to Covenant Hospice, 107 W 19th Street, Panama City, Florida 32405. Wilson Funeral Home
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