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Robert Rhea Wood, 86

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Mr. Wood, 86, of Lebanon, died Dec. 8, 2014 at the University Medical Center in Lebanon from complications from falling. Robert suffered from dementia, congestive heart failure and myelodysplasia.

Funeral services were conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Joe Widick, associate minister of Maple Hill Church of Christ, officiated. Entombment followed in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

He was preceded in death by parents John Allen and Alice E. Ward Wood; sisters Margaret Wood Eddins, Dorothy Wood Garrett, Ruth E. Wood; brothers Bernice Lee and Paul Allen Wood.

Mr. Wood was a well-known elementary school teacher, having taught at Norene School and Flat Rock School -- both in Wilson County. He also taught in Davidson County and retired after 20 years in administration in Columbus, Georgia.

He was a member of Maple Hill Church of Christ, where he served as the church Librarian for many years.
Mr. Wood received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Middle Tennessee State College and a Six-Year Certificate from Auburn University in Alabama.

He was a member of the following associations: Retired Teachers of Muscogee County Schools, Georgia Elementary School Principals, Muscogee County Elementary Principals, National Association of Educators (Life Member), and Honorary Life Member Georgia PTA. He served as president and secretary of some of the above organizations.

Robert served 4,700 hours as a Volunteer at Lebanon's University Medical Center and was the president of the Volunteers in 2006 and 2007.

Survivors include: his wife Betty Jean Weatherspoon Wood. They were married on November 26, 1963 sharing 51 years together as husband and wife.

He also leaves behind sisters Nelle Wood Eddins Turner and Rubye Wood Guethlein; brothers William E. Wood -- all of Lebanon and Charles Allen (Laurel) Wood of Athens. Many nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and great-nieces also survive.

Active pallbearers include: Lee Allen Wood, Gregory Wood, John Guethlein, Landon Roeder, Billy Weatherspoon and Glenn Weatherspoon.

All other nephews and great-nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers, as well as the Elders and Deacons of Maple Hill Church of Christ and the UMC Volunteers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc., the American Heart Assoc., or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements were in the care of Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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