Volume 51, Number 16

sixteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, April 17, 2014

Obituaries

Ward Larkin Hassler
February 25, 1931 - April 4, 2010

BYRDSTOWN--Ward Larkin Hassler, 79, 1264 Lovelady Rd., Byrdstown, passed away April 4, 2010 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired State Highway Department employee.
He was born Feb. 25, 1931 in Cookeville the son of Newton Larkin “Lark” Hassler and Jimmie (Gunnels) Hassler. He lived all of his life in Pickett County and was a member of the Lovelady Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Julie Hassler; and brother, Curt Hassler.
Surviving relatives include wife, Joyce (Parris) Hassler, Byrdstown; two daughters, Amy Garrett and husband Steve, Byrdstown; Jamie Harris and husband, Stephen, Morrison, Tn.; other family members and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held April 6, 2010 at 1 p.m. from Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Louis Davis and Bro. Rick Cross officiating. Burial was at Lovelady-Sims Cemetery. Pallbearers were Les Reeder, Barry Poore, Frank Capps, Bryan Barnett, Bill Davidson and Merrill Nottingham. Honorary pallbearers were Glenn Parris and Avery Hassler.
Brown Funeral Chapel of Byrdstown was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Bob Lee Woods
January 26, 1940 - March 30, 2010

Old Hickory, TN--Robert “Bob” Lee Wood Sr., 70, passed away March 30, 2010. He was born in Fort Worth, TX Jan. 26, 1940 to James and Frances Wood, Bob was always the consummate family man known to friends and family as a devoted husband, loving father, and doting PaPa.
After his graduation from high school in Jackson, TN, Bob joined the United States Army and continued his service with the United States Army Reserve until being honorably discharged. He attended William and Mary and Trevecca Universities as well as Draughons Junior College.
He originally came to Nashville to work at H G Hills, where he was employed for many years. He later worked for Terminal Freight (Sears) before starting his own logistics company, ATS Southeast, Inc. (formerly Rent-A-Driver, Inc.), from where he retired last year. Most recently he served as VP Development at Wood Group Enterprises.
Bob never slowed down, and always strived to serve others in many capacities. He was a fourteen year Trustee of Belmont University, former recreation director of the Nashville Baptist Association, member of Victory Baptist Church in Mount Juliet, member of The Jere Baxter-Edgefield Masonic Lodge #254 and an Al Menah Shriner.
Bob always enjoyed time spent dancing, and was a member of the Music City Bop Club and owner of Dance Discovery. He was also involved in, and a supporter of, numerous charities and the performing arts – including the Nashville Symphony and Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Growing up in a military family, Bob lived his childhood in various places throughout the U.S. as well as Korea and Germany. As an adult, he enjoyed travelling across America, Europe and the Far East; and, was an enthusiastic Vanderbilt, Titans, and Predators fan. However, PaPa was an even bigger fan when attending one of his grandchildren’s baseball or basketball games, tennis matches, or school plays.
Bob is survived by his wife, Joetta Hill Wood of Old Hickory; children, Robert “Bobby” L. (Mary Kay) Wood Jr. of Mount Juliet, Reena (fiancé, Sean) Wood-Smith of Mount Juliet; children by marriage, Tana (Bryan) Lewis of Nashville, Mark (Jennifer) Hill of Mount Juliet; grandchildren, Kelsie and Robert “Trey” L. Wood III, Chipper and Caitlyn Smith, Alyssa and Sam Wood, Peyton and Gracie Hill, and Sadye Lewis; brother, Joe (Sherry)Wallace Wood; sisters, Jean Branch and Joan Howell; mother-in-law, Daisy Daniel; and, many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his wife, Naomi H. Wood; son, Stephen W. Wood; father, U.S. Army Chaplain Lt. Col. James A. Wood Sr., mother, Frances M. Wood; and brothers, John Wood and James A. Wood Jr.
Services were held on Friday, April 2 at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet with Rev. Chuck Groover and Dr. Raymon Leake officiating. Interment at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Serving as active pallbearers are Darren Davenport, Sean Flanagan, Allen Hamilton, Mark Hill, Dale Saxon, and Todd Wood. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Wallace Wood, Ollie Cole, Jim Dickerson, and the Mackinac Island “Grand” Friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bob’s honor to the Wood Family Memorial Scholarship Fund – P.O. Box 312 Mt Juliet, TN 37121.

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