|Birth: ||Nov. 24, 1896|
|Death: ||Oct. 22, 1962|
Dallas Franklin Wood was born on Tuesday, November 24, 1896 in New Salem, Texas to John Franklin Wood and Dora Belle Avant.
He had nine siblings: Luther Nathan Wood, Homer Lawrence Wood, Lela Belle Wood Chapman, Charley Douglas Wood, Mattie Mae Wood Johnson Clifton, Florence Thelma Wood Lambeth, Ruby Lee Wood Little, Winnie Valentine Wood Hyatt and Oma Fayrene Wood Grantham.
His paternal grandparents were John William Wood and Mary Jane (maiden name unknown) and his maternal grandparents were Crawford Avant and Evaline Luduska Chambers.
He married Bessie Gladys Smith on December 24, 1919 in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas. They were blessed with four children: Ethel Retha Wood Barber, Helen Francis Wood Deel, Ruby Florence "Tootsie" Wood Boswell DeBruhl and Dallas "Bill" Eugene Wood.
He was an Army veteran of World War I having served with the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in France from August 22, 1918 to April 18, 1919. He took part in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. During the war, he was exposed to mustard gas. The Army sent him home to die but his father was able to nurse him back to health.
He was a retired farmer and had lived in the Jacksonville area all of his life.
He died at his home in Jacksonville on Monday, October 22, 1962. He was 65 years old.
I have such wonderful memories of this man, my granddaddy, and of the times that we would visit him and my grandmother Mama Bessie in Jacksonville. I remember him rolling his own cigarettes with tobacco from a Prince Albert tin can. I remember using the restroom in an outhouse located about 100 feet from the house and at night using a bucket. I remember drinking and bathing from water that we got from a well located on the back porch. I remember the bare electric light bulbs located in the middle of the rooms with a long string hanging down to turn them on and off. I remember going fishing with him at Mud Creek. I remember going to the Church of God in Jacksonville and occasionally hearing my granddaddy preach a sermon. I remember singing "Jesus Loves Me This I Know" with my Sunday school class in front of the congregation.
My granddaddy had a great sense of humor and he was always making his grandchildren laugh! When the Air Force assigned my dad to the pacific island of Guam we went to visit my grandparents before being sent overseas. After the visit, while we were in the car about to drive off, my granddaddy came up to the car window and told us that he would come and visit us when they built a bridge from California to Guam. My granddaddy was a good man and I miss him greatly.
The following poem was written by his wife, Bessie Gladys Smith Wood.
An empty chair, an empty place
Oh, how I miss his smiling face.
I look around, I don't see him there,
I feel his presence everywhere.
He left me alone, lonely and blue,
I don't know which way to turn, or what to do.
My dear husband was a godly man,
I am sure he went to a better land.
It was God's will to take him away,
How I miss him from day to day.
He is asleep in Jesus, resting too,
I'll do my best to live for you.
John Franklin Wood (1863 - 1954)
Dora Belle Avant Wood (1871 - 1911)
Bessie Gladys Smith Wood (1905 - 1981)
Ethel Retha Wood Barber (1920 - 1997)*
Helen Francis Wood Deel (1922 - 1997)*
Ruby Florence Wood Boswell DeBruhl (1925 - 2004)*
Dallas Eugene Wood (1930 - 1972)*
Luther Nathan Wood (1892 - 1973)*
Dallas Franklin Wood (1896 - 1962)
Charley Douglas Wood (1900 - 1974)*
Mattie Mae Wood Clifton Johnson (1902 - 1992)*
Florence Thelma Wood Lambeth (1904 - 1985)*
Ruby Lee Wood Little (1906 - 1931)*
Winnie Valentine Wood Hyatt (1908 - 1981)*
Fay Wood Grantham (1909 - 1991)*
Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
Record added: Feb 08, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10445949