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2013-12-24 / Obituaries


He never met a kid he didn’t like nor a fish he didn’t want to catch. That is the best way to describe Tommy Ross Wood, Sr., 67, who passed away Dec. 19, 2013, at Mobile Infirmary.

He spent the better part of his life protecting the highways of the state as an Alabama State Trooper. For 33 years, he had the chance to meet and work with the people of Clarke, Choctaw and Washington counties. The posting to Grove Hill in 1975 was supposed to be for only six months. That half-year turned into 21 years. In that time, he and his family adopted this part of the world as home. He retired as a corporal in 1998.

Over the course of the years, many of his children’s friends would come by, bringing constant joy and happiness as well as consternation. He always seemed to know if any of them were “messing up” and “fixing to get in trouble.” No matter age nor gender, he would say to each and every one, “Hey Bo!” In time, he was called Bo by many kids.

He was born in Troy but grew up in the country life of Briar Hill, Ala., working on a farm and going to school. After graduation he joined the National Guard and was honorably discharged after six years. He became a city policeman in Troy before joining the ranks of the Alabama State Troopers.

A self-titled world champion fisherman, he would load up his boat and hit the water. White Perch was the fish of choice that he wanted to land; wetting a hook for these became his favorite pastime. From Louisiana and across the state of Alabama, fish shuddered at the sound of his boat coming across the water. In his mind, men wanted to be a fisherman like him and fish wanted to be caught by him.

Not one to sit around on the porch all the time, he started driving a log truck to help pass the time after he retired as a trooper. He enjoyed that time on the road which allowed him to meet and interact with even more people spreading even more stories of fishes caught, tickets written and logs hauled.

He leaves to continue the colorful stories he lived and retold, his wife, Carolyn Wood of Grove Hill; a son, Ross, also of Grove Hill; three daughters Dot (James) Maulden of Brundidge, Carol (Don) Gibbs of Sweet Water, and Kelly (Patrick) Engerran; four grandchildren, Cassidy Gibbs, Taylor Gibbs, Carson Wood and Taryn Wood.

He is also survived by one brother, Larry (Reba) Wood of Columbus, Ga.; two sisters, Linda Davis and Rosa Dale “Pettie” (Jimmy) Tillery, all of Troy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Perry and Alene Wood of Troy.

The funeral was held Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill with burial in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Taylor Gibbs, Stanley Henderson, Maurice Paul, Roger Pugh, Kim Kelley, Ray Jordan, Darren Barnes and Daniel Gibson.

Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Fraternal Order of Police, former state troopers as well as current men and women of the Alabama State Trooper force.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Almost Home, Angel Tree or Fallen Heroes.

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