Joe T. Wood, Sr. Forever Remembered
- May 3, 2019
- Category: Article, News
Turner Wood & Smith is deeply saddened by the passing of Joe T. Wood Sr. this week. However, rather than mourn we choose to celebrate his remarkable 96 years on this earth. He was an incredible man who was an integral part of making the TWS agency what it is today. His impact goes far beyond TWS, though. Joe served during WWII in the army and through this experience he developed a strong respect and dedication for the military and veterans that became his true calling. Joe met with every President of the United States from Dwight Eisenhower through George W. Bush to help improve the benefits provided to our active duty military and veterans. Joe also diligently served his family, church and community that he loved so much. This world is truly a better place because Joe. T Wood Sr. walked it.
Joe T. Wood, Sr., age 96, died on April 27, 2019 at his home.
Joe was a loving husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. A native of Hall County (which he truly loved), he graduated from Lyman Hall High School in 1940 and married the former Helen Thrasher Wood in 1941. He was privileged to serve this great nation during World War II. Joe was stationed in the Philippines and was honorable discharged in 1946. It was during his army service to our country that he developed a strong respect and dedication for the military and veterans that became his true calling.
Joe was a lifetime member of the American Legion, D.A.V. and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He served as commander for the Georgia VFW in 1954 and became a member of the National VFW Political Action Committee in 1956. Joe met with every President of the United States from Dwight Eisenhower through George W. Bush to help improve the benefits provided to our active duty military and veterans.
Joe was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965 and served 23 consecutive years representing the people of Hall, Forsyth and Dawson Counties. He was chairman of the Defense and Veterans Affair Committee for many years and the legislature recognized his commitment to veterans by naming a 150 bed nursing home for veterans the “Joe T. Wood Building.” Joe was a member of the Appropriations Committee for 18 years and worked diligently to secure funding for Gainesville College, Lanier Tech and I-985. After his retirement from the General Assembly, he served for 20 years as a legislative consultant to the Medical Association of Georgia.
A well respected businessman, Joe started in the insurance business in 1951 joining Paul Turner and formed Turner and Wood Insurance Agency which was successor of the Whitworth Agency that started in Lula, GA in 1905. Joined by his partners, Roy Turner and Harold Smith, the Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance Agency is recognized as one of the largest and most successful insurance agencies in the State of Georgia. Joe served as President and Chairman until 2004 but remained an employee until his death.
Joe has been recognized by numerous organizations for his work in business and the legislature. He served his community as a past President of the Hall County Community Chest (United Way), Salvation Army Board, American Cancer Society, trustee of Gainesville College, member of Chattahoochee Country Club and Gridiron Secret Society. Joe served for many years as a trustee of Truett McConnell University and for his long tenure and support, the school honored Joe by naming the board room after him. Joe was a member of Chicopee Baptist Church for over 75 years and served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and on the Finance Committee for many years.
Joe is proceeded in death by his parents, his wife of 56 years, Helen and sister-in-law Vera Sheridan. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Joe & Cathy Wood, Jr., grandchildren, Marinel Wood, Trey (Morgan) Wood, Brandon (Christy) Young, Tyler Young, brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Margaret Wood and special friend Judy Anderson. He has 5 great-grandchildren, Davis, Warren, Nora, Bryant and Max, along with several nieces and nephews.
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