October 8, 1927 - August 4, 2017
William Lawrence Wood (Bill) and Evelyn JoAnne Wood (JoAnne)
Bill was born October 8, 1927, to William A. and Nela Lawrence Wood in Miami, Florida. He passed away last year on September 17, 2016, in Carrollton, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Charles Bradley Carter. At JoAnne’s request, his services were postponed until her passing.
JoAnne was born May 20, 1934, to Clarence Edward and Evelyn Violet Witt in Cumberland, Maryland. She passed away August 4, 2017, in Grapevine, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, and son-in law.
Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy, enlisting on October 6, 1945. Following discharge, he received his BSEE from the University of Florida, where he was a member of Delta Chi. He married JoAnne on June 7, 1952, the day after she graduated from high school. While living in Florida, they had 3 children, Debbi, Donna and David. A change in jobs for Bill resulted in a move to Richardson, Texas in 1967. Bill worked in the engineering profession until retirement. He also started a piano tuning company. He enjoyed singing in the choir at Arapaho United Methodist Church, where he also tuned the pipe organ and pianos. Bill was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his 80’s and began to lose his ability to concentrate and work the word and jigsaw puzzles he loved.
JoAnne spent many hours at the sewing machine making matching outfits for her daughters. She even made both of their wedding dresses in 1977. Other activities JoAnne loved were decorating the house and tree at Christmas time, reading, cooking and gardening. JoAnne retired from the Food Service, working for Richardson ISD as a cafeteria manager. She also held many offices on the RISD Food Service Board, including President. For a short while, she and Bill provided day care for their great grandson until her mobility became limited due to back pain issues.
Bill and JoAnne were very loving and supportive of their family. They moved to an independent living apartment in Irving in 2015 due to health and safety issues. Bill fell last summer and broke his hip. Complications following surgery led to his death. JoAnne underwent emergency surgery about the same time and almost joined Bill in October. The surgeons and staff at Baylor Scott and White in Irving pulled her through her crisis, but she never was able to walk again. She missed Bill greatly and has finally joined him in eternal peace.
Bill and JoAnne are survived by their three children and spouses, Debbi and Ken Morris, Donna Carter, David and Kim Wood, 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and one more due in November; and JoAnne’s two brothers, Clarence and Jim.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 on September 29, 2017 at Rush Creek Christian Church, 2401 SW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, Texas, 76017. Graveside services will be at 2:15 on October 6, 2017 at DFW National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252