Jonathan Frank Bennett Wood, 71 of North Little Rock, died Saturday, October 3, 2009. He was born on Sunday, April 24, 1938 in Washington D.C. and was a resident of North Little Rock for 29 years.
Mr. Wood was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh and Elberta Wood and a brother, Raleigh Edward Wood. He is survived by his devoted wife Margie of 49 years, son Clark and his wife Michelle of Sherwood, son Jon and his wife Lisa of North Canton, OH and daughter Carol (Pearcy) and her husband Bob of Texarkana, TX and by his 9 grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Meagan and Bennett Allen Wood, Avery, Merin, Jonathan Jacob, and Claire Wood and Morgan, Jay Bennett and Lillie Kate Pearcy. Mr. Wood is also survived his beloved nieces and nephews Raleigh, Joe, Andy and Marcus Wood and their mother Opal Wood, all of MS, along with Linda Branum of Sullivan, MO, Janice Trice of North Little Rock, Paul Bolls of Columbia, MO, Lisa Arterbury of El Paso, TX and Robin Vaughn of Los Cruces, NM.
Mr. Wood had many talents, was intelligent, smart, musical, artistic and athletic however, he was most talented at being a loving, generous, involved and fun husband, father, "Popsie" and "Uncle Bennett". He was a graduate of Harding University, where he met his wife, played on the first intercollegiate basketball team in 1957. He remained active at Harding, serving on the President's Council for many years. He had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh, even when self directed.
When his children were young, he coached youth football and baseball. He had such innovative ideas, along with an ability to make team sports fun and an affinity for motivating young boys, that they begged to be on one of his teams. He teamed with Clark and Jon to play in Father/Son tennis tournaments, once winning the Arkansas Father/Son Championship.
He never failed to stand up for what was right, no matter the circumstances or repercussions, which served him well in his career with the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. In retirement, he enjoyed golfing, painting and giving away much of his work to family, friends and charity auctions. He also spent his time writing and performing volunteer work at North Little Rock Baptist Hospital and Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, where he served as an Elder. He was also a minister and presided over the weddings of many family and friends. He was a Godly man.
Visitation will be held at Roller Chenal Funeral Home (501-224-8300), 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR from 6-8 P.M. on Monday, October 5, 2009. Funeral Services and a Celebration of Mr. Wood's life will be held at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.
Interment at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Alexander, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the J.F. Bennett Wood Endowment, c/o Steve Lake, Harding University 915 E. Market Ave. Searcy, Arkansas 72143.
Arrangements by Roller Owens Funeral Home (501-791-7400).