Leila "YAYA" Jane Hood

of Wilson, AR

January 16, 1954 - November 18, 2023

Leila Jane Hood

Leila Hood passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 69 years of age. She was born to Benton Moore Jr. and Patricia Wampler Moore in Memphis, Tennessee on January 16, 1954.

Leila was preceded in death by her father, Benton Moore Jr; brother, Benton Moore III and son, Neil Nelson.

Leila grew up in the small town of Turrell, Arkansas. She was a 1972 graduate of Turrell High School and has been a resident of Wilson, Arkansas for more than 40 years. She was a proud member of the Wilson First Baptist Church and Wilson Cooperative Club. She loved to serve her church and community. Leila had many friends from all areas of her life whom she loved dearly. She spent several years working in real estate where she formed many of her lasting friendships. She married Harrison Hood on January 24, 2007. Leila was the most loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother.

Leila had a passion for family and cooking. She loved to show off her meals almost daily. She loved spending time with her three granddaughters at sporting events, shopping, or even just at home teaching them to cook. She was their biggest fan. She also loved spending time and visiting with her friends as much as possible and was an amazing caretaker and friend to many.

Leila is survived by her husband, Harrison Hood; two daughters, Tricia Nelson and Morgan Johns (Kevin) of Wilson, Arkansas; three granddaughters, Julia, Emily and Stevie Johns of Wilson; mother, Patricia Moore of Turrell, Arkansas; brother, James Moore (Nancy) of Turrell; brother-in-law, John Nelson (Catherine) of Wilson; four nieces, Allison Wilson, Ashley Jeter, Shelby Nelson and Sara Ruth Slemmons; five nephews, Rober Elrod, Frank Elrod, Chris Elrod, David Elrod and Jeremy Purser; along with many great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Services will be held at Wilson First Baptist Church. Visitation will be Friday, November 24th from 6:00-8:00pm and funeral on Saturday, November 25th at 10:00am. We will reconvene for burial at Crittenden Memorial Park Pavilion in Marion, Arkansas at 12:15pm. Roller Citizens Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be sent to EastArk Enterprises at 401 S Woods, West Memphis, AR 72301. EastArk Enterprises is a Division of Pathfinder Inc., a day treatment center for adults with disabilities and an organization Leila has supported for many years.

Service Information
Wilson First Baptist Church
1 Jackson St.
Wilson,  AR 72395
11/24/2023 at 6:00pm-8:00pm
Funeral Service
Wilson First Baptist Church
1 Jackson St.
Wilson,  AR 72395
11/25/2023 at 10:00am

Crittenden Memorial Park
2206 Highway 64 West
Marion, AR 72364

Memorial Contributions
EastArk Enterprises
401 S Woods
West Memphis, AR 72301

Obituary Provided By:
Roller-Citizens Funeral Home
201 North Pine Street
West Memphis, AR  72303