of Batesville, AR
December 8, 1927 - July 20, 2021
Warren Stanley Wood II was born on December 8, 1927 and left this Earth on July 20, 2021 at the age of ninety-three years, seven months, and 12 days. Stan (as he liked to be called) was born in Tillar Arkansas, the son of Stanley Hammock Wood and Blanche Hodgson Wood. Blanche wanted her only son to be named after his father while Stanley H. wanted to name him after his father. The compromise was to name Stan after his grandfather but call him Stan Jr. When Stanley Sr purchased the local Chevrolet dealership, Stan moved with his family to Batesville at 12 years old and was a Batesville resident for the remainder of his life. As a youth, he was charged with sweeping out the dealership every morning before school and he never relinquished that task for the duration of his life-long working career at the Chevrolet Place. He also raised chickens and sold eggs in the dealership showroom during World War II to aid in the war effort. At 16, he and three other Batesville boys journeyed to Idaho for the summer where they worked for the U.S. Forest Service planting trees and fighting forest fires because there was a shortage of manpower due to the War.Stan graduated from Batesville High School and then from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. It was there that he met the love of his life, Mary Jeanette Wood (no relation) of Harrison, AR. They married on April 9, 1949 and began a 71+ year journey together.Upon graduation from U of A in 1948, Stan rejoined his father in the family business, Stanley Wood Chevrolet. They added Pontiac in 1959. He was named dealer principal in 1970 and to hear him tell it he never officially retired. Service was an important part of his life, having served as Scoutmaster, Sunday School teacher, Arkansas Auto Dealers Association board member, Chevrolet Dealer Council member, Batesville Utilities Commission member, and Batesville City Councilman. He was recognized for his service to the community by being named King White River in 2009. Though he was a Baptist most of his life, he became a member of First United Methodist Church late in life.Stan's love for the outdoors was manifested in his enthusiasm for quail hunting, boating, and especially golf. Boating and houseboat life on Greers Ferry Lake was always a favorite family activity.He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Mary Jeanette.Stan is survived by his three children, Scott Wood (Myra Looney), Janet Wood, and Karan Wood Skinner (J.T.) all of Batesville. Ten grandchildren; Stanley C. Wood (Lynn), Brian Kendall (Stephanie), Damon Johnson (Crystal), Julie Anna Skinner Taylor, Laura Wood Brissey (Phil), Jennifer Wood Cooksey (Brandon), Karan Kendall Pierce (Jeff), Jesse Skinner Freiert (Jeffrey), Woody Skinner (Bess), and Mary Wood Cox (Casey). Nineteen great grandchildren: Joshua Wood, Zachary Wood, Timothy Wood, Hattie Johnson, Luke Brissey, Mark Brissey, Aiden Gieskieng, Liam Gieskieng, Bryce Cooksey, Rhece Cooksey, Hodgson Cox, Athalia Cox, Preston Kendall, Caroline Kendall, Reed Pierce, Ben Pierce, Howell Taylor, Lily Gillihan, and Georgie Freiert plus a host of relatives and friends. Stan and Mary Jeanette were both only children and were always proud of their large family.There will be no formal visitation because of the resurgence of COVID-19. A graveside service will be held at the family site in Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville on Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 10:00 AM. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and grandsons-in-law. Memorials may be made to your favorite local charity.
You are all in my thoughts and prayersJan Burrow Qualls
Scott, We are so very sorry to have learned of your dad's passing. In our eyes he will always be remembered as a Gentle Giant. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy to you and the Wood Family. Sheila and Dusty Kelley
Dear Scott, Janet and Karan, Our family is saddened to learn of the recent passing of your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this period of grief and loss. Dad asked to especially tell you how much his friendship with your father and grandfather, and also with Scott meant to him over the years. Sincerely, Robert Ford, Becky Ford Doster and Ron Ford
Prayers and memories for this great family.
A great and loved individual Stanley Wood was a big part of Batesville. This family has been so much a part of Batesvile History that anyone who has ever lived in or around Batesville knows the family. Good bye old friend, gone but never forgotten. God bless this man and his family.
Sorry for the passing of mr. Stan You will have great memories tears and laughter to remember all the love he shared. I will miss seeing them both in church. Sending love prayers and thoughts for his children grandchildren and family. Sincerely Linda Thompson
THEY BROKE THE MOLD! MR STAN WAS A CUT ABOVE AND A REAL AND SINCERE PERSON.I'M SAD THAT HE IS GONE BUT I KNOW THAT HE IS NOW HEALTHY AND HAPPY AND HAVING A MARVELOUS REUNION WITH HIS WIFE AND FAMILY THAT WENT BEFORE.I ENJOYED THE TIME I SPENT WITH HIM AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE GOOD MEMORIES.
Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear father and grandfather.
So sorry for ur lose. Our prayers and hearts go out to your families. Stan was a great man and I enjoyed laughing and visiting with him. He will be missed
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
So sorry for the loss of your father. I am so glad to have been able to care for both of your parents. May God bring you peace and comfort during this time.
Keeping the family in our prayers for comfort and Peace!
My deepest condolences to the Wood Family and friends. So sorry for your loss and God Bless.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Wood. We fondly remember him and your family from our time in Batesville. Please be assured of our prayers for your peace and comfort as only God can give.
Sorry to here about this. He was a great man and I will never forget the many trips he made to the family farm hunting.
So very sorry for the loss of a special man. My thoughts and prayers for the family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I have always loved hearing stories of the Wood family from my husband who was Stan’ s first cousin as he spent many happy summers with the family. Then we began to visit together and always felt like special visitors as Stan made everyone so welcome and knew everyone in the area and made sure we met them. Stan will be missed by so many people as he was a very special man with a zest for life. My deepest sympathy to allBarbara
I am sorry for your family's lose.
Stan was a great guy. Our thoughts an prayers are with all the family. Rest in peace , stan!
In or thoughts and prayers,Phyllis, Alan, Paige, & Andrew Vickery
Prayers for all your families. I am so sorry for your loss.
Scott, Janet, Karan and Family - What a great life led by Mr. Wood! He and Mrs. Wood were always so gracious and kind ... the times enjoyed at their home and houseboat will always be remembered fondly. Angie and I send you our condolences, and best wishes.Greg
Scott, Myra and family, I am sooo very sorry for your loss. Stan will be greatly missed.