of Wilson, AR
January 16, 1954 - November 18, 2023
Leila Jane Hood "YaYa"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.
Words can not express how sad I am to hear about Leila’s passing. Although I didn’t see her much I loved that woman so much. She was always one of the most beautiful women inside and out that I’d ever met in the 64 yrs of my life. She was the essence of grace, beauty, and poise and I was always blessed to be in her presence. I use to babysit Trish many yrs ago when she was still in a high chair and no matter how many times I would talk to Leila we would laugh about the time Trish didn’t want to eat and threw her alphabet soup all over me. I know heaven has certainly gained a most beautiful angel. I’m so sorry I just found this out today and that I missed her service.
I am so saddened to see and hear of her passing. Leila was a long time dear friend. I remember visiting when she was home with #1 at Golden Lake, wow such a long time ago. Harrison and family, I will pray for God to wrap his comforting arms around you all. Such a fine woman she was.
Sending sympathy and healing prayers
Leila was one of a kind- she had a big personality and was always optimistic. Prayers for all of her friends/family.
Lifting the family up in prayer.
Leila left too soon, may she rest in peace.
MS Pat I was so sorry to hear about Leila. The last time I saw her was at my Mom's funeral in 2011.Leila & I were always good friends in school & had a lot of fun. My heart goes out to you & the family. You all will be in my our prayers. Sandra, Vic & Roby Hall
Harrison, Mrs. Moore, Morgan & family. I’m so very sad for your loss. Leila was a beautiful lady with a beautiful soul. I’m praying for comfort, strength, peace of heart & mind for each of you. Take comfort knowing she is with Jesus and all the saints in heaven and you will be with her again one glorious day! Continued prayers for you all.
My heart is hurting for Harrison, Tricia, Morgan and her loving grandchildren. Leila was a fine person and a wonderful friend. I will always remember her smiling which she did a lot of. I pray for this family to help them in this sad time.
Leila was such a wonderful person. She always had the ability of letthing those around her know she loved them. I will always treasure our years of close friendship and regret that distance got in the way of staying in better touch. My heart goes out to every member of her family, I’m praying that you feel the Lord’s peace in the days ahead. Ann V. (Bennett) Clemmer
My heart is broken for your family. What a light to the world was taken. My prayer is that God's Grace will help you through this time. I was a Stirewalt and have such wonderful memories of the Moore family. Prayers for all.
Pat, James Reubel, Tricia, and Morgan, I am heartbroken to hear the news about Lelia Jane. I recall when she was born and have seen her grow into a strong, self-reliant woman who enjoyed life and the love of her family. Harrison, although we have never met, I have heard how happy you have made Lelia and all her family.To all of you, I share your grief and pray that her memory will be a blessing to you now and in the days to come.Bobby Ross