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Funeral Services for Mr. Charles W. Wood, 76, of Connerville were held Saturday, March 4, 2017, in the Herb Clark Memorial Chapel in Tishomingo. Pastor Kerry Groce officiated. Interment followed in the Connerville Cemetery.
Charles Wayne Wood was born July 2, 1940, to John and Ruby (Lamb) Wood near the community of Oil Center, west of Ada. He passed away Feb. 28, 2017, at Alliance Health in Durant. He graduated from Vanoss High School in 1958 and attended Murray State College, where he met Yvonne Cole. That was the beginning of the next 59 years of his life.
Charles and Yvonne were married June 24, 1960. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in July 1963 during the Vietnam crisis. While Charles was stationed at Fort Sill, Kimberly KaLynn was born. He was discharged from the Army in July 1965 and the family moved to Connerville. It was there they started their ranching operation and he began working for the U.S. Conservation Department. In 1972 he began working for Uniroyal Tire Co., which later became Michelin Tire. He worked there until he retired in 1995 and began full-time ranching.
Charles attended Connerville First Baptist Church before moving to Lake Texoma, where he became active in the Mead Baptist Church. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a lifetime member of Pontotoc Lodge #136.
It was while he and Yvonne were preparing for their 50th wedding anniversary that Kim told them she was expecting their first grandbabies — twins. He then started preparing a home near Kingston to be near his grandchildren, Colt and Kate. He spent many hours riding them around Lost Acres on the golf cart and the lake, visiting with friends, feeding the birds, picking up shells and lost lures. He claimed credit for teaching Colt to throw a pretty good fishing hook. Kate was more interested in having a picnic with MawMaw's snacks.
He was meticulous about his home and yard.
Charles suffered a heart attack in 2003, and a stroke in September 2016. He loved spending time with family and friends and he will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.
Charles is survived by his wife of 56 years, Yvonne Cole Wood of the home; a daughter, Kimberly Andrews and her husband, John, of Kingston; his grandson and granddaughter, Colton and Kathryn Andrews of Kingston; a sister-in-law, Elsie Cole of Connerville; a nephew, Ronald Cole and his wife, Raye Lyn, of Tishomingo; a niece, Rhonda Coleman and her husband, Jerry Don, of Tishomingo; his great-nephews, Dakota Cole and his wife, Jamy, of Connerville and Nevada Cole and his wife, Amanda, of Ada; his great nieces, Michelle Ables of Coalgate and NiCole Standridge and her husband, Jeramy, of Durant; an aunt, Esteleen Farmer of Hot Springs, Arkansas; and three cousins who grew up like brothers, Jimmy Wood of Altus, Lynn Wood and his wife, Donna, of Ada and Glenn Wood and his wife, Marilyn, of Wichita Falls, Texas.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Cole.
Published on  March 10, 2017
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