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Benjamin Wood


Benjamin Wood
Oct. 6, 1931 – Jan. 15, 2024
Benjamin Clarence Wood, 92, of Belle Chasse, LA, died Jan. 15, 2024, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Ben, also referred to as “Clarence” by many relatives, was born Oct. 6, 1931, in Tylertown, the eldest son of Angus Bouie Wood and Arzilla Wood.
He was a 1949 graduate of New Zion High School then attended Southwest Jr. College in Summit. After leaving High School, he joined the Mississippi/Alabama National Guard in the Dixie Division, but left Jr. College in 1951, being activated by the Army National Guard during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed at Ft. Jackson, SC where he was Sergeant of the 31st Unit, 155th Regiment, Company K.
Following his discharge in 1952, Wood began studies at LSU in Baton Rouge. He spent the summers working offshore and was hired by The California Co., later to be Chevron.
On Nov. 27, 1953, he married Shirley Harrington at her parent’s home in Derita, NC. Making their home in Buras, LA they welcomed sons Barry and Jody then relocated to Belle Chasse, LA following Hurricane Betsy. They loved spending time in their camper at Dauphin Island, Ala., and purchased a second home there in 1979. Following Ben’s retirement after 37 years from Chevron in 1990, they purchased a motor home in 1994, and traveled all 48 contiguous states and Canada until Shirley’s passing in 2005.
He enjoyed attending their sports activities such as soccer, volleyball, baseball, and football. His favorite sport teams were the Atlanta Braves, New Orleans Saints, and LSU. He enjoyed watching old western movies on Grit TV, Air Disasters on the Smithsonian Channel, Classic TV comedies like “All in the Family” “Beverly Hillbillies”, and FOX News.
He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Harrington Wood, parents Angus Bouie and Arzilla Wood, and brothers Merwin Dale Wood and William ‘Bill’ Lloyd Wood
Survivors are his sons Barry Neal (Carol) Wood of Metairie, LA, and Benjamin Jody (Sherry) Wood of Terrytown, LA; grandchildren Adam Wood Little (Casey) Baton Rouge, LA, Brittney Wood Hardouin (JJ) Metairie, LA, Danielle Albritten Maruschack (Brad) Denham Springs, LA, Trey Albritten (Bess) Lafayette, LA, Christopher Litton (Grace) Lincolnton, NC; great grandchildren Abigail Maruschak, Noah Marushak, Grayson Albritten, Wyatt Little, Abram Albritten, Chandler Litton, Noelle Litton, Reed Litton.
Two services celebrating his life were Jan. 26, 2024, at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA, and Jan. 27, 2024 at Hartman Hughes Funeral Home, interment at the Wood Family Cemetery, his grandson Rev. Christopher Litton officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to help provide services for maintenance and repair of the Wood Family Cemetery. Donations may be made to the 501c3 foundation in honor of Benjamin Clarence Wood at Wood Family Cemetery Fund, in care of Pinebelt Foundation, 1501 Adeline Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.

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