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Claude Abraham "Woody" Wood – January 26, 2015

Wood Obit PhotoClaude Abraham “Woody” Wood, Jr., 89, formerly of Borger, Texas and longtime resident of Amarillo, passed away in his sleep, Monday, January 26, 2015, at Childers Place in Amarillo.

The celebration of life ceremony will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2:00 PM on February 16, 2015 with the Rev. Jo Roberts Craig officiating.  Reception will follow in the parish hall of St. Andrew’s.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers, 2800 Paramount Blvd in Amarillo, Texas.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be given to a favorite charity.

Woody was born on June 14, 1925, in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He was the only son of Claude Abraham Wood Sr. and Mary Marshall.  After graduating from Lane High School in Charlottesville, Virginia, Woody enlisted in the navy training as an aviation machinist working on DC-3’s in WW II.  Upon an honorable discharge from the navy he arrived in Amarillo and began working as a salesman for Pittsburg Plate Glass Co.  On August 11, 1951, Woody married Cleo Dell Lamb, who was the love of his life for 54 years.  Together, they moved to Borger to begin a family and to open Woody’s Glass Shop in 1960.

Woody became very involved in the community of Borger.  He was an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Borger, serving on the vestry for many years.  He also served on the Borger ISD School Board, was a member of many professional and service organizations including the Masonic Lodge and Borger Rotary Club.  He was also a volunteer scout leader with Explorer Post 165 and enjoyed attending leadership training at Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre De Cristo mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico in 1972.  He loved raising his family in Borger, and instilled the love of the outdoors and community in his children with activities such as scouting and boating, fishing and skiing on Lake Meredith.

In 1976, Woody and Cleo sold Woody’s Glass and moved to Amarillo to open Glass, Inc.  Over the next 40 years they built a successful business, which he proudly passed on to his son, Garry Wood, who continues in his father’s footsteps in the industry, with his wife, Mary.

In Amarillo, Woody was a dedicated member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Amarillo, and continued his service in the Amarillo Rotary Club, AGC, CSI and ASA.

Woody was known for his love of family and friends, and especially loved for his ability to bring out the best in everyone whose life he touched.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Cleo, his son, Randy Cole, his brother Glenn Wood and his daughter Kristie Adams.  He was also the beloved father of daughter, Marsha Hawkins, husband Marc, of Diamond Bar, California; and son, Garry Wood, wife Mary, of Amarillo.  Other survivors include seven grandchildren: Erica Cole, Marcus Adams, wife Kati; Matthew Adams, wife Breezy; Juliette, Stephanie, and Rebecca Hawkins; Michael Wood, wife Tobi; and seven great grandchildren: Abbi, Ben and Andrew Adams; twins Jule and Swede Adams; and Aarin and Carwin Wood; as well as his wife, Lee Robinson Wood.

Woody will also be deeply missed by his extended family in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Tennessee and California; and by all those who knew and loved him, and whose lives were touched by his example as a husband, father, brother and friend.

4 Comments

  • Leonard R. Hudson Posted February 15, 2015 6:36 am

    Garry and Marsha my prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss.Your parents were fine people they will be missed.

  • Sharon & Paul Stradley Posted February 15, 2015 10:21 am

    Dearest Garry and family, Woody and Cleo became friends of mine the very first time we met. They were both loving people and were what the family should be. I am so happy they are together now loving and serving the Lord.
    Sharon & Paul Stradley

  • Rose Ann & Bill Smith Posted February 15, 2015 12:50 pm

    Love and prayers for all the Wood family. Loved Woody’s smile and his enthusiasm for life. How fortunate we all were to have known this gentle man.

  • Joy Montoya Posted February 16, 2015 1:36 pm

    I loved Woody so much I was lucky to have worked at childers and to get to know him. He will truley be missed. He was a very special person my prayers are with the family at this time. Joy Montoya.

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