Saturday, April 4, 2015

Funeral of John Wood Jr.

Funeral of John Wood Jr. [born 27 Sep 1858 - died 9 Sep 1931]

John Wood [twin] was born September 27, 1858 at Lehi, Utah and was a son of John Wood Sr. and Ellen Smith, early pioneers to Utah. His father was a Dixie pioneer, and as a child he went through the privations incident to the time. The memories of his boyhood days includes those of the old oxen team that, each fall, carried molasses and dried fruit north and returned with winter supplies. A great deal of his early life was spent in the cattle business. He was known as one of the finest horsemen there was. His old companions said he could ride a horse, or rather a bucking bronco, with a dime in either stirrup without losing them from the stirrup. He was not a profane man, and while working on the range he was a leader and an example of honesty and integrity. As an active church worker, he served for twenty years in the bishopric with James Ballard and J. N. Stanworth, at Grafton, Utah. He was considerate of his dead and helped complete a small record of 1,500 names.

He was a county commissioner for one term and served as road commissioner for ten years.

[30 Jun 1882 John WOOD Jr. married Sarah Jane GIBSON daughter of George Washington GIBSON and Ann Elizabeth NEWMAN.  They nine children five boys and four girls where, John Andrew WOOD 1883-1932, Ellen May WOOD 1885-1886 / 16 months, Pearl Ann WOOD 1887-1887 / same day, Ether WOOD 1889-1974, Ivie WOOD 1891-1985, William Erwin WOOD 1893-1969, Claudius WOOD 1896-1944, Clarence WOOD 1899-1955, Josephine WOOD 1902-1902 / 4 days.]

Funeral services were held in Hurricane Ward hall, September 12, 1932, at 2 p.m. with bishop I. H. Bradshaw presiding. Opening song, The Resurrection Day, prayer by Bishop Frank T. Johnson. Song, I Have Read of a Beautiful City, by the Choir. Speakers were: James N. Stanworth, E. N. Stanworth, followed by a ladies' quartet singing, Say Not That I Journey Alone. James W. Emely and President Claudius Hirshi then spoke. A violin solo was given by Ormon Weight, entitled Oh My Father. David Hirshi then spoke and said that the Wood family and Brother Wood merited all the good things that had been said. They commanded respect from all who came in contact with them and were noted for their devotion to the truth. Closing song, I Know That My Redeemer Lives. Benediction was by Ira H. Bradshaw. Interment was in Hurricane Cemetery. Grave was dedicated by Chauncy Sandburg.

Ancestry Chain: BR, Lark, Kirt DeMar WOOD, John Andrew WOOD, John WOOD Jr. and Sarah Jane GIBSON. 

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