A. Everett Wood

 A. Everett Wood, 98, of Cross Plains passed away at 6:40 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at his home. He was born at Lexie in Wolfe County, Kentucky on February 16, 1921, the son of Alfred and Martha Napier Wood. He was married to Myrle Hankins on September 6, 1943 and she preceded him in death on August 27, 2011. 

Survivors include two sons Ralph (Faith Ann) Wood and Robert (Dotty) Wood both of Versailles; one daughter Carol Berry also of Versailles; one sister Irene Scudder of Lawrenceburg; nine grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, his granddaughter Linda Jane Berry, son-in-law William Berry, his brothers James and Henry Wood, and his sisters Daisy Tyra, Adah Jane Tyra, Elizabeth Wood, Nanie Mae Whisman, Virginia Nickell, and Leona Whisman. 

Mr. Wood was an Army Veteran of WWII serving with Company A of the 108th Infantry Division. He established A.E. Wood Excavating in 1954 and for several years operated heavy equipment. In 1970 he purchased the Versailles Implement Company and began Wood Farm and Industrial Supply in Versailles, retiring in 2006. He was also a farmer and worked with his family on the farm well past his 96th birthday. Everett received his pilot’s license in 1964 and maintained landing strips at home as well as at his machinery dealership in Versailles. He was a strong advocate of education and served many years as Brown Township trustee as well as on the Brown Township School Board. He assisted in the building of the Cross Plains Elementary School and the South Ripley High School. The greatest priority in his life was sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The many hours he spent reading the Bible were reflected in the way he lived. He was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship since 1950 where for many years he served as a deacon, trustee, and Sunday School teacher. He was also a member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge and the Brown Township American Legion. 

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 8 at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial was in the Cross Plains Methodist Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Brown Township American Legion. Memorials may be given to CEF (Good News Clubs) in care of the funeral home.