Harrison Bassett Wood Jr.of Little Rock, AR, 1920 - 2014
HARRISON BASSETT WOOD JR. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at the age of 94. Harry was born Aug. 9, 1920 in Jacksonville, Florida to parents Ethel and Harrison Wood Sr. As a veteran of World War II, he served four years of active duty and remained in the Naval Reserves for the next 17 years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant. After the war, he attended the University of Florida, graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. While at the University of Florida, Harry was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, an honorary scholastic fraternity. After graduating, he joined Union Carbide Company, working in the Y-12 facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He then joined ITT Rayonier in 1954 as an engineer at its Fernandina Beach, Florida pulp mill. Over the next 30 years, he held numerous positions with increasing levels of responsibility. These included manager of the Jesup, Georgia mill division, heading up a special technical task force for the Rayonier mill in Port Cartier, Quebec, assistant manager of Southeast Regional Operations, and corporate vice president, director of manufacturing services. In 1985, Harry retired and moved to Athens, Georgia where he and his wife Yvonne spent the next 29 years. In April of this year, they moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to be closer to family.
During his retirement, Harry enjoyed hunting and fishing but developed a passion for collecting, refinishing and restoring antique clocks. He was a past member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and the Athens Area Military Officers Association of America.
Harry is preceded in death by his parents; younger brother, Ray Wood; younger sisters, Helen Brink and Virginia Read; and his oldest daughter, Linda Parmenter. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Yvonne Limbaugh Wood of Little Rock, Ark.; his younger brother, Carl Wood of Franklin, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Michelle Wood of Mountain View, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Susan Page and Hank Page of Little Rock, Ark.; son-in-law, Guy Parmenter of Cartersville, Ga.; grandchildren, Stuart Parmenter, Andrew Parmenter, Julie Parmenter, Catherine Wood Hill, Matthew Wood, Walker Page and Helen Page; and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m., Sept. 23, 2014 at Riverwood Memorial Gardens in Maumelle, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Presbyterian Preschool, Linda Parmenter Scholarship Fund, 183 West Main Street, Cartersville, Ga. 30120 or to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are under the direction of Roller Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Ark. 72211 (501) 224-8300.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.
Published September 21, 2014
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Roller-Chenal Funeral Home
13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR