Erby U. Wood, age 99, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, IL. Erby was born on March 17, 1917 in Frisbee, MO, a son of the late James Albert Wood, Bessie (Westbrook) Wood and his stepmother, Gladys (Gravel) Wood.
Erby was a faithful and dedicated member of Grace Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #877 in Granite City, IL and Scottish Rite Bodies in Belleville, IL. Erby had worked for Commonwealth in Granite City, IL and American Car in St. Louis, MO as a craneman, retiring after many years of dedicated service. After retirement Erby and Bobbie moved to Climax Springs, MO and built a home on the 54 mile marker at Lake of the Ozarks. He enjoyed fishing, water skiing, and bowling on the Senior League in Granite City, IL. His greatest joy was serving the Lord, going to church and spending time with his family, whom he adored. Erby loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, Erby was preceded in death by two wives, Addie (Bobbie) Wood and Mildred Wood; son, Thomas Wood Sr.; and by his sibilings, Clarence Wood, Emory Wood, Amos Wood and Gladys Palme.
He is survived by his dear wife, George Ann (Thomason) Wood of Granite City, IL, whom he married on July 4, 2006; loving children, Dixie Wood of Madison, IL, Barbara Rainwater of Granite City, IL and Polly (Bob) Shackelford of San Antonio, TX; proud grandfather to Randy (Susan) Rainwater of Granite City, IL, Thomas (Tracy) Wood Jr. of Cedar Hill, MO, and Gwynne Adams of San Antonio, TX; Tammy Wood of Alton, IL nine great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road Granite City, IL, with a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m.
In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016 at Irwin Chapel with Rev. Daniel Wilson officiating. Erby will be laid to rest next too his first wife, Addie "Bobbie" Wood at Valley View Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.
Memorial donations may be given to American Heart Association or Grace Baptist Church and donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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