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LeRoy James Wood, age 95

LeRoy James Wood, 95, of Jacksonville, AR, passed from this life on February 21, 2024. He was born in Bluffton, AR, on January 23, 1929. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dock Nooner Wood and Ruby King Wood. His wife, Dora Mae Wood, and five brothers, Junior, Clifford, Billy, Bobby & Willie, and five sisters, Sis Wood, Margaret Paul, Virginia Cunningham, Dottie Fox, and Juanita Stephens.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Wood, and three biological sons, Rick, Sr. (Lanie), Gary (Karol) & Rod. Three stepchildren Jerry (Dawn) Healy, Lisa Dunlap, and Kelli (Roger) Hall. Sixteen grandchildren and thirty-two great-grandchildren. His Sister Jo Ann Ouzts of Gould, AR. Several nieces and nephews.

LeRoy was a minister in the churches of Christ for over 75 years and an entrepreneur. He’s worked for several churches in the mid-central United States. He preached in KY, MO, CO, & AR. He preached at the Bailey Street church of Christ in Jacksonville, AR, twice, and Cabot, AR & was the preacher of the North Jacksonville church of Christ until his death. He was superintendent of the Southern Christian Home in Morrilton, AR from 1967-1979. He was a board member of Crowley’s Ridge College for years. He owned several laundry mats and a furniture store in the Cabot, AR, area.  He owned a funeral home, The Oxford Inn, and LeRoy’s Grill.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be sent in his name, LeRoy Wood, to Crowley’s Ridge College, 100 College Dr., Paragould, AR 72450, or to Southern Christian Home, 100 W Harding Street Morrilton, AR 72110, or

A visitation will be held on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 1:00pm with a funeral service starting at 2:00pm in the chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Burial to follow at Serenity Garden Cemetery on T.P. White Drive in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Diane Hughes Posted February 23, 2024 12:53 PM

    Peep was the sweetest guy ever. Much love and prayers fir all.

  • Marie Roberts Posted February 23, 2024 1:49 PM

    This man was loved by many and he loved children.

  • Marsha Jewell (Elkins Rhoads McMillan) Posted February 23, 2024 2:22 PM

    He was a personality bigger than life and we all loved him. A wonderful man whose legacy lives on in the work he did and those he helped.

  • David Elam Posted February 23, 2024 2:24 PM

    Praying for you all. My first memories of church was with brother Wood in Jacksonville back in the mid 60’s and can remember going to their home to eat after Sunday service. 😢

  • David Elam Posted February 23, 2024 2:26 PM

    You all have my sympathy, he will be missed!

  • Jack and Jackie Carpenter Posted February 23, 2024 4:32 PM

    Brother wood was a fine Christian that help me out a lot he wanted to see you succeed in life, thank you my friend. Prayers for the family.

  • Debbie Clawson Posted February 23, 2024 7:50 PM

    I’m going to miss LeRoy. He was a very good man. I looked up to him from the time I met him. I’m going miss his bbq. He made the very best.

  • Mary Newsome Posted February 23, 2024 10:01 PM

    Bro. Wood was a huge influence in the lives of many people. I knew him when he was the superintendent at Southern Christian Home. His job had to be one of the hardest. I can only imagine the difficulty of being responsible for 100s of children . I love him, and appreciate all he did for me. I pray his family finds comfort knowing that he’s at rest now.

  • Tiffany Hope Posted February 24, 2024 8:47 AM

    Mr Leroy it breaks my heart to hear of your passing. I can never thank you enough for all the love and support you showed me for so many years and I will forever be thankful for you allowing me to work for you. You sure made work feel like family. Mrs Doris and Rick I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you both. Jacksonville lost a great man and a great friend!

  • Judy Richardson Posted February 25, 2024 3:48 PM

    Kesa and Dave my deepest sympathy to you and your family prayers continue

  • Bruce and Robin Black Posted February 26, 2024 6:32 AM

    Leroy Wood was a faithful servant in the Kingdom, a good man and a wonderful friend. We will never forget all the kindness and encouragement he and sweet Doris lavished on Robin and me. We are so very glad that he is now enjoying the great reward His savior has prepared for him.

  • Kathy Rose Posted February 28, 2024 9:35 PM

    Uncle LeRoy was such amazing inspiration to many. Touching many lives . So loving, compassion just being around him growing up was such a delight listening to stories always kept us going with much joy and love. I always looked forward going to Uncle LeRoys being with family during summer ,memories I will always cherish. Will miss him so much just feel very fortunate having him in my life . Love you Uncle LeRoy

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