TYRONZA - Merl Hood, 82, departed this life September 15, 2018 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. She was a wonderful, nurturing mother and caregiver for people in need. She was a homemaker that loved to sew, grow a garden, cook and prepare for her family. She was a woman of strong faith that was always at church when the doors were open. She loved her family with a passion stronger than words can speak of. She loved to shop and she loved Christmas and Thanksgiving gatherings, but most of all she loved her Lord Jesus Christ. Mrs. Hood was born January 17, 1936 in Waterloo, AL to Frank William and Maudie Strickland Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers Samp Smith, Rex Smith, Earl Smith and Dick Smith, and two sisters Minnie Brown and Shirley Ward.
She is survived by her husband, Billy Hood of Tyronza; two sons, Michael (Teresa) Hood of Tyronza and David (Rhonda) Hood of Marion; four daughters, Brenda (Don Jerry) Pearson of Marked Tree, Patricia Hood, Linda (Nick) Boston and Recia Hood of Tyronza; one brother, Clarence Smith of Marked Tree; three sisters Elsie Witt of Tyronza, Helen Turner of Payneway and Edna Davis of Trumann; ten grandchildren, and 14 great- grandchildren. Funeral services were held September 18, 2018 at Upper Room Apostolic Church in Tyronza, followed by burial at Tyronza Cemetery in Tyronza with Bro. Dewayne Johnson officiating and under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home in Tyronza.