Ms. Alice Louisa Wood, was born January 16, 1921, in Newville, Alabama. The daughter of the late Mr. Henry C. Wood and the late Mrs. Carrie Elizabeth Frazier Wood.
She received her elementary and junior high school training at the Newville Rosenwald School of Newville, Alabama and her high school diploma from Henry County Training School of Abbevile, Alabama on May 3,1941. Ms. Wood received a bachelor degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Physical Education from Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, in l952. In 1963 she received a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Atlanta University of Atlanta, Georgia.
Ms. Wood's career spaned for over thirty-two years in the Henry County public school system . Mostly in the classroom, but also holding various other positions throughout her many years of service I.e. principal, coach of girls basketball team, special education teacher, and many other roles as the need dictated. Ms. Wood's career started in the small community of Haleburg, Alabama later stints Newville, Henry County Training School , Abbeville Elementary, and finishing up her career at Headland Elementary.
She decided to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age was baptized and became a faithful and active member of Center Missionary Baptist Church where she remained a faithful and devoted member until her death. During her over 80 years of service and devotion to Center Baptist Church she served in many roles such as teacher of the Sunday School, Teacher of the Baptist Training Union, Reporter, and Chairman of the Program Committee, Teacher of the Missionary Society. as well as many other roles.
Ms. Wood was also active in many of the auxiliary arms of the church, including past Worthy Matron of the Do-well chapter OES (until it merged with Well chapter number 219),President of ladies Aide Society number 67and Special Grand Endowment Secretary Treasurer of the G L..A.M.S. Of Alabama, Member of Alpha Pi Chi Sorority, Gamma Chapter of Dorhan, Alabama.
Ms Wood was also passionate in the struggle of African Americans to gain full citizenship in the United States. Having moved to Atlanta in 1960, was where she first actively became involved With the Democratic movement. Working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in many activities i.e. marches, having court on letting Negros ride or sit in public buses, enter any door at cafeterias as well as eating at lunch counters. Returning to Alabama, she continued her efforts by working with Rev. J, A. Smith, Mr. Jones and many others in the struggle to give all citizens the right to vote. Although there is still much to be done, she said she could hold her head up and felt blessed to be an American citizen.
Alice Louisa Wood was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
She was preceded in death by her father, Mr. Henry C. Wood and her mother Mrs. Carrie Elizabeth Frazier Wood. two brothers: Charles Wood, DeBoyd Wood and four sisters: Amy Wood, Lee Ada Freeman, Maxie Ora Jones, and Iber Wood
She leaves to cherish her memory three nephews: Larry Joe Jones, Shedrick Jones Jr., and Micheal Wood. Four nieces: Othel Freeman, Dothan,AL, Carrie Coleman (George), Gaffney, SC, Eddie Jane Coleman (Wayne), Elmont, NY, Plinnie Dix (Washington) Fort Lauderdale, Fl. A special godson: Washington Alexander Dix III( Chyanne) Tampa, FL.
She also enjoyed a special motherly bond with many of the young people in the church and community, as well as a host extended family members and lots of loving and devoted friends.