June 12, 1946 - June 7, 2021
Larry David Wood, Sr., Ph.D, passed away on June 7, 2021, in Tallahassee. Larry was born on June 12, 1946, in Atlanta, GA to Jessie and Bloise Wood. After moving to Tallahassee as a child, he graduated from Leon High School and Florida State University and went on to serve in the Army and Army Reserve. Larry enjoyed a long and varied career in state government, serving as Inspector General, Division Director, Bureau Chief, Senate Staff Director and Chief Operating Officer at various times. He also enjoyed several encore careers after retiring from the state. Always up to a challenge, Larry was an avid fitness guru, taught martial arts, tried hang gliding, zip lining, flying ultralight planes and ran his first sprint triathlon at age 52. He loved fishing, scuba diving, hiking, cooking, gardening, and kayaking, among other things. Larry was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church and later of Faith Presbyterian Church. He had a heart for church missions and traveled around the world spreading God’s love. Larry always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. He always made a friend in any crowd. He was patient and loving and knew when to give advice and when to listen. He was willing to help anyone at any time. Larry’s favorite roles in life were husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend to so many. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Betsy; his children Shannon Ferguson (Joe), David (Theresa), Brooke Adkins (Brian), Maggie (Jess), and stepdaughter Katie Williams (Christian); his 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is also survived by a sister, Sheila Roach, and two brothers, Gene and Ricky. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Meridian Road, with a reception immediately following in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Marion Medical Mission (Africa) https://www.mmmwater.org/donate or Porch de Salomon (Guatemala) https://porchdesalomon.org/donate/ Kelly Barber of Bevis Funeral Home (850-385-2193 or www.bevisfh.com) is assisting the Wood family with their arrangements.
Larry David Wood, Sr., Ph.D, passed away on June 7, 2021, in Tallahassee. Larry was born on June 12, 1946, in Atlanta, GA to Jessie and Bloise Wood. After moving to Tallahassee as a child, he graduated from Leon High School and Florida State... View Obituary & Service Information
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