A. Everett Wood

A. Everett Wood, 98, of Cross Plains, Indiana, died Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at his home.

He was born Feb. 16, 1921, at Lexie in Wolfe County, Kentucky, to Alfred and Martha Napier Wood. He was an Army Veteran of WWII who served with Company A of the 108th Infantry Division. He established A.E. Wood Excavating in 1954 and for several years operated heavy equipment. In 1970, he purchased the Versailles Implement Co. and began Wood Farm and Industrial Supply in Versailles, retiring in 2006. He was also a farmer and worked with his family on the farm well past his 96th birthday. He received his pilot’s license in 1964 and maintained landing strips at home as well as at his machinery dealership in Versailles. He was a strong advocate of education and served several years as Brown Township trustee as well as on the Brown Township School Board. He assisted in the building of the Cross Plains Elementary School and the South Ripley High School. The greatest priority in his life was sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The many hours he spent reading the Bible were reflected in the way he lived. He was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship, Indiana, since 1950, where for many years he served as a deacon, trustee and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge and the Brown Township American Legion.

He is survived by two sons, Ralph Wood and Robert Wood, both of Versailles; one daughter, Carol Berry of Versailles; one sister, Irene Scudder of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrle Hankins; his parents; two brothers, James and Henry Wood; six sisters, Daisy Tyra, Adah Jane Tyra, Elizabeth Wood, Nanie Mae Whisman, Virginia Nickell and Leona Whisman; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship. Burial will follow in Cross Plains Methodist Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Brown Township American Legion.

Visitation will be at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles Sunday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m and at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until the service.

The Versailles Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic service at the funeral home Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to CEF (Good News Clubs) in care of the funeral home.