Billy Ray Hood, 77, of Bronston, went to be with his Lord Wednesday, January 13, 2016, in his home while being comforted by his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Hood, of Bronston; one son, Timothy Hood and wife Kimberly, of Lily; a grandson, Timothy Ray Hood, of Lily; three brothers, Raymond Hood and wife Jennette, of Knox County, Boyd Hood and wife Kathy, of Corbin, and Harvey hood, of Knox County.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Hood, Sr.; mother, Goldie K. Hood; first wife of forty-eight years, Effie Brown Hood; and two brothers, Samuel Hood and James Bascum Hood.

Bill was the son of the late Raymond Hood, Sr. and Goldie K. Hood, born July 11, 1938, in Gray, Kentucky. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. Bill was retired from his career of thirty-three years at Chrysler Corporation, in Kokomo, Indiana. He was an enthusiastic gardener. He loved growing huge vegetable gardens in the spring, sharing his harvest with friends and neighbors. Volunteering for the Backpack Club was an important passion he shared with his wife. He attended Calvary Baptist Church, in Somerset, where he dearly loved his church family.

Bill’s personality brought home to all the scripture, “A Merry heart doeth like good medicine”. He loved to laugh and share laughter with others. A visit with Bill was sure to bring many smiles. Bill had a heart of gold. He was a true blessing and ministry to anyone he knew in need. The love he poured into his friends, family and wife will continue to bless their lives long after his departure.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., in Southern Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, at 2:00 p.m., in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Gilbert Robinson and Bro. Jamey Epperson officiating.

Burial will be in Southern Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Billy Ray Hood.