Freeman Conway Wood, born 7-6-1923 on his family’s ranch north of Hollis, Oklahoma. Conway passed away peacefully at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Wednesday night March 4, 2020.
He was preceded in death by parents David Albert Wood and Annie Irene (McCarty) Wood, wife Eunice Helen Wood. Brothers & sisters Oma Orveda, Linza Verner, Lifus Wilder, Romie Doile, Eva Zeta, and Oveta Inez.
He was educated at Tea Cross Grade School, Dryden High School, & Daraughns Business College of Wichita Falls, TX. During war times he worked & helped operate the Penny-Wise Grocery Store in Hollis & Wood’s Famous Foods in Altus, owned by his brother Lifus , while Lifus was in the Navy. After that he obtained a government job with the Soil Conservation Service in Hollis, Oklahoma as a clerk until 1959 when he transferred to the state office in Albuquerque, NM. In 1963 he went to work for The Bureau of Indian Affairs in Shiprock, New Mexico where he worked until he retired in 1980. During the seventeen years he worked in Shiprock, he commuted from Cortez, Colorado to Shiprock, New Mexico everyday.
In 1947 he met the love of his life Eunice Helen Bradley and was happily married in 1947. Conway and Eunice had four children, Barry Lynn in 1948, David Bradley in 1951, Robin Gail in 1953, and Robert Brent in 1961.
On Sept. 4th, 1954 he was ordained to the work of the gospel ministry at the annual Western Oklahoma Association. During his time as a Primitive Baptist minister he served as pastor of many churches. Upon passing he was serving as pastor of Rio Grande Primitive Baptist Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
He was a “people person” and this fit the ministry to a “T”. He visited his friends & acquaintances in the hospital & nursing homes. He performed 86 weddings & presided over 166 funerals. He was dedicated to helping & serving the senior community. He spent over 60 years working with various senior programs. It began in Hollis, Oklahoma before any state or federal funds were available. He formed a singing group and went before the elderly and sang gospel songs.
He was instrumental in establishing senior centers in Cortez, Colorado, Mena, Arkansas, and was currently working on a multi generational facility for the Westside here in Albuquerque.
He also served as a board member on the Area Agency on Aging & the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). He is survived by his children, Barry (Lori) Wood of Los Lunas,New Mexico, David (Doris) Wood of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Robin (Everitt) Williford of Dolores, Colorado, and Robert (Letitia) Wood of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Also 13 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. His last and parting words were “I want to see my savior and look upon his face. Amen”.