Ernest J. Wood, 88, of Gisela, died Jan. 4, 2001. He was born to Thomas and Emily (Whittaker) Wood April 1, 1912, in Canute, Okla.
Ernest married Cleta on Nov. 13, 1945. In 1946, the young family moved to Payson from Canute, Okla.
Mr. Wood worked as a diesel and refrigeration electrician until his 1963 retirement from the Southern Pacific Railroad after 22 years of service. Ernest was a devout Christian and an active member of his church. He enjoyed farming, carpentry, gardening and baseball. He was a descendent of a Revolutionary War soldier.
Survivors include his wife, Cleta J. Wood, of Payson; one son, Rickie P. Wood of Payson; two daughters, Nelly J. Gorslin of Payson and Toni G. Browne, of Portland, Ore.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services were held Jan. 16 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
Arrangements were handled by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, Prescott, Ariz.