William Wells Hood, Jr.
After battling dementia for several years, William Wells Hood, Jr. died on December 12, 2020 in an idyllic cottage by a lake in Melrose, Florida. He was 78 years old. While technically a native of South Carolina, Wells spent his formative years in Florida. At the University of Florida in Gainesville, post-Army Wells had the good fortune to meet his wife Carolyn Thornton in 1962. Together they brought their children Will, Steve, and Lauren into the world. Wells ultimately graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, which he put to use at Hercules, Inc., where he worked until his retirement in 1995 in Wilmington, Delaware. Upon his retirement, he migrated to Savannah, Georgia. After Carol's untimely death there, Wells returned home to Florida. There, he reunited with childhood friend Cordelia Adkins, who introduced him to the Melrose cottage, married him in 2017, and treated him exceptionally well in his declining years. Along the way, Wells devoted many spare hours to the Episcopal Church, the Boy Scouts, Rotary, and Kairos (a prison ministry). In short, he was a good man. In addition to Delia and his children, he is survived by his grandchildren, Kaila, Alyssa, Caroline, Theron Bert (aka, T.B.), and Colin, and his brother Rick. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Haven Hospice at www.beyourhaven.org or sent to 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606.
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