Phillip Lee Wood went home to be with the Lord May 14, 2017.
Born June 18, 1952, in Abilene, TX to Vernon Lee and Verda Maurine Wood, Phillip graduated from Cooper High School in 1970 and received a BBA from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1975. Phillip began his career at Frito Lay Inc. as a route salesman, and ultimately was instrumental in the design and testing of hand held route ordering systems for Frito Lay. He helped design similar systems for Campbell-Taggart and Mrs. Baird's Bakeries. This type of system was cutting edge at the time, and is now used universally. He worked in the telecommunications industry for National Health Laboratories, Laboratory Corporation of America, TrailBlazer, and Companion Data Services
Phillip made a profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at Faith Baptist Church in Abilene, and while in college was baptized at Calvary Baptist in Nacogdoches, TX. He was an active member at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving, TX, where he met his wife, Marcia. They served together teaching fourth graders in Sunday School, and took leadership roles in their Young Adult Sunday School class.
After moving to Dallas in 1987, they became active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church, serving in the Children's and Preschool areas. Phillip became known as one of the "Baby Whisperers" for his ability to calm a very young child. He was an active member of the Genesis Bible Fellowship Class, enjoying this wonderful family of believers.
Phillip was a sixteen year homeschool dad for his two children and served on the board of the Richardson Homeschool Association for several terms. He was instrumental in chartering Cub Scout Pack 437, and Boy Scout Troop 437 for Richardson Homeschool Association. Phillip received Wood Badge training through Circle Ten Council, and was a member of the Grey Owl Patrol (adult leaders) of Troop 437. He camped with the Troop regularly and enjoyed the High Adventure outings to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Sea Base in the Florida Keys, and Northern Tier canoeing in the boundary waters of the United States and Canada. He encouraged many young men, including his son, as they rose to the rank of Eagle in scouting.
Having a strong family history of diabetes, Phillip participated as a "guinea pig" in numerous research protocols in his 40s, 50s, and 60s. His goal was to help expand the knowledge of and treatment for this inherited disease.
Phillip is survived by his wife, Marcia, of 38 years, his son, Timothy Aaron Wood and wife Robin of Charleston, SC, and daughter Sarah Elizabeth Wood of Dallas, TX. He leaves three young grandchildren, Owen William Wood, Penelope Lane Wood, and Eleanor Ruby Niamh Wood who affectionally called him "Papa." Also surviving him are his sister Barbara Wood Johnson and husband, Slick, two great nieces Carra Gray and Lindsey Seidel, and a great-great niece and three great-great nephews. Being very close to his immediate and large extended family, Phillip will be dearly missed.
Phillip loved Scouting, diabetic research, collecting and using tools, and anything DIY. He was an outstanding, faithful, and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Though his demeaner may have appeared stoic, there was often a twinkle in his eye as he would say, "I am smiling."
In lieu of flowers you may donate to the American Diabetes Association and the Prestonwood Baptist Church Children's Ministry.
MAY 18. 2:00 PM (CDT)
Prestonwood Baptist Church
6801 W Park Blvd
Plano, TX, 75093