Freeman U. Wood, 66, son of Montie Wood and Lola Randolph Wood, was born Dec. 15, 1937, at Brushy. He died May 15, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston after a long battle with cancer. A native Missourian, Mr. Freeman grew up in the Eminence area and joined the Navy. He settled in California, where he owned and operated an industrial tire business more than 20 years before returning to Missouri to retire. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Gloris Boaen, Loretta Talley and Jewel Nan Wood; and a brother, Gerald Wood. Surviving are two daughters, Diane Welch and Carol Puppé of California; one son, Allen S. Wood of California; sister, Glenna Wagner of Willow Springs; brother, Virgil Wood of St. Charles; and six grandchildren. Services were May 19 at the Flatwoods Church with Eileen Keeling officiating. Burial was in the Flatwoods Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. “

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