ROBERT FRANKLIN "BILL" HOOD, 62, died April 17,
1987 in Gorman, TX, with burial at Evergreen
Cemetery in Ranger, TX. He was born on Feb. 14,
1925 in Ranger, TX, to Ernest F. & Mattie Hood.
He attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1944.
He served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps during WWII
and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. After
the war, he returned to Ranger, married Betty Jean
McGowan (RHS-1944) and worked for Premier Oil
Company for 13 years.
Bill was a Texas grand champion fiddle player
during the 60's and 70's. He loved to play the
fiddle with a number of fellow musicians throughout
the state. His style was mostly western swing, but
he also loved the old time tunes such as Sally
Good'n and Orange Blossom Special.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one
brother, Ernest M.”Bo” Hood.
Survivors include his wife Betty who lives near Waco,
and daughter Robbie Sloan and husband David of Hewitt,
TX, sons, Robert “Bob” Hood and McLon Hood of Waco,
sister, June Hood Neeley (RHS-1955) of Mineral Wells,
four grandchildren & several great-grandchildren.
Robert Hood was a member of Navy Squadron 106 and he is
pictured on the bottom row, far right.