18 March 2012

Obituary Of Rev. Orville H. Hood

Presbyterian Leader Active Until January
Funeral Arrangements Incomplete For Pastor Of Community Church

The Rev. Orville H. Hood, for more than 26 years pastor of Community Presbyterian Church, died early today in the University Hospital at Ann Arbor. He had been in ill health for some time, but continued his work until January when he was taken to Ann Arbor. Funeral arrangements are still to be made.

Mr. Hood, 60 years old, "grew up" along with his Flint church. It had been organized only 18 months when he came to the Civic Park group, and he had been its leader ever since. The church, at Chevrolet Ave., and Dayton St., marked its 25th anniversary by liquidating the mortgage on its $75,000 structure and is now planning an addition. In 1947 Mr. and Mrs. Hood were honored for their 25 years of service.

Mr. Hood was active in numerous civic enterprises, and for five years was executive secretary of the Flint Council of Churches. He also served as its president. He had been stated clerk and treasurer of the Presbytery of Flint for 10 years and was moderator of the Synod of Michigan for a year 1937-38.

Throughout his Flint service, Mr. Hood was a member of the Flint Ministerial Assn. and had held the presidency and other offices in the group.

During World War II he was active in neighborhood war clubs and served on the re-employment committee for Draft Board 4. He was a member of Charles A. Durant lodge F&AM.

Mr. Hood, whose home was at 2012 Milbourne Ave., was born near Durango, Colo., Feb. 19, 1889, to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Hood. He was one of seven children, all but one of whom is still living in Colorado. One brother is in Oregon.

He attended Yankton College in South Dakota, and was graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary, in 1917. He was ordained at Minonk, Ill. that year and immediately became pastor.

Orville Hugh Hood with his parents in the 1900 Census taken in Colorado.

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