Clara Martin Hood, age 88, of Dacula, Georgia, entered into rest on Friday, July 19, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Lt. Col. Charles T. Hood, Sr., USAF, Ret. She is survived by her daughter, Clara Ann Savo of Dacula; son and daughter-in-law, Charles T. Bubba Hood, Jr. and his wife Cheryl Lee Hood of Commerce; granddaughter, Robyn Michelle Hood (Mark) of Cumming; grandson, Todd Hood (Kaye) of Commerce; three great grandchildren; Nicholas Stoyer of Cumming, Jamie and Jodie Hood of Commerce; nieces and nephews, Mary Susan Martin Wages (John), Pete Martin (Amelia), Mike Martin (Phyllis) all of Lawrenceville, Don Martin (Brenda) of Dacula; Jack Knight (Jeane) of Houston, TX; Jon Knight (Wanda) of New Boston, NH; Kay Webb of Brevard, NC; other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends. Mrs. Hood was also preceded in death by her parents, Peter Kuhl Martin, Sr. and Bonnie Inez Baugh Martin; two brothers, Don Martin and P. K. Boots Martin, Jr.; sister, Kathlyn Knight; and son-in-law, Pete Savo.
Clara Cornelia Martin was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on October 26, 1924. She played basketball at Lawrenceville High School and graduated from there in the early 1940s. Her late husband, Lt. Col. Charles T. Hood, Sr., graduated from Dacula High School where he was an outstanding basketball player. He later became the basketball coach at Lawrenceville High School where he coached his future wife, Clara Martin. Its been told that Clara was late for practice one day and she was benched even though she was one of the better players. Before their marriage, Lt. Col. Hood was later stationed at the Tuskegee Air Base, training the Tuskegee Airmen. To say I miss you to Clara, he often buzzed the Martin home place in a fighter plane, one of the times being when Mr. Martin was on top of the roof working. Needless to say, Claras father was not amused. When Clara and Charles moved back to Georgia after Charless military career, they settled in the Berkeley Lake area. Clara later became the Club Manager at Berkeley Hills Country Club and retired with over 20 years of service. She was an avid golfer, had a great imagination, and loved decorating her home. Clara dedicated her life to supporting her husband and children during his military career, and had the opportunity to travel all over the country and trips abroad as well. Her greatest joy in life was being a devoted wife, mother, Boom-Boom to her grandchildren, and loyal friend. This southern lady will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
The Service Honoring the Life of Clara Martin Hood will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Minister Harold Savage officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to Childrens Health Care Foundation, Gift Processing Department (please note donation to AFLAC Cancer Center) at 1687 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, GA 30329; or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Georgia Chapter, 3715 Northside Pkwy. NW, Bldg. 400, Ste. 300, Atlanta, GA 30327 in memory of Clara Martin Hood. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, A Family Company, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-963-2411 has been entrusted with the arrangements.