Rex Hood

August 14, 1942June 5, 2018
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Rex Hood, of Grand Saline, Texas, was born on 14 August 1942 in Dallas, Texas to Aubrey Lee Hood, Sr. and Bettye Faye Nowlin in Dallas, Texas and died on 05 June 2018 in Dallas, Texas surrounded by those who knew him best and loved him most.

Rex was given his Cherokee name, “Fire Hawk”, by his father’s family and was a member of the Southeastern Cherokee Council. He grew up in all of the best housing projects in Dallas, Texas and spent most of his long days from age 3 to 6, alone, at the Dallas Zoo on Marsalis Avenue, mostly hanging about with the primates, whom he loved dearly and later jokingly referred to as the family who raised him. Rex attended Spence Junior High School in Dallas, Texas, where he met his best friend, Sandra Tully in 1956. They were 1960 graduates of North Dallas High School and were married on December 21, 1963 at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas. He entered Marine Corps boot camp (Parris Island) in 1961, at the age of 19 and had a long, prolific career as a reservist, retiring in October of 2002 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 5. Rex Hood loved his God, his Country and his Corps almost as much as he loved his own family. Rex had a brilliant career in sales and in the lighting industry, but decided to return to school at age 58 to pursue a college degree. At the age of 61, cheered on by his family, he walked across the stage to receive his bachelor’s degree in business. At 65, he decided the bachelor’s degree wasn’t quite good enough and entered a master’s program, earning his MBA, three years later at the age of 68 from Columbia College. Thankfully, with his education complete, he had more time to devote to his martial arts training and earned his black belt in mixed martial arts at the age of 69. Grass never grew under this man’s feet. He was a great lover of sports, with great talent and believed in children’s sports programs. Along with several friends, he helped create the Grand Saline Youth Foundation in Grand Saline, Texas and spent many years coaching the young boys of that community whom he loved fiercely. As an adult, he turned his attention to men’s slow pitch softball, where he coached and played for several decades, having fun, winning trophies, but more importantly, making a difference in young men’s lives. Rex was a master story teller and will forever be remembered for his ability to captivate any audience with another tale, with the mischievous twinkle in his sky blue eyes and how outrageously he loved his family and friends. Rex was preceded in death by his beloved son, Steven Drexal Hood; his father Aubrey Lee Hood; his mother Bettye Faye Nowlin Fairburn; his stepfather, Harvey Fairburn; his niece, Phyllis Cannon; his sister, Pamela Barber and his brother Aubrey Lee “Sonny” Hood, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra Tully Hood; his daughter Stacia Hood Lankford and husband David; his son, Samuel Hood; his grandson, Ezekiel “Ez” McKim; his granddaughter, Devin Bragg; his great-granddaughter, Steven Alise Demus; his sister, Rose Villarreal and husband Frank; his uncle, Wayne Posey; nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephews and host of beloved friends. In the years to come, when you are telling stories of Rex, one day someone may look at you in disbelief and ask, “You mean this guy really lived?” You can smile and tell them, “Yeah. He REALLY lived.” Memorial Service with Full Military Honors Eubank Funeral Home, Canton, Texas Saturday, 16 June 2018 at 10 a.m.

Rex wore red every Friday in honor of the troops. If you wish, wear something red to his memorial service in his memory and in support of the United States Military.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Caterina Martinez

June 23, 2018

El Señor Rex lo vamos extrañar en la barbería tomando café y disfrutando de sus platicas y sus enseñansas 5 años que conviví gran persona
Mi más sentido pésame para todo la familia
Descanse en paz Rex

Homer Minor

June 15, 2018

Unbelievable you are gone my friend. No words can describe our loss and how many it affected when the news came down. Even though my time getting to know you was short lived in comparison to others, it was time well spent. To say that you knew Rex Hood was not enough, it took an extended explanation of what each day was like around him to fully embrace and appreciate who he was and how much fun it ended up being . From amazing stories, to jokes that kept us laughing until we held our sides. All that doesn't give enough detail of what it was like to fellowship with Rex Hood. Personally, it was always hoping he would give you one more story or one more joke....Gonna miss that as I am sure everyone that knew and loved Rex will. Until I see you again compadre, I can't wait.


June 15, 2018

Mark Hunt
I’ve known Rex since the sixties as a Marine, a friend, and almost a brother. He was the “real deal” and one of my heroes. The term hero gets used a lot these days, however, in the early seventies I observed Rex running to an ordnance accident on the flight line when an aircraft was being “armed”. A missile had malfunctioned, launched, and burned the clothes off the Marine who was in the process of making the aircraft ready for flight. Without concern for himself, and thinking only of others, Rex immediately ran to the aircraft and disarmed all ordnance systems, thereby ensuring nothing else could go off or explode. As soon as the ambulance arrived Rex got in with the injured Marine and went to the Parkland Hospital Burn Center where he spent the next 36 hours until the family could arrive. Rex was an extraordinary Marine who always produced extraordinary results. With his stellar track record, and with 17 years of serving his country Rex resigned his commission after his son was killed in a tragic accident. We understood his decision after he said his family must always come first, and now wishes he could have spent more weekends and summers with his young son instead of the Marine Reserves. The Marine Reserves accepted his decision, however, they reached out to Rex over and over again until he decided to come back in to the Marine Aircraft Group. His love of county, love of family, and continued noteworthy performance serves as a testament to what one of “those few good men” can do in the Marine Reserves. In addition to his numerous awards, Rex also received meritorious promotions and advanced 12 times to the rank of CWO-5 during his incredible career. Rex was a true “legend” and will be forever missed. Our prayers are with his family and friends as we try to accept this heartbreaking loss. Semper Fi brother until we met again.

Gary Durbin

June 13, 2018

I’ve struggled with what to say, in as few words as possible, my feelings about the loss of Rex. I’ve concluded that all I really need to say is that Rex Hood was my friend. To know Rex was to love him. You could not ask for a better friend. Over the 46 years I knew Rex, we shared many things with each other, some good, some sad. On a few rare occasions, Rex shared things with me that led me to try to console him, but in every instance, when we would part, it was me who would feel lifted up. That was Rex. When I was with him that last day, touching his hand, I felt like he had his hand on my shoulder saying “it’s OK Gary, I got this.” His family and friends will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. Semper Fi Rex, until we meet again

Tenny Jones

June 13, 2018

Sandra, Stacia, and Sam. . . Lifting each of you up with the home going of Rex, one of the last of the REAL good guys. I'll never forget all of the great times we shared from the Friday night dinners, to lifting trophies with the Badgers. It goes without saying, Rex had a definite and positive impact on my life that still brings joy and a smile to my face.
May the peace of our Lord and Savior comfort you until we see him again.
In Christ,
Tenny Jones
Bella Vista, Arkansas

Col Rich (Radar) Piasecki

June 13, 2018

I am proud and great full to have been able to call Rex my friend and fellow Marine for over fourteen years in the Corps and many more afterward. Rex was always a great leader who would do anything for is his Marine brethren. He could lighten up a room with his smile or a quick kind hearted story and could give more of himself than anyone else I knew. I salute you Rex. God Speed and Semper Fi.

Sharon Smiley

June 13, 2018

There are many words to describe Rex Hood, but I think true friend fits him best. Although I was his manager at work for several years, he was an awesome friend. If I needed advice, I knew where to go. He had so much wisdom, knowledge about everything and the ability to just make you feel good just by talking to him. He told me several times that I changed his life, no sir, you changed my life . Thanks for being my friend.

Catrina Edwards

June 12, 2018

Your passionate love for life touched so many people. I am just one of them that is very grateful God had you bless my journey.
Rex, you brought much needed peace to me each day while my son was becoming a Marine. During the difficult times you ensured me all would be okay and you were right! Thanks again for all that you did to brighten our days!
I loved hearing your stories as much as you loved telling them.

I will be praying for your family as you did for mine.

LtCol Gregg Yetter

June 12, 2018

While stationed at MAG-41 from 1997-2001, I had the honor of working with Rex. It was always a pleasure to see and talk to him during drill weekend as he was never short of “sea stories.” Most were highly entertaining and always interesting of how things were in the Old Corps. He was a Great American and will be sorely missed. Fair Winds and Following Seas my friend. Semper Fi.

Yolonda Mann

June 12, 2018

So many dark days were made bright by the light of Rex. Everyone that met him fell in love with him. He was one of a kind for sure. The heavens will be rolling with laughter bc of him. I can just hear him giving St. Peter what for right about now. Rest in love marine. Yoyo


      Rex Hood was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special.

       Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Rex Hood.