William Baker Wood ll
March 22, 1938 – January 20, 2020
William Baker Wood, II went to his eternal home January 20, 2020 in Conroe, Texas. He was born March 22, 1938 in Houston, Texas to William Baker Wood and Lockett Waters Wood. After spending his boyhood in Montgomery, he attended San Marcos Military Academy. He kept up with his Academy friends and they will miss him at their annual Super Bowl Reunion. He returned to Conroe, graduating from Conroe High School. He later married Janice Haferkamp, his high school sweetheart, at First Baptist Church in Conroe. He remained an active member in the church for years. After graduating from Texas A & M in 1961 he and Janice moved to Conroe. Following his entrepreneurial spirit, they opened CTR. He served on the board of ARDI, which provided insurance for rental companies. He was a long time member of the Board of Directors of First Bank of Conroe, continuing to serve on the Board when it became First Financial Bank. Billy also served on the board of The Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District. Billy enjoyed spending time with friends and family at the Frenchman Place, his family’s ranch. He was devoted to wildlife and land management and the preservation of native Texas grasses. He received many accolades for these efforts. Billy was also an avid pilot and loved flying his friends and family across the country. Billy is preceded in death by his mother and father and his sister, Cherrie Lou Wood. In addition to Janice, Billy is survived by his daughter Lockett Wrench and her husband Randy, his son, William and his wife, Elizabeth and his two grandchildren Alexandra Ophelia Wood and William Baker Wood, IV. There will be a visitation Thursday, January 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Metcalf Funeral Home in Conroe. A Celebration of Billy’s Life will take place on Friday, January 24, 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church – Conroe. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, you may send a charitable contribution to First Baptist Church Conroe, 600 N Main Street, Conroe, Texas 77301. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Wood family by clicking the "Add a Memory" tab.
- William Baker and Lockett Waters Wood, Parents (deceased)
- Janice Wood, Wife
- Lockett Wrench and husband Randy, Daughter
- William Wood and wife Elizabeth, Son
- Alexandra Ophelia Wood, Granddaughter
- William Baker Wood, IV, Grandson
- Cherrie Lou Wood, Sister (deceased)
- Numerous other family members and a host of friends are also left to treasure his memory.
- First Baptist Church Conroe
- Visitation Thursday, January 23, 2020
- Celebration of Life Friday, January 24, 2020
William Baker Wood ll
January 27, 2020
I knew Billy from pheasant hunting in South Dakota. We enjoyed talking Texas Aggie football and banking. He was a gentleman and always a lot of fun to be with. Trey, my condolences on the loss of your dad. He will be missed.
January 24, 2020
I had the pleasure to meet Mr Wood when he closed on his new Village Builder home in Graystone Hills in Conroe . I was his customer service representative . Anytime Mr Wood had a issue with his home I would go see him and take care of any issues he had. During those times Mr Wood and I would sit and talk about his life and mine . He would give me advice about life and we would cut up and laugh together. I will cherish those times we spent together.
I will miss him . It was a honor to have called him my friend.
Sarah Peel Mabry
January 23, 2020
As a close relative and lifelong friend, I want to share details and memories for others to cherish. Descended from a Montgomery County pioneer family, William “Billy” Baker Wood carried on the journey of his forefathers who settled in Old Danville, now a part of Walker County. After selling his wife’s property in Albermarle County Virginia to President Thomas Jefferson, Billy’s great great grandfather, Dr. John H. Wood traveled with his wife Lucy Henderson Wood and their children for greener pastures in western territories. Their trek took them first to what became Kentucky. Dr. Wood practiced medicine along the seven year journey through Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
A prominent descendant of Dr. John H. and Lucy Wood bears the name William “Billy” Baker Wood, II. He was the scion of the Wood family and carried a love for good stewardship of land and resources as his fathers before him. Billy’s work ethic, respect for the value of higher education and dedication to church, family and country brought him success and honors that have impacted the future of Montgomery County.
Pioneering new trails in Montgomery County, Billy continued the trajectory of his ancestors. He was a doer. May his example continue through the veins of Billy’s loved ones,
I never say goodbye. Just so long for now, cousin Billy Baker.
January 23, 2020
Mr. Wood was a consistent advocate for our natural resources. I had the opportunity to spend time with him on occasion, whether it be chatting at a Statewide Groundwater Meeting or taking his direct questions at a Lonestar Board Meeting. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn from Billy over the years, and his efforts in water conservation and advocacy for nature will benefit us all for years to come. Rest in peace my friend, and thank you for always keeping me "on my toes".
January 22, 2020
I worked with Mr Wood for 5 years when we both were at the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District; he a director—me an employee. I often had a difficult time convincing him that my opinions were the best opinions, but he always listened. Over those 5 years, and I’m sure the many years before , his goal was to protect and preserve the groundwater resources of Montgomery County and to assure a plentiful supply thereof for generations to come. We thank him for that. Rest in Peace.
January 22, 2020
Trey and Lockett....so sorry for your loss. I have lost a great friend in your dad. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.
January 21, 2020
It was a privilege to work with Billy Wood during his time as a board member on the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District. It was Billy's vision behind the rainwater catchment systems implemented in the District building...which later received state recognition from the Texas Water Development Board. Billy was more than a board member, he was a dear friend. RIP Billy. Hugs - Kathy Turner Jones