Dr. James Alexander ("Jimmy" "Sonny") Hood

Born: Tue., Nov. 10, 1942
Died: Thu., Jan. 17, 2013


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 23, 2013
Location: Sweet Home United Methodist Church

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Thu., Jan. 24, 2013
Location: First United Methodist Church

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Dr. James Alexander “Jimmy” “Sonny” Hood was born to Octavie and Margaret Hughs Hood on November 10, 1942 in Gadsden, Alabama.

He united with the Sweet Home United Methodist Church at an early age and was educated in the Gadsden Public School System graduating from Carver High School Class of 1961. He attended Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, in 1961 until he enrolled at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Alongside Vivian Malone Jones, James went on to become one of the first African- Americans to integrate the university. Hood remained at the university for only a few months, then withdrew and moved to Michigan. He received a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and a masters' degree from Michigan State University in Criminal Justice in 1972. He studied at the University of London for a period of time. He never stopped furthering his education and in 1995, returned to the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa to complete his Doctorate in Philosophy in 1997.

While in Detroit, MI “Jimmy” worked for Ford Motor Company and the City of Detroit as the deputy police chief. He pastored Boulevard Temple Methodist Episcopal Church for several years. He later worked at the Madison Area Technical College for 26 years, retiring in 2002 as chairman of public safety services in charge of police and fire training.

“Sonny” later moved to Wisconsin where he was active in the Fraternal Order of Freemasonry and The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Dr. Hood defined the concept of ‘servant leadership' — he always placed the welfare of others first and    endeavored the upgrading of humankind and improving the quality of life for everyone.  Asked how he'd like to be remembered,  Hood said, “... As one who stepped through the world, trying to make it better,  that's all. I just did what I thought was right.”

He received his Master’s calling on Thursday, January 17, 2013. He now joins in eternal glory, his parents, Octavie and Margaret Hood and brothers, Joseph and Laymon Hood.

He leaves to cherish his memories five Children, Darrell Hood, Atlanta, GA, Anthony (LaKeisha) Hood, Marvis (Tameka) Hood both of Detroit, MI, Mary Hood, Sun Prairie, WI and Jacquelyn (Brian) Hood-Duncan, Prairie du Sac, WI; nine grandchildren who will grow up being taught their grandfather’s legacy, Kerri, Ayanna, Imani, Marvis, Jr., Ayden, Roman, Levi, Griffin and Cayson;  two brothers, Eddie (Elnora) Hood, Rome, GA,  Arthur (Verlinda) Hood, Rainbow City, AL; three sisters, Brenda (Benjamin) Marshall, Ramona (Larry) Thomas both of Gadsden, AL and Patricia (Steven) Tuck, Jonesboro, GA; sister-in-law, Derenda Hood, Detroit, MI; aunt, Louise Hughs, Detroit, MI; long-time friends; Norma Jean, Mary, Alda, Louvenia;  a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Home-going Celebration will be held 11:00a.m. Thursday, January 24, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, Gadsden, Rev. Dedric Cowser, officiating, burial in Pleasant Gap Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be 6-8p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Sweet Home United Methodist Church.


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Maxine P. Donald
   Posted Sat January 19, 2013
Jimmy, please rest is peace you're gone too soon and know that those of us left here will continue the battle to overcome. May the peace of our Lord and Savior be with you. Thank you. The Donalds

Tim Christensen
   Posted Sat January 19, 2013
Dear Family of Dr. James Hood, please accept my condolences in your loss. He was a a great American who inspired many of us in many ways. I never met Dr. Hood but I would like to make a special point. I wish to say I am inspired by his earning a doctorate a little later in life (I believe ~ age 55); I too am considering pursuing a doctoral program at the age of 53. My decision is still pending as there are many factors to consider. Nonetheless, I now feel much better about the idea! Kudos to Dr. Hood's inspiration.
Tim Christensen

Victoria Floyd
   Posted Sun January 20, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Blessings to you all.

Brenda (Bill) Turner McClendon
   Posted Sun January 20, 2013
To my nephews Darrell, Anthony and Marvis, your sisters Mary and Jackie and the entire Hood family, praying that the Comforter will strengthen you during this time of bereavement. We love you and know that there is not any sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

Mr and Mrs Will Liggins
   Posted Mon January 21, 2013
Wishing you Peace in God's Promise

"And if I go and prepare a place for you,I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am"
John 14:3

May you find peace in the knowledge that you will see him again.

Mary Parker Norfleet
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
the world was blessed to have had a person with the wisdom that you had.i hoped that Alabama will continue improving the way that they treat African Americans

   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
The family of Dr. Hood,

I met James while he worked at Madison Area Technical College. He was a very approachable and gentle soul, always willing to take the time and talk for a few moments. He cared for the students he came in touch with.

His legacy will leave on with many of us, as I have told his story to my children and now will tell it to their children.

May you find peace in your memories of James.

Angella Turner
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
To Tony, Marvis and the Hood family: With a legacy of strength and perseverance, Dr. James Hood will be far from forgotten. Be comforted and encouraged with all your father has passed to you. God's grace is sufficient, and He will carry you through this season. You are loved! From your cousins Angie & Kathy

Elaine Turner
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
To the family of James Hood you have my prayers . Wishing you all strength during this time. What a life your loved lived. God be with you all.

Jeweline (tip) Grimes & Family
   Posted Thu January 24, 2013
On behalf of my entire family we extend our condolences and heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time. May god continue to bless you and we will keep you in our prayers.
Love Tip & Family
East Orange, New Jersey

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