Emily Omega Garner Wood was born on February 15, 1925, in Laurens County, South Carolina. Most of her childhood was spent in Union, South Carolina, where she met her “first love,” Howard. In 1957 she and Howard moved to Macon which she proudly called home for the remainder of her life. Omega Wood joyfully entered the gates of Heaven on Friday, May 18, 2018. She was truly adored by Howard and her three sons and their families.
Omega had an incredible faith in the God she served daily through her service to others throughout the community and through her active membership at Vineville Baptist Church. She also maintained an associate membership at Highland Hills Baptist Church, where she and Howard both served faithfully together until his passing in 1989.
Omega was the first female loan officer of the First National Bank of Macon where she worked for 21 years. After her retirement, she joined Mass Mutual Insurance working with Andy Watson and Associates. Then she worked in the family owned business, Baconsfield Flower Shop for 23 years. She was the first female elected to the Board of Directors of the Macon-Bibb County Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club and a Life Member of the Salvation Army Board of Directors. She served on the Board of the Bibb-Jones Unit of the American Cancer Society and was the Past President of the Twiggs-Houston Cancer Society. In 2000 she was honored as Senior Princess of the Macon Cherry Blossom Festival.
She was predeceased by Howard and by five brothers and sisters. She will be missed immeasurably by her sons Eddie (Donna) of Macon, Ellis (Kathy) of Statesboro, and Scott of St. Simons Island. In addition to her sons, “Mema” is survived by her four beloved grandchildren, April, Matt, Trent, and Brandon; seven great-grandchildren, a brother, Hubert, of Sanford, North Carolina, and a sister, Joyce of Moore, South Carolina. The family will be forever grateful to the staff of Magnolia Manor, the staff of Ogeechee Area Hospice, and the staff of Homestead Hospice for their generous care and affection during her final days.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. to service time on Tuesday, May 22 at Highland Hills Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Highland Hills Baptist Church with Dr. Jake Hall, Dr. William Kremer, and Dr. James Bruner officiating . Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, North Gate. Contributions in her memory may be made to Vineville Baptist Church, 2591 Vineville Avenue, Macon, 31204 or Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St., Statesboro, GA 30458. Visit www.snowscs.com to express condolences.
Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street has charge of arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, May 20, 2018
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