December 25, 1946 ~ July 26, 2021

Born in: Philpot, KY
Resided in: Philpot, KY

Gerald Ray Hood, 74, of Philpot, galloped into the arms of Jesus Christ, Monday, July 26, 2021 under of the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky Heartford House. Born December 25, 1946 to the late Justin and Bernice Hardesty Hood, Mr. Hood graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School in 1965, and later entered into the United States Army, proudly serving during Vietnam. Following his service to our country, Gerald began a 37-year career with Century Aluminum, where he worked as a supervisor until his retirement.

A true friend to all. Not everyone can say that, but when you left the presence of Gerald Hood, you left better. A “picker-upper” and incredible giver of hugs. Not the kind out of obligation or casual chatter, but the kind that meant something. The kind when you were in his embrace, you felt loved.

It was never uncommon to have him stop mid-sentence, to point at a daughter or son in the room and say, “you know I love you” or “I love you more.” He was so proud of his Catholic faith, and was dearly loved by his parish family.

“Papaw’s Chair.” You didn’t sit in it. More of a throne than a chair, really. Many stories of old were shared in this chair. Stories of wild horses running, his first horse Dan, his last horse, and all the ones in between. His dream to witness the wild horses running across Eastern Kentucky wouldn’t have been enough, for he’d want to ride right alongside them, boots and all!

A proud man. Not the pride you steer from. Not the pride too tough to hug another man and express how grateful you are for them. The kind you are drawn toward. Proud of his upbringing. Proud of his siblings; the relationships forged and held together all these years between them. Proud to stand arm in arm with his lady, his bride and best friend, Judy Hood, marveling over what they created together; a house on a hill, five children, all named traditionally, and then endearingly, by Gerald.

Loud. Proud. Pick him out in a crowd Gerald. Things we will forever hold tight to – His laugh. His stories. His presence. His creative and colorful compliments. His affection. His wittiness and charm. How he spoke with his hands. We will miss how his larger-than-life voice welcomed you to speak even louder. Knowing Gerald was exciting and a blessing.

When we see sprawling farmland, lined with black wooden fences, we will remember him. When we drive anywhere close to Philpot, we will remember him. Every golf bag, funny joke, or fine bottle of bourbon and every horse, we will remember him. Forever, we will remember him.

Aside from his parents, Gerald is preceded in death by his brother, Robert N. Hood; mother and father-in-law, Mama Anna and Daddy Dee Horn; in-laws, Paula Horn, Carlos Kassinger, Tom Hagan, Billy Mayfield, and Jim Head.

Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Judy Horn Hood; children, Michele (Ralph) Blair, Robyn (Tommy) Scales, Jeremy (Alexis) Hood, Christy Hood-Snyder, and Mikey (Amy) Hood; his 11 grandchildren, Ross, Macie, Mary, Luke, Max, Mason, Christian, Caroline, Carter, Amelia, and soon to be, Olivia; his siblings, Darrell (Lois) Hood, Jackie (Clemie) Cecil, Doug (Dorothy) Hood, Charlie (Celeste) Hood, Sheila Hood, Sandy Mayfield, Linda Hagan, Norma (Ed) Fulkerson, Debbie (Larry) Murphy; in-laws, Connie Hood, Becky Horn, Tony Horn, Mike Horn, Rose (Stewart) Foster, Patty Kassinger, and Nelda (David) Flahardy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Friday, July 30, 2021 at Sts. Joseph and Paul Catholic Church, with Father Carl McCarthy officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, and again from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the funeral home. Prayers will be led by Father Mike Williams, Thursday at 6:00 pm.

Expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Sts. Joseph and Paul Catholic Church; 609 East 4th Street, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303. Envelopes will be made available at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Hood. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Gerald Ray Hood and sign his virtual guestbook below.


Visitation: July 29, 2021 2:00 pm - July 29, 2021 7:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Visitation: July 30, 2021 9:00 am - July 30, 2021 10:30 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Prayers: July 29, 2021 6:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Funeral Mass: July 30, 2021 11:00 am

SS. Joseph & Paul Catholic Church
609 E 4th Street
Owensboro, KY

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  1. I love you guys and I am saying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for my uncle. I love him and will miss him so much. I will see him one day.

  2. Prayers for everyone. So many sweet memories at the Hood household growing up! I will treasure them.

  3. I truly love this man, he had a beautiful soul and his humor always made me smile. I will miss him. Bless his family, in this time of grief.

  4. What a guy! He taught me that a grown man can hug and really mean it. Geralds Uncle Denny Hardesty is greeting him in heaven. My daddy loved all the hoods like his own brothers and sisters. I love me some Hoods too! God bless Judy and her family. Love you all.

  5. What a wonderful man and a beautiful bride mourns her loss with her five sweet children. Gerald Ray was my one of many cousins and everyone’s favorite. You always walked away from a talk with Gerald Ray feeling as though your burdens had been lifted. Was it his smile? His laugh? Or just knowing he was on your side! Love and prayers to Judy and family!
    God bless you all! Margie Hardesty Avery

    • Wonderful memories, indeed. I’m proud to be Denny Hardesty’s number 2 son, Mark Hardesty. Myself and 2 other brothers used to say with Uncle Justin and Saint Burn when our mom was delivering a baby. Why I remember when I was 7 and Gerald Ray (Geroray) , as we called him), was 12 or 13, well he taught me how to milk a cow and ride that fine horse, Dan, he loved so much. I heard lots of hecks and darns, but also heard the Lord loves you Mark. This man was in the Army and a Viet Nam Veteran, to boot. Welcome home, brother! He’s in heaven now with mom and dad and Bob. God Bless all the Hoods and all of Geroray’s family.

  6. What a Hood he was. He had laugh to light a room and a story or joke to tell. A great man to be remembered an loved by many family and friends. Love, love

  7. My Mama’s “precious baby boy” and her “little John”. Fly high like an eagle! You will be sorely missed. Judy and family, I wish you peace! Love, love!!

  8. Judy and family, I am very sorry for your loss. Gerald is not gone forever. Every time we think of him even for a moment they are alive again, in our hearts because we loved them. May God comfort you during this time. You have lots of great memories now is the time to cherish them. Many thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  9. I am so sorry for the loss of this sweet, kind man. Heaven has gained an angel for sure. Prayers for all🙏 Debby & Mark Mulligan

  10. Robyn, Mikey and the entire family: I am sorry for your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lee Ann Coleman

  11. I had the pleasure of getting to know Gerald and Judy Hood well when I started attending St. joe and Paul he always greeted me with a big smile and a compliment . Recently I had the pleasure of having some encounters with him again I remember him saying I love you girl . He and Judy were a beautiful couple with a beautiful family . He will be greatly missed. Prayers to all

  12. my prayers and condolences to the family. Gerald was more than just a great guy. worked with him for several years. knew him well.

  13. Dear Hood Family,
    A life well lived. May God hold you close and give you comfort.
    With love,
    Randy & Cathy Armour

  14. Judy and family, may God’s love make your grief bearable. Wishing you and your family strength and peace.

  15. To all the families of Gerald Hood:
    Gerald and I went to school together as well as
    I with Linda and Paulette went to school
    with Debbie. We both have many great
    memories of the Hood family and are so sorry
    to hear about the passing of Gerald.
    Anyone that knew him knew they has a great friend
    who they could depend on. Paulette just had major
    surgery and I’m at home taking care of her so will be
    unable to get to either the funeral home, or funeral
    but wanted all to know you are in our thought’s
    prayer’s. The paper was correct that he is galloping
    into God’s great hands as it should be.

  16. Judy, Mark & I are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God surround you and your family with his love and comfort you in this time of grief. Remember the memories because that is what will help. We will be praying for you. Please know that we will be thinking about you.

  17. Hi Doug,
    Again, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your brother(s)! My thoughts & prayers go out to you, your wife & all of the family!
    Many Blessings,

    Kim McKinney

  18. Judy, we send our most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Seems like yesterday Gerald and I worked together at NSA and he was always such a positive person…Barb and I have many fond memories of you and Gerald in those early years when we were both starting our families. The obituary was the Gerald I remember and you have such a beautiful family which will be there with you during the difficult days ahead. Blessings.

    Jim and Barbara Grant
    Cumming, GA

  19. Judy and all family I send my deepest condolences to all of you. Gerald was one of my oldest, friends. Over 50 years. I work with him from the time he started at NSA until he retired. He was blessed with a special gift to make everyone happy when they may be sad. A story, joke or experience he would share. When we first met he told day he was a Christ child as his birthday in Christmas Day.
    He’s one that will never be forgotten. Wonderful individual. Always will be missed.
    He’s now in a place called heaven. God bless his soul. And God bless all of your family. Memories of him will never fade.

  20. Judy and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. Sincerely Bob and Patsy Milam

  21. Christy,
    I am so sorry for your loss! You, Caroline ,Christian and the rest of the family are in my prayers!

  22. Robyn and Jeremy,
    We are sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. We are keeping you and your family our thoughts and prayers.

  23. Judy may God be with you and your family in this trying time. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

  24. i just saw this!! i saw the picture on fb with hospice, but failed to check back. I am so sorry for your loss..Judy, Christy and family.

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