A Series of Union County Biographies
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GRADY HENRY HOOD
August 27, 1895- February 16, 1979
Written by great-granddaughter, Sherry Parks
Grady Henry Hood was born August 27, 1895 in Union Co., GA to Benjamin Franklin Hood and Mary A. “Mollie” Fields. He passed away December 15, 1929 in Union Co., GA and is buried in the Duncan Cemetery.
Grady grew up around Hoods Chapel in Estatoe, Union Co., GA with 4 other brothers and 5 sisters. They went to school at Pleasant Grove, which was up on the hill behind Hoods Chapel. It was a one-room schoolhouse with 2 teachers, grouped in sections by grade. One teacher was more or less the principal who was the disciplinarian and the other was a regular teacher.
Grady Henry Hood was a carpenter and a farmer. He was frequently asked to make the caskets in town out of wood when someone passed away. Grady was married to Jane Mae Reece on Feb. 6, 1916. In the early years, they took over the old Pouper’s Home for the elderly and ran the place. Jane cooked the meals and took care of the housecleaning. They got a small farm near to Pouper’s and Grady took care of 1/3 of the Roger’s big farm along with it and gave them 1/3 of what they grew on the land. There was an old broken down log home that they tore down and built a house further up on a hill. Th! ey built a barn next to where the old log home was. They used a wagon and a mule to haul the crops.
Abt. 1939, they moved 2 miles east to a 160-acre farm in the Coosa District. The Pouper’s home just got too much for them to run. Grady took contracts building the Three C’s Tops (Army Barracks) to buy the 160 acre farm for $1900. They farmed 24 acres of the 160. There was a log house covered in planks of wood over the logs and it had a tin roof. The Coosa Creek came through their land. After a few years, Grady (without telling Jane) sold the 160 acres and they moved to some land with a rock house, 2 miles west again from the other. Jane was very upset about it but went along. They lived in the rock house for a while until Grady and the family built a new one next to it, then used the rock house for storage.
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