Late Bobby Wood, mayors recognized at dedication service
A dedication service to honor former mayors and the late Bobby Gains Wood was held Saturday afternoon, Dec. 10, at the Lake City Museum.
A tribute and dedication was given to the mayors of Lake City and former Adjutant General and State Representative Bobby Wood. A display of several items donated by the Wood family was on display in the Tribute Room, along with a collection of photos of all former Lake City mayors.
Museum Curator Brenda Hutcheson introduced current city Mayor Jon Milligan and former mayors, Billy Anderson, Norval Spurlock, and family of Harold Timms. Five members of the Wood family were present and included Mary Lou Wood, Becky Wood Fredrick, Doug Fredrick, Hallie Fredrick and Michael Fredrick.
"We have continued to add to our collections and displays since the museum was founded in 2002," Hutcheson said. "We are honored that the Wood family has trusted us with the memorabilia belonging to Bobby Wood. Lake City takes such pride in him. Bobby was a people person and loved his hometown. He graduated from Lake City and proudly called himself a Catfish (the former Lake City mascot). He was so good to record things, and we have several notebooks that reflect his experiences throughout his lifetime.
State Representative Homer Lenderman told of his long association working with Wood.
"Bobby was a fine man and he leaves quite a legacy," Lenderman said. "He spent 20 years in the legislature, from 1977 until 1996. He was an Adjutant General in the National Guard and spent 32 years with the 875th Engineering Battalion. He was a member of the prestigious Arkansas State University Hall of Fame. We owe Bobby a debt for his support of ASU and education in general."
"We are very proud of this museum," Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan said. "We want it to grow and prosper. The Museum Committee takes good care of this facility and we are grateful for their work as dedicated volunteers."
"We have a Veterans' Room here at the museum," Hutcheson said. "We are trying to display a picture of each known veteran from the Lake City area. We continue to seek out names and photos of all our service people, in order to honor them. Plans are to erect a special Veterans Monument in Lake City in the near future."
Lake City Museum board members include co-curators Brenda Hutcheson and Jerry Freeman, Martha Carter, Marie George, Jimmie Taylor, Stephanie Timms, Sandra Nall, Debbie Nunnally, Gordon Freeman, and former members Catheryn Griffin and Dennis Murphy.