John Maxwell “Max” Wood


John Maxwell "Max" Wood, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 in Fairhope where he had resided for 25 years.

Max was born to John Hackworth Wood and Olga Pope Wood in the small community of Dixon Mills in Marengo County.

After serving four years in the United States Air Force as a flight engineer, Max returned home and enrolled at the University of West Alabama, receiving both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Max completed his post graduate MAA studies at the University of Alabama.

Max retired after serving 35 years as an educator, fulfilling the positions of teacher, principal and superintendent of education.

Also active in civic affairs in Linden and Jackson, Max was president of the Linden County Club and Linden Rotary Club.

While residing in Jackson, Max served on the Jackson Zoning Board and the Jackson Planning Commission; he was chairman of both.

After retiring in 1991, Max and Susan moved to Fairhope where he enjoyed many years of golf. Max joined First Baptist Church of Fairhope and worshipped there for 25 years.

Max was preceded in death by his beloved grandson, John Graham Quinley; his parents; a sister; and a brother.

Max is survived by his wife, Susan Loper Wood; his son, Mark Devery Wood (Margaret) of Fairhope; daughter, Katherine Delys Ward (Larry) of Huxford; four grandchildren, Alice Katherine Corbin (Sean) of Anderson, South Carolina, William Wood Quinley, Emelie Louise Wood, John Christopher Wood of Fairhope; one brother, Rex Wood (Betty Kaye) of Thomasville.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Fairhope.

Interment will follow at Memory Gardens of Fairhope.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Children's Building Fund at First Baptist Church, Fairhope, 300 S. Section St., Fairhope, AL 36532.

Arrangements by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 19698 Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532.