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Ralph Hood

Ralph Hood, age 81, of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. A native of Anderson, SC, Ralph is a son of the late Ralph Erskine, Sr. and Helen Gillespie Hood. He was a member of Erwin Presbyterian Church. Mr. Hood loved story telling, staying in touch with his dear friends, and flew for over 30 years. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Erwin, inducted into the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame in 2003, and a regular contributor to The Erwin Record. In addition to his parents, Ralph is preceded in death by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ralph Hood has left behind to cherish his memory: loving wife of 55 years, Gail Arrington Hood; daughter Melanie Hood; son Kevin Hood and wife Shirley Chan; son Brett Hood; grandson Rowan Hood; brother Jim Hood and wife Sue; sister Martha Standera and husband Ed; nephew Joe Standera; nephew Grant Hood and wife Ljubica; niece Audra Weiss and husband Ben; great niece Madelyn Weiss; and great nephew Braydon Weiss. 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Ralph Hood in a memorial service to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Erwin Presbyterian Church. Reverend Scott Price will officiate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and will continue until service time at Erwin Presbyterian Church. A committal service will be held at a later time. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame, 4343 73rd Street, North Birmingham, AL 35206 or to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR, 72202.  

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at or on our Facebook page at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Ralph Hood through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N Main Ave., Erwin, TN 37650.  (423) 743-9187