Eddie Wood, ApHC stalwart, dies at age 86

Edwin A. “Eddie” Wood Eddie Wood of Wynnewood, Oklahoma was born to Enoch Alfred and Grace Ellen Wood in Tucumcari, New Mexico on October 15, 1922 and entered eternal life in Norman, OK on December 25, 2008 at the age of 86 years. Eddie spent a great deal of time on the family ranch located about 15 miles south of Tucumcari, near a town called Quay. Eddie operated a service station in Tucumcari for awhile and ran a band of brood mares on the ranch.

He later sold the New Mexico properties and moved his horse operation to Amarillo, Texas. Eddie had attended auctioneering school at Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Montana in 1958. He auctioned five cattle sales weekly in Amarillo and the panhandle towns of Tulia and Floydada. He gained valuable experience in his chosen skill while selling the weekly sales in the panhandle. It was in 1964 that he auctioned his first Texas longhorn. When the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America was formed in 1964, Eddie became Charter Member 110. In 1991 TLBAA recognized his enduring support by awarding him the Elmer Parker Award given to individuals who had devoted their lifetime to the preservation and promotion of the breed.

Eddie sold the Ada, Oklahoma Registered Horse Sales for 20 years, the Clovis, New Mexico Registered Horse Sales for 20 years, and the Roswell, New Mexico Horse Sales for 15 years in addition to many others. When the Appaloosa Horse registry was formed, Eddie was one of the early members and served two terms on the ApHC board of directors. In the last half of the twentieth century he was the premier auctioneer of the top tier of Appaloosa Horse sales.

Eddie married Joyce on July 25, 1982. Plaques, certificates, and other recognitions adorn the den walls at Pay Day Ranch, all tokens of the esteem conferred to Eddie for the tremendous contributions they have made to a wide range of organizations. The TLBAA has also nominated him for inclusion in the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. A large framed certificate from the Former Texas Rangers Museum commands a prominent spot in the collection, given in appreciation of a fund-raising auction at which Eddie officiated. There was a special day in 2000 when the Mayor of Houston declared February 26 “Colonel Eddie Wood Day” and then-Governor George W. Bush signed a proclamation naming Eddie an Honorary Texan.

The history enshrined on the walls reflects Texas Longhorn history entwined with the life work of Eddie Wood. Eddie was a collector of Western Memorabilia, including McChesney spurs for many years. In addition to his principle vocation as livestock auctioneer, Eddie served as an announcer at rodeos and horse shows, as master of ceremonies at award banquets, and volunteer auctioneer at many benefit auctions for such diverse groups as the TLBBA, the TLBT youth, the National Football League and the National Ranching Heritage Center. During the nation’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, Eddie was the Master of Ceremonies for the Oklahoma delegation at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Eddie was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star and India Shrine and had received the 50 year Mason Service Award. Eddie is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Wood of the home and daughters, Linda Jean Bird of Clearwater, Kansas Bobbi Jan Smith of St. Maries, Idaho 6 grandchildren. Eddie is preceded in death by his parents, Enoch Alfred and Grace Ellen Wood his brother, Richard Dale Wood and his sister, Glee Broome. Funeral services for Edwin A. “Eddie” Wood are scheduled for Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at l:00 p.m. in the Wooster Funeral Home Chapel in Pauls Valley, OK with the Rev. Clay Shannon officiating. Interment will be at the Pay Day Ranch. Services are under the direction of Wooster Funeral Home.

From The Daily Oklahoman

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  1. Richard Lankford Said,

    January 2, 2009 @ 11:04 am

    Eddie Wood was one of the great Auctioneers of his time. He put a lot of humor into selling at auctions.
    He always said he would let you know when the bid was to high.
    Eddie Wood will be missed.

  2. Sandy Jirkovsky Said,

    January 4, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

    Eddie was a great announcer and a great ambassador of the Appaloosa breed. I can hear his voice saying “may your entry fee be paid in full” as he said in every prayer at the National and World show he announced. We will miss you Eddie!

  3. Niceene Connolly Said,

    January 12, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

    Eddie was one of the Appaloosa Horse’s top ambassadors many of us were there for his years of announcing our National and World shows. I remember my first placing at a World Show and Eddie taking time when he announced my name to say what a beautiful name and pronouncing it correctly without even one faulter in his voice. Eddie will be missed by us all. Bless you Eddie!

  4. Del Schwab Said,

    January 19, 2009 @ 10:28 am

    Eddie was a mentor and a leader in the auction industry. I was fortunate to work with Eddie for several years and as the President of the Colorado Auctioneers Association was honored to recgonize him with a life accomplishment award in the industry in 2005. Eddie never failed to introduce any auctioneer that attended his sales. He was a very class act and had a great sense of humor. You always knew where you stood in life with Eddy. Col. Eddie Wood is still selling horses and cattle, just in a different place!! I’ll miss you Col.

  5. Scott Yarger Said,

    January 8, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    Grandad we still think about you everyday. I miss you and always will miss you. See ya one day soon !

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