Mother Linnie Vaughn Hood passed from this life into eternal life on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at age 85. Linnie was born April 22, 1936, to the late Nathaniel and Henrietta Thomas in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was the eldest of seven siblings.
She was united in holy matrimony with Charles S. Hood on December 19, 1958. This sacred union was blessed with one son, Johnny C. Marshall.
Linnie is preceded in death by her husband Charles S. Hood; parents: Nathaniel & Henrietta Thomas; sisters: Bessie Davis Johnson, Dorothy Thomas & Deborah Thomas; brothers: Sammy Lee Hood & Nathaniel Thomas Jr.; nephew: Larry Davis.
Linnie was a product of the Arkansas school system, graduating from the historic Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in 1953. She later matriculated to AM&N College now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She majored in the study of business and management administration. She was employed by the State of Arkansas for many years, retiring in her chosen field as a senior budget analyst in 1998.
After confessing a love for Jesus Christ at an early age, she faithfully served God with a fervent heart until He called her home. Linnie devoted herself to her religion and remained a faithful servant of the Lord her entire life. She was a lifetime member of Greater Second Baptist Church serving on the Mother’s Board, Mission Ministry, Senior Ministry, and Women’s Ministry. Linnie was a Mother of the church ministering to and respected by all fortunate enough to enjoy the benefits of her teaching.
She was a dedicated member of the National Dunbar Alumni Association which later became The National Alumni of Dunbar and Horace Mann Senior High Schools. As a member, she played an active role in preserving Dunbar’s legacy through scholarships, mentoring programs, annual reunions, the Dunbar Community Festival, and numerous other special projects and activities.
Linnie was passionate about her family serving as the family matriarch. She looked forward to spending time with her family at every opportunity. Linnie loved to laugh, dance and entertain others with her witticisms. She was the family historian which included mentoring younger generations and sharing wisdom that can only be learned by living and experience. Other long-time joys were traveling, shopping, visiting with friends, and her grandchildren.
She leaves to cherish her memories, son Johnny C. Marshall and wife Gail; grandsons Jonathan, Courtney, Jason (Candace), Randall & Robert; great-grandchildren Jordan, Jonah, Reaghan, & Kruz; brother Emanuel Thomas; nieces Saundra (Lee), Dawn, Kim, Shajuana & Natosha (Cedric); nephews Barry (Marilyn) , Raymond, Marcus (Brittany), and a host of beloved great-nieces, great-nephews, relatives and friends.
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