Cody Ray Hood, 24
A celebration of the life of Cody Ray Hood, 24, of Sparta, was held Feb. 1, 2020, at the Sparta Church of Christ. Cody died Jan. 28 at his home.
He was born March 25, 1995, the son of Robert and Jeania Hood, and was greeted by three eager, older siblings.
As a child, he brought laughter and joy with him everywhere. He was kind and full of imagination, spending his days masquerading as one hero or another. As he grew older, that light stayed with him, and he was a favorite with the children of family and friends. They were drawn to him and to his willingness to stop and play.
He would throw himself wholeheartedly into whatever hobby interested him at the time (most recently it was smoking meats), and that same devotion was extended to his friends. But life is not always kind, and Cody struggled with his share of darkness. The loss of his older sister, Nikki, and father, Robert, hit him hard. Especially Nikki; she was his person, the one who understood him better than the others.
Then his world shifted again, and life came after death as it always does. His daughter Jasmine was born May 4, 2017, and his daughter Sophia followed on Aug. 2, 2018. He found new purpose in loving his daughters, and he threw himself into building a stable life for them. A perfect day was one spent at home, surrounded by family, while he cooked for them. The world is a little less bright without him, and he will be missed by many.
He is survived by his two daughters, Jasmine and Sophia Hood; his mother, former Ozark County resident Jeania Hood; his brother, Corey Sims; his sister, Heather Hood; his grandmother, Guavana Sims of Midland, Texas, formerly of Gainesville; and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Nikki Hood; his father, Robert Hood; and grandfather, Ozark County native John R. Sims.
Arrangements by Holden Cremation and Funeral Services, Sparta.