Oscar Dent Wood, III passed away at his home on January 5, 2024, at the age of 72. He leaves to cherish his memory, the love of his life, his wife, Linda Rivere Wood, his children, Michelle Weigand (Joe), Lucas Wood (Lindy Gray) and stepson, Tommy Poissot (Ashley); his grandchildren, Maeve, Gunnar, Declan, Annabelle, Madelyn, Aryana, and Tripp, his sister, Annette Wood Mire; nephew, Jason Truax (Betsy); and mother-in-law, Heloise Rivere. He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Edna Earl Wood.
Dent was born July 17, 1951, in Bogalusa, LA. As a young child at three years old, his family moved to Baton Rouge, where he has continued to reside.
He lived his life to the fullest, and enjoyed a childhood filled with camping trips and summer vacations with his family across the entire United States. He especially enjoyed all areas of sports, and was an outstanding athlete, excelling in most. His childhood summers were spent on baseball diamonds as he played on numerous little league baseball teams. One summer when he was ten, he mowed the yards for many of his neighbors to enable him to purchase his first set of golf clubs.
As he progressed in school, so did his participation on various teams. As a student at Istrouma High School, he played football, basketball, and baseball, and was outstanding in each sport. His favorite sport, however, was baseball. While a student at LSU, he was on the LSU baseball team, and in Pharmacy School at Northeast Louisiana University, he also played on their baseball team. His love of sports throughout the years continued, and he was one of the starting members of the Baton Rouge Ancient Athlete Society, as well as the Red Stick Old Timers League.
Following his graduation with a BS in Pharmacy, he started and established his own pharmacy, Parkwood Pharmacy, located on Coursey Boulevard, during the time when Coursey Boulevard was just being developed. Having served in various pharmacy locations, he retired from full-time pharmacy work as Pharmacy Supervisor at the Baton Rouge VA Clinic. At the time of his death, he was still involved in the field of Pharmacy, and was serving as the Consulting Pharmacist for the Baton Rouge Bone and Joint Clinic, B.R.A.S.S. Surgery Center, and at the Interventional Pain Management Clinic and Institute.
In living life to the fullest, he continued to be an avid LSU fan, having season tickets to both football and baseball games for most of his adult life. His interests were varied and many. He loved music and attending music concerts, was a voracious reader, and, in addition to his many interests, he was a charter member of the Baton Rouge Bourbon Barons. Dent loved all things associated with the beach, and spent many wonderful years enjoying his and Linda’s condo at Orange Beach, AL. While enjoying retirement, his love for fishing and water sports continued, and his home on the Amite River in Port Vincent was the hub and the center of many wonderful times with family and friends.
Dent loved his family and friends. He had a remarkable dry sense of humor and could light up a crowd with his antics. As a friend, he was loyal, devoted, and caring. He was much loved and will be missed. As he told Linda the night before his death, he was truly a happy man.
If you would like to make a memorial donation in lieu of flowers in honor of Dent, the family asks that you consider St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or a charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 15, 2024, at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy. in Baton Rouge, at 11:00 a.m. A visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:00 a.m.