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Virgil J. Hood, Sr.
October 14, 2023
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Virgil Jackson Hood Sr. peacefully transitioned on October 14, 2023, at Suburban Hospital, at the age of 96, with the comforting presence of his children by his side. Born in Harlem, NYC, his early years were nurtured by his parents, Addie Clark Hood and Alfred Hood, in Sandy Spring, MD. This foundational period unfolded at Sharp Street United Methodist Church and in the Montgomery County schools, shaping his values and character. He served in the Army and eventually settled in Washington, D.C., alongside his beloved wife, Genevieve Barabino Hood, and their family. In the nation's capital, he embraced a diverse array of experiences, from his studies at Howard University to his service as a police officer. It was here that Virgil made his mark as an entrepreneur, serving as President of MPCI, a government contracting firm providing facilities management for a diverse array of federal government buildings.
Beyond the realms of profession and military service, Virgil was a man of myriad passions. An avid sailor, he found joy navigating the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. His skill at the card table, particularly in poker, became the stuff of legend, bringing laughter and camaraderie into countless gatherings. His love for cars went beyond a practical interest, encompassing a deep appreciation for the craftsmanship and artistry inherent in each vehicle.
As we reflect on Virgil's journey, may his legacy serve as a testament to a life well-lived, marked by resilience, service, and an unwavering commitment to family. Virgil will be fondly remembered for his generosity, humor, sharp tongue, and impeccable style. There are no goodbyes, for he will forever reside in the hearts and daily routines of his family, as well as in the memories of the numerous friends and colleagues whose lives he enriched.
He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Hood Magwood, and granddaughter, Kirsten Magwood; son, Virgil J. Hood Jr., his wife Kimberly Higgs Hood, and grandson, Virgil J. Hood III.
May our beloved father, grandfather, and friend rest in power.
If Virgil Hood Sr touched your life, we invite you to join us in celebrating his remarkable journey this Thursday, November 16th, from 6-9 PM in Chevy Chase. To secure your attendance and get location details, please RSVP to VJHtribute@gmail.com by November 15th, as space is limited. In honor of his memory, donations can also be made to The Alzheimer’s Association through the following link: https://bit.ly/VJHtribute.