Submitted to Branson Globe
“Rattlesnake” Eddie Wood, 68, of Branson, Missouri passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Interment will follow in Freeman Cemetery in Freeman, Missouri. Memorial contributions are suggested to Freeman Cemetery.
Eddie was born on January 30, 1952 in Harrisonville, Missouri, the son of Elmer Eugene Wood and Edith Mae (Cathcart) Wood. Eddie graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1971. He met the love of his life, Deborah Lynne Herring and united in marriage on December 7, 1974. Unto this marriage they had one daughter, Ashkea Lynne Wood, who tragically passed away in 1998 at the age of 19 due to a car accident.
Eddie was the “Real Deal”, a true cowboy from an early age. At 8 years old, he joined Little Britches Rodeo and in later years participated in the National High School Rodeo finals. For 17 years, he rode in the Professional Rodeo Circuit, riding bulls, fighting bulls, and was a rodeo clown. Rattlesnake Eddie got his name one year by participating in a Rattlesnake Roundup in Wynoka, Oklahoma. Out of all the cowboys who went on the hunt, he is the only one who brought back rattlesnakes.
Eddie & Debbie opened their unique store, Crooked Sky Trading Post, in Branson, Missouri in 2012. They won the title of “Best of Branson Gift/Specialty Shop” for 2019. Rattlesnake Eddie was a master leather craftsman and made custom leather products including custom guitar straps for many A list entertainers all over the country.
Eddie was also an actor and appeared in many TV shows, commercials, and movies. He was a performer at the long-established outdoor drama theatre, Shepherd of the Hills. Several newspaper and magazine publications have written stories on him. One of his statements in a recent publication quoted him as saying, “Every morning I say a prayer and ask God to use me and my hands for his will.” Rattlesnake Eddie was a Branson celebrity icon and was loved very much in the Branson Community.
Eddie was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Ashkea Lynne Wood; and brother, Jim Myers. He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Lynne Wood of the home; his mother-in-law, Vera Ruth Herring of the home; brother, Gary Eugene Wood of Deepwater, MO; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and his beloved English Bulldog, Sedona, who was always by his side.