Brent L. Hood Sr.
Funeral services for Brent L. Hood, Sr. 41, of Lower Brule, SD were held Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Lower Brule Community Center in Lower Brule, SD with burial in the Messiah Episcopal Cemetery at Iron Nation, SD. Brent “Congo” Leo Hood,
Brent “Congo” Leo Hood, Sr. was born on August 18, 1978 in Chamberlain, SD to Darlene (Charging Whirlwind) and Bates Hood, Sr.
Congo attended both Lower Brule Elementary and high school graduating in 1998. In his high school career, he had a passion for sports including football, basketball, and cross country, earning him the following awards Lion Heart Award Cross Country 1993-1994, Co-MVP Cross Country 1994, MVP Boys Basketball 1994-1995, Class B All Indian Tournament - All Tourney 1995, Most Dedicated in 1996-1997, and Most Inspirational 1997-1998. One of his fond memories in high school was being able to shoot pool at the Junior Nationals.
In the spring of 1999, Congo met the love of his life Claudia and together they carried on. Claudia supported Congo in whatever activity he was in, whether it was for softball with Lyle, Mag, Michael D., pool with Troy, Lee, and Yamni or horseshoes with Jim and Mag. When Claudia wasn’t with him, which was very rare, he would come home and tell her all about it, whether it was getting kicked out of a pool tournament with Yamni, or not letting Lee order food for them anyone, not knowing what he was going to be taste testing, to dancing in the streets with Lyle, adventures of fishing and ice fishing with Jim and Lyle, the list goes on and on.
On July 4, 2001, Congo and Claudia welcomed their baby girl, their princess Laneisha Marie Hood. She stole his heart. On December 18, 2003, they welcomed their twin boys, Peyton James Hood and Demery George Hood, in the fall of September 15, 2006 they welcomed Brent Leo “Bad” Hood, Jr. to the family. On August 17, 2007, Congo and Claudia got married and on May 13, 2011 they welcomed their fifth child Michael Lee Hood which completed the family.
Congo stayed active with softball, pool, horseshoes, and adding his kids sports into the mix. Claudia and Congo adjusted their schedules according to the seasons, summer meant softball with his boys Peyton, Demery, and Brent Jr. Michael just couldn’t wait to start playing with him on the field, constantly asking if he could go in for him. He was the proudest father out there being able to play with his boys. Fall and winter meant pool, football, basketball, and wrestling, only to do it all over again the following year. Congo was the first player to earn the “Shane Durkin” Award during the Lower Brule Fair. Congo played on SDS Express Dirtdawgs, Kul Wicasa, and Mabe’s Boys.
He enjoyed being with friends and loved being with his family. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching his favorite teams Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Cubs, throwing horseshoes with friends and loved throwing the softball around and playing golf with his children. He was always bragging his kids up to anyone and everyone that listened. He enjoyed telling his kids stories of his childhood.
There are many wonderful aspects to Congo’s life and many ways that he touched our lives. He will be remembered as a wonderful brothers, a great friend, an amazing uncle, cousin, outdoorsman, son, and incredible husband. In these ways and more, he made our lives richer and fuller. He lives in our memories and stories and in what all of us have become because of him.
Congo passed away on March 13, 2020 at Brookings, SD at the age of 41 years. Gratefully sharing his life are his wife Claudia Hood; sons Peyton Hood, Demery Hood, Brent Hood Jr., and Michael Hood; and his one and only daughter Laneisha Hood and faithful pets Biggie, Hopper, and Puma; father Bates Hood Sr.; sisters Trudy Hood and Lovetta Hood; sisters-in-law Mimi Johnson and Dawn Johnson; and brothers Bates Hood Jr., Llewelyn Hood, Jim Koster and Lyle Whitney; brothers-in-law Bunky (Sally) Johnson, Richard Johnson, and Sheridan Banks; his special nieces Tiara Grassrope and Jesslyn Estes; granddaughters Hailey and Anjelica Grassrope; aunties Marlene Quinn and Beverly Wilson; uncles Arnold Sazue, Emmett Goodface, and Charlie Quinn; nieces Nina Lanae and Billie Jean; nephews Collin Latrell, Dominique Odell Jr., Ethan Jordan, Bates Henry III, Tayne Verdell, Marlyn James, Felix Stanley, and Brycen Lee.
Preceding him in death were his mother Darlene Hood, aunt Jeannette Charging Whirlwind, uncles Clifford Charging Whirlwind, and Morgan.