David James Woods

Born: Tue., May 3, 1921
Died: Sun., Apr. 21, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 26, 2019
Location: Sharpsville First Presbyterian Church

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Apr. 27, 2019
Location: Sharpsville First Presbyterian Church

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David James Woods, 97, of Transfer, passed away on Sunday April 21st, 2019 at his home in Transfer, PA.  
David was born May 3rd, 1921 to Rev. Harry E. and Elma (Burns) Woods in Wampum, PA. In 1939 he graduated valedictorian of Transfer High School.  In 1943 he earned his bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry from Pennsylvania State University where he was elected vice president of his senior class, was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, all while working as a waiter in the dining halls.  After graduation, he returned to the family farm where he worked with his father to develop a distinguished herd of registered Guernsey cattle. In 1947 he married his wife, the late Marjorie “Midge” (Schiestle) Woods, who passed away in 2009.  In 1967, he and Midge opened Shadow Lawn Dairy, beloved in the community for its famous chocolate milk.  In 1981 their hobby of collecting antiques became a business, Shadow Lawn Furniture and Antiques.

David was a man of tremendous faith and was active in First Presbyterian Church of Greenville serving as an elder and singing in the church choir.  In his later years, David attended First Presbyterian Church of Sharpsville, the church which was built while his father served as pastor. Many building supplies came from the family farm, and the family aided in construction of the church. He loved music and sang in various local musical groups. David served on the Reynolds School Board, was President of the Pennsylvania Soil & Water Conservation, was a founding committee member of McKeever Environmental Learning Center, and past president of the Guernsey Breeders Association.  He lived a life of serving others and working to improve his community for his family, friends and future generations.
David is survived by his children: John (Sissie) Woods of Petal, MS, Kathy Miller of Greenville, SC, Beth (Dan) Lawyer of Warrenton, VA, Ruth (Eric) Latimer of Montreal, Quebec, Paul Woods (Michelle Roberts) of Sewickley, PA, Mary (Ken) Brown of Bridgeville, PA, Nancy (Jeff) Rex of McMurray, PA, daughter in law, Karen Woods of Transfer, PA,  and sisters in law, Mary Ruth Woods of Transfer, PA and Patricia Schiestle of Mercer, PA . Also surviving are 25 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and longtime friend, June Sensesak.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marjorie Woods, son, James Woods, son in law, Skip Miller, brothers, Robert, Joseph, John, and sisters, Ruth, Lois, Naomi, and Jane.
Friends may call Friday April 26th, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday April 27th, 2019 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Sharpsville 603 W. Ridge Ave. Sharpsville, PA 16150.
Funeral services will be held Saturday April 27th, 2019 at 10:00 am in the First Presbyterian Church of Sharpsville with Reverend Dr. F. Stanley Keehlwetter, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Sharpsville, 603 W. Ridge Ave., Sharpsville, PA 16150, in memory of David.

Arrangements entrusted to the Donaldson-Mohney Funeral Home & Cremation Service Sharpsville, PA.

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Wendy Braatz
   Posted Mon April 22, 2019
I am so sad to hear this news. I bought a couple things from him over the years...and liked him so much my girlfriends and I went back just to visit him. Loved listening to his stories. And he knew where every single piece of furniture came from, what he did to repair it and how much it cost. He could get in and out of those trailers better than we could! He made us get in the car, just to cross the road and although it was a short ride, it was an unforgettable one! I'm so sorry for your loss, but I picture him peaceful, in a rocking chair, having a wonderful conversation with his loved ones. :)

Gary D'Urso
   Posted Tue April 23, 2019
Sorry for your loss. Celebrate the life of an amazing husband, father, brother, man. You are on my prayer list.

Brenda Kepple
   Posted Wed April 24, 2019
So sorry to hear about your father. He was sweet man. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.


Alice / Bill Ferguson
   Posted Thu April 25, 2019
Woods family, so sorry for your loss.
Dave was a great man to know.

Bill & Alice

Deanna Peters
   Posted Thu April 25, 2019
So sad to see the passing of your father in the Herald 💞
What a a beautiful legacy he leaves behind. I am sure you are as proud of him as he was of all of you. Bless you as you celebrate the long,loving life of your Dad. 🎶😇🙏

Wendy Hancock (Brand)
   Posted Fri April 26, 2019
Sending my love and thoughts to all the Woods family- I have so many wonderful memories of the year I stayed with your family as an AFS student and especially remember the love and generosity of David and Midge, and the many conversations round the kitchen table! He leaves behind an amazing legacy - a life well lived. Love to you all xx. (Wendy from New Zealand)

Bill and Mary Jane Fay
   Posted Fri April 26, 2019
To all the family of David and Jim...we are so sorry to learn of your family's loss of brother, father, husband, grandfather. To lose 2 members of your family within such a short time of each other is heartbreaking. Although we did not know Jim very well, we always enjoyed our time with him when together. We remember David fondly from the time spent over the years as members at First Pres. Church in Greenville. He willingly gave time and talents to the managing of the church and the music program as well. His easy manner and thoughtful ways were always a positive addition to any conversation whether in church or at his beautiful Shadow Lawn farm. We know he will be missed by many but his long and full life will always be a testament to a life lived for God.

Nancy Stevenson
   Posted Fri April 26, 2019
Dear June Sensesak,

I was always happy to see you and David Woods when you visited First Pres. I thank God for your friendship with each other.

May God comfort you in the loss of your very dear, special friend.

In His love and service,

Nancy Stevenson

Joseph McElhinny
   Posted Sat April 27, 2019
I admired Mr Woods. Sorry I couldn't make it the calling hours.

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