David James Woods


David James Woods, 97, of Transfer, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019, at his home in Transfer.
David was born May 3, 1921, to the Rev. Harry E. and Elma (Burns) Woods in Wampum.
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 that 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 and 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, Miss., Kathy Miller of Greenville, S.C., Beth (Dan) Lawyer of Warrenton, Va., Ruth (Eric) Latimer of Montreal, Quebec, Paul Woods (Michelle Roberts) of Sewickley, Mary (Ken) Brown of Bridgeville and Nancy (Jeff) Rex of McMurray; daughter-in-law, Karen Woods of Transfer; sisters-in-law, Mary Ruth Woods of Transfer and Patricia Schiestle of Mercer; 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 and John; and sisters, Ruth, Lois, Naomi and Jane.
Memorial contributions may be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Sharpsville, 603 W. Ridge Ave., Sharpsville, PA 16150, in memory of David.

David James, 97, of Transfer.
Calling hours: From 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (4-26-19) and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday (4-27-19) at the First Presbyterian Church of Sharpsville, 603 W. Ridge Ave., Sharpsville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.donaldsonmohney.com.
Service: Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday (4-27-19) in the church, with the Rev. Dr. F. Stanley Keehlwetter officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to the DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 124 W. Main St., Sharpsville.
Published on April 22, 2019
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Apr 22, 2019
Dear Family of Mr. Woods,

I would like to express my condolences to you all. The loss of a dear loved is never easy to cope with. Thankfully, God's word can offer us comfort.

As the "God of comfort", he promises to "comfort us in all our trials" (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). How encouraging these words are! God cares for us and wants to comfort us during our difficult times. May these words along with the support of family and friends encourage you during this time.