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David A. Woodcock Jr.


1932 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
David A. Woodcock Jr. Obituary
David A Woodcock, Jr., a long time Flat Rock resident, spent 60 years as an entrepreneur developing companies nationally and internationally. He was born in Philadelphia in 1932. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Anderson Woodcock, his sister Linda Woodcock Kennedy, his children Susan Woodcock Guinan, Paul Allen Osteen, Lori May Felten, Zee Anne Osteen and predeceased by Wendy Ann Woodcock. David was very proud of his 9 grandchildren, his nephews and his great nieces and nephews.
Mr Woodcock attended Gettysburg College and enlisted in the United States Air Force where he received special training in the Russian language at Syracuse University. He was posted to the Aleutian Islands during the Korean Conflict monitoring Russian radio transmissions. As a young man he loved sports and excelled at basketball and baseball. He played minor league ball for the Detroit Tigers. Woodcock had a love of thoroughbred racing and served as a member of the Jockeys" Guild.
Woodcock's business life started in New York City as an executive recruiter. His career introduced him to many opportunities and influential executives. He was a trusted adviser to Pete Roselle, NFL Commissioner, working closely with him as an elected member of the NFL's Board of Directors. Dave's partnership with Wilson Harrell and TV personality, Art Linkletter built a successful marketing organization representing well known consumer products. That business was later sold and the proceeds were used to grow Harrell International into the world's largest seller of processed foods. Woodcock was instrumental in the reorganization of Inc. Magazine, a magazine about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.
Woodcock's life as an entrepreneur was recognized and celebrated by Western Carolina University in 2014 when he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Degree for his contributions to the university and its students. He served on the College Business Advisory Board and on the Board of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Woodcock took great pleasure in encouraging young entrepreneurs assisting them in building a future.
Mr Woodcock was a member of the Episcopal Church-Transfiguration, Bat Cave, NC where the family will hold a memorial service on June 14th at 3pm. The family requests donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville in lieu of flowers.
Online condolences may be made at www.ashevillemortuaryservices.com.
Published in The Times-News on May 8, 2016
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