Rocky McCullough, age 57, passed peacefully at his home on Friday, March 29, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on the 29th of November, 1955 in Dallas, Texas. Rocky attended Irving High School in Dallas; and then received a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Criminal Justice, in 1978 from Abilene Christian College at Metro Center, Dallas, Texas. He also served as a motorcycle officer with the Dallas Police Department from 1974-1978 and then in reserve status with that department until 1982.
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Thereafter, Rocky had a long and successful career in the automobile retail business. He was a sales consultant with Toyota of Irving, Irving, Texas, in 1978 and then promoted by that dealership to the Director, Finance and Insurance, and served in that capacity until 1982, when he was engaged by Don Davis Oldsmobile, Arlington, Texas, initially as its Finance and Insurance Director from 1982-1984; then was promoted to the position of New Car Sales Manager from 1984-1985; and then further promoted to General Manager of the dealership from 1985-1987.
Rocky then was employed by Goodson Honda-Pontiac-GMC in Houston as its Finance and Insurance Director in 1987; and he served in that post for only three months before being promoted to the dealership's General Sales Manager for the period 1987-1989. Then the dealership promoted Rocky to General Manager of the dealership and he was so employed until 1995, at which time he became the Group General Manager of both that dealership and Goodson Spring Branch Honda from 1995-2000. In July of 2000, the then owners of the Goodson dealerships sold those retail companies to United Auto Group, a national public corporation (now known as the Penske Auto Group) and were combined in reorganization with two Dodge dealerships, a Chrysler-Jeep dealership and two collision centers, all in Houston. These local dealerships then owned by the national parent became the Goodson Auto Group; and Rocky became its President and Group General Manager, serving until 2010.
While with the Penske organization, the Honda stores in the Houston group under Rocky's management were either second or third annually in profitability of all the Penske Honda retail outlets in the nation. Employee satisfaction was always in the top 10 of all the dealerships of the Penske Auto Groups in their Western region of the United States; and the two Goodson Honda stores under Rocky's direction won fourteen American Honda President's Awards. During this time frame, Rocky also served as a Director of the Houston Auto Dealers' Association and was Chairman-Elect of that group when he became inactive in 2010. He also served on the Board of Directors and in the capacity of a National Vice-President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Rocky's extraordinary career in the car business was unfortunately cut short by the detection of and his battle with cancer; but even then, his primary concern was not for himself, but for his family.
He is survived by his wife, Jane, of Houston, his daughter Cecily of New York City, his mother Jean of Irving and his two brothers, Rick of Irving, and Rhett of Pittsburg, Texas.
Friends are cordially invited to a celebration of his life, to be conducted by the Reverend Doctor Wayne Eberly, at a memorial service to be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, the 5th day of April at Pines Presbyterian Church, 12751 Kimberly Lane, in Houston, as well as to a visitation with the family that will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall of the Church. There is parking on the street in the front of the Church as well as in the large parking lot in the rear of the Church.
In lieu of customary type remembrances, kindly consider a contribution in Rocky's memory for cancer research to MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 301439, Houston, Texas 77230-1439 or to another
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 31, 2013