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David A. Stanwood

August 16, 1937 October 19, 2018
David A. Stanwood
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Stanwood, David Arthur.

On October 19, 2018, after a long battle with illness, David A. Stanwood passed away peacefully at his home in Gastonia, North Carolina, with loved ones by his side.

David grew up in Rivervale, New Jersey, the youngest of four. As a child, he developed passions for fishing, baseball, basketball, farming and horse breeding. At the age of 20, David attended a Billy Graham Crusade in Madison Square Garden, where he dedicated his life to serving the Lord.

David graduated from Moravian College in 1957 with degrees in Mathematics and English. Preferring a simpler lifestyle, he moved to a 1790s-era homestead on 88 acres in the Catskill mountains of Greenville, New York. There he bred horses and chickens, fished for trout, played and organized league baseball, worked for the local school district, launched his own sporting goods and soft drink distribution businesses, and eventually became a field agent for Metropolitan Life.

In 1979, while visiting in Texas, David met Judy, and after a swift 4-month courtship, they embarked on what would become a 39-year marriage with two children and 5 grandchildren. David and Judy spent the first 14 years of their marriage restoring the old homestead to its original 1800 charm. Summer vacations were spent with family at a seaside cottage on the Long Island Sound, chasing those “Big Blues” with rod and reel.

Job opportunities led the family to Texas in 1992, where David used his degree in Mathematics and became a certified teacher, teaching all levels of math from 6th grade to Calculus. His students remember him as being genuinely dedicated to their success, as he would often work through his lunches to tutor those who struggled. And his track record was remarkable. Every student who took his Remedial Math class passed their state exams, even those who had previously failed.

Upon retirement from teaching in 2002, David and Judy moved to Nixa, Missouri, where they built a home. While Judy pursued a career in Special Education, David planted a 400+ peach tree orchard and partnered with another farmer to produce organic greenhouse tomatoes, which he sold from a farm stand. Local radio station deejays referred to him on-air as the “Tomato-Nater” for having the best tomatoes in the area.

Most importantly, David was known throughout his life for his steadfast relationship with the Lord. He served in various sports programs to strengthen youth in their Christian faith, and later became an ordained minister. He often shared the good news of Jesus Christ with those he met in his community. He remained a faithful husband and dedicated father, always reminding his children to “PGF,” or “put God first.”

David will be lovingly missed by his wife, Judy, his children, Joel Stanwood (Christine) and Mary Henderson (Tim), and his siblings, Bob Stanwood and Ellie Nygard. Grampa David will also be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren, Rebecca, Ethan, William, and Olivia Stanwood, and Cadence Henderson. His six nieces and nephews are recounting the time he spent with them as they were growing up. David was predeceased by his sister, Lois Cady Brader.

A memorial to honor David's life will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 2:00 PM, Harvest Church, 7429 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte NC.

Special thanks to the staff of Gaston County Hospice who daily loved and shared their skills during David's illness. Special thanks to Harvest Church and Freedom Church staff for their encouraging words, prayers, and gifts that helped sustain the family through a difficult season.

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2:00 PM 11/17/2018 2:00:00 PM
Harvest Church

7429 Tuckaseegee Rd
Charlotte, NC 28214

Harvest Church
7429 Tuckaseegee Rd Charlotte 28214 NC
United States

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