David Horace “Dave” Sherwood, recently of Newnan, Ga., and long-time resident of Bristol, Va., died Wednesday, February 28, 2018, one month short of his 93rd birthday.
Dave was born in Easton, Pa., on March 28, 1925. He spent his youth in Merion, Pa., in the Main Line Historic District, just outside of Philadelphia. Dave graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1943. He joined the U.S. Army after graduation and was sent to basic training at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss. It was a move he talked about for years to come because it introduced him to a new part of the country he never experienced before.
Dave was deployed to Algiers, North Africa, and subsisted on Hershey bars and Coca-Cola during the entire voyage overseas. His sweet tooth followed him the rest of his life. While in North Africa, an ingrown toenail provided him an opportunity to be assigned to the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) -- a precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Special Forces. Dave couldn’t stand or walk, so he was kept overnight while his troop was sent back to their post. When Dave was finally able to join his troops, he discovered they had moved on to Italy. Dave was then given the OSS assignment, which included training agents in small arms use and teaching them to parachute out of planes while loaded down with gear. Dave didn’t fully realize the secrecy of what they were doing until he wrote home to his mother and told her about their missions. His letter was returned to him, cut up in pieces. He never spoke much about the war after he left the service, but enjoyed telling a couple stories: when King George VI visited their camp, and the other, which he was always especially excited to share, about working alongside actress Maureen O’Hara.
After the war, Dave was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. He moved back to Pennsylvania and worked for U.S. Plywood, later known as Champion Building Products, with whom he spent his career. He was promoted to Assistant Manager and transferred from Philadelphia to Allentown. He was later promoted to Branch Manager and transferred again to Bristol, Tenn. He and his wife of 57 years, Virginia, settled down in Bristol, Va., and raised their family.
Dave was a member of State Street United Methodist Church in Bristol and a longtime member of the Men’s Fellowship Sunday School Class and the Solaris Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the Bristol Country Club and an avid supporter of his son’s athletic teams. Dave was a kind, honest and humble man, whose generosity was felt by all who knew him. He will be remembered for his love of family, friends, God and Country.
He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Gertrude Sherwood; siblings, Amanda Dean, Albert "Bud" Sherwood Jr. and George Sherwood; wife, Virginia “Hun” Sherwood and his grandson, Joseph Sherwood. He is survived by sons, David (Lisa) Sherwood, of Southern Pines, N.C., Mitchell (Melinda) Sherwood, of Newnan, Ga., and Charts Sherwood, of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, John Eyre “Jack," Mac, Evan, Landon, Sam and Virginia “Jenna” Sherwood and step-granddaughters; Janet Marie and Amanda Gunnels.
Services will be held at State Street UMC in Bristol, Va. at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018. The Sherwood family will gather this summer to spread Dave’s and Hun’s ashes together in Destin, Fla., their favorite vacation spot for many years.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Joseph Clay Sherwood Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information about this scholarship, please contact the Coweta Community Foundation at 770-253-1833 or www.cowetafoundation.org/donate.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.mckoon.com .
McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory, 770-253-4580.