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419 Yoakum Ct
Pensacola, FL 32505
Phone: 850-438-6235
Fax: 850-438-5758
Walter  Woodcock

Walter Edward "ED" Woodcock

Saturday, November 6th, 1943 - Sunday, May 10th, 2020
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Walter Edward “Ed” Woodcock
1943 - 2020

Walter Edward “Ed” Woodcock was born on November 6, 1943 and passed away on May 10, 2020 at age 76. Ed was a native of Pensacola, Florida.


Ed is survived by his loving wife Donna H. Woodcock and children: Daniel G. Woodcock (Barbara); Lisa Woodcock Knoll (John); Stephen Edward Woodcock (Ashley); Donald E. Harper (Deon); and Stacy H. McCarthy. He is survived by his sisters Debra W. Neal (Dan) and Pamela W. Liss. Ed has eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives.

He is predeceased by his parents Walter Arthur Woodcock and Arlie Bee Woodcock; his sister Patricia W. Moore; and his niece Heather Moore.

Ed often said all of Pensacola has purchased furniture from him at some point. He began in the furniture business at Danley Furniture, then started working in the furniture department at Gayfers when the store first opened. He was the last furniture salesman to leave Gayfers. Ed opened his own store called Contempo Galleries with his wife Donna. After the store closed, he worked for and managed multiple other stores in town, including Duvon, Bronsteins, Barrows, Ashley, and Miles Furniture.

Ed and Donna loved traveling, one trip took them around the country. They stopped at all the major furniture markets to stock their store. They traveled to spend time with friends and visiting his sisters. They invested in every home by remodeling the interior and perfecting the landscaping. Ed often installed fencing - always painting it hunter green. He loved improving on what was available. He thought a person should return an item in better condition than when it was borrowed. That can be seen in all the homes where he lived. He was often found piddling in the garage working on the next project.

Ed and Donna moved back to East Pensacola Heights to live in his parents’ home. He and Donna enjoyed sitting on the porch with their dog Jake and visiting with their neighbors.

The family will have a private burial service at Barrancas National Cemetery. There will be a memorial service at Heights Baptist Church, with Pastor Brian Nott officiating, held at a later date. Trahan Funeral Home is taking care of arrangements.

The family wish to express heartfelt thanks to Emerald Coast Hospice, Dr. Schopmeyer, Dr. Messina, and wonderful neighbors in helping take care of Ed.

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    Address
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    PENSACOLA, FL 32508
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    The family will have a private burial service at Barrancas National Cemetery.
The family will have a private burial service at Barrancas National Cemetery. There will be a memorial service at Heights Baptist Church, with Pastor Brian Nott officiating, held at a later date. Trahan Funeral Home is taking care of arrangements.

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john Gary Hodge

Posted at 09:09pm
I was one of the Gayfers furniture sales department family in the late 70's and 80's. Ken Daniels did his best to manage us and overall was greatly successful. Bob justice, Diane Chitty, Rusty Liscoe, and Ron Ellision, myself and Ed were in many ways like brothers with one sister. Diane was one of the guys. Patsy Gill, Ken's secretary, looked after us in regards to cleaning up our occasional delivery messes and hastily written special orders. That sales floor generated countless moments of humor and drama. We were characters, cultivated many characters as repeat customers, and enjoyed the company of many husbands seeking refuge from a wife who was shopping too long. The furniture department was the "Hangout". Furniture Reps came by regularly in those days. If a furniture market had been held recently. Diane was eager to get the latest naughty jokes, and, if Ed was shown a new collection that he liked, he would write a bogus sale to get it in, cancel it, and get it on the floor. We were all usually in on it. Ken would be furious to have his inventory jacked up. The collection always seemed to sell, and Ken would reorder. Ed showed Bob and I how to throw a cast net. This was done in the conference room behind our bedding department during work hours. Diane, Rusty and Ron watched. Ed was a skilled castnetter . The sales floor was barren of a sales staff. Ken approached a few customers, finally found us, and busted up the cast net throwing class. As I witnessed many times, Ken stomped off mumbling about not knowing what he was going to do about our lapse in professionalism and ED would be close on his heels saying, "Come on Ken, cool down, don't be mad." I always new I loved Ed like a brother despite what he called "all his rough edges". He was not always easy to work with. Few of us are. I'm gonna miss him.
DN

Daniel Neal

Posted at 10:33pm

Dear Ed,
I’m not sure what to say about your death. You’re leaving puts a great big hole in the world. You were such an influence in the lives of the family into which I married.
You opened up your home when we married and made me feel a part of the family. You and I didn’t always agree in how we saw the world, but we didn’t let it be an issue. We lived different lives with different interests, but we both loved Deb and your family. You were your father’s son and you were made in his image. But you improved on it. You loved your Mom as much as she loved you and helped her live her life as she wanted after your father died. You were a good brother and son.
I’m sorry we’ll never get to talk again. Go to your rest and join those who went before you whom you loved.
Sincerely,
Dan
DN

Debra D Neal

Posted at 02:38pm
Ed; You were Mom’s favorite. We three daughters always knew it. Was it because you were her only son? I don’t know. I just know she is happier in heaven now that you’re with her.
You’ve seen me at my worst (hysterical, thank you for the bourbon} you’ve seen me at my best (when Dan and I got married at your beach house). You’ve given me great advice and also been a pain in my neck.
You’ve told me stories about my family I
had never heard. You taught me things about my home that could have cost me tons without your knowledge.
I’ve seen you cry, moan with pain, struggle to catch your breath. But I remember your laughter, you wicked sense of humor, your quick anger (thank Dad)
But more than any of this, I remember your often repeated love for Donna. Every time she walked away; you told me how wonderful she is, how much you love her, how you would do anything for her like she would for you. Well, she did. She let you go. I know it was hard for her not to convince you to stay. She knew you were tired. And she loved you enough to let you go.
I hope you know how much your kids did for you while you were fading. They showed you a love and respect not often seen in kids nowadays. My gratitude to them!

Hug Mom for me, ok? I love you Brother.
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