Rolling Oaks Funeral Home

400 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, TX


DeWayne Stanley Woodring

10 November, 19314 July, 2020

DeWayne Stanley Woodring

DeWayne Stanley Woodring was the only child of Vera & Stanley Woodring, born on Nov 10, 1931 in Gary, Indiana. Growing up in Gary, DeWayne was Youth Director at the YMCA, in addition to establishing & directing Young People’s Theatre. This is where he met his wife of 63 years, Donna J. Wishart. DeWayne earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, as well as his Masters at Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern. In addition, he was awarded Doctor of Divinity with Salem College and Doctor of Humane Letters with Mount Union College. He began his career as associate minister at First Methodist Church in Eugene, OR. Later his profession carried him to South Dakota, Ohio, Illinois, and a return to his home state of Indiana. Retirement brought him to Texas.

DeWayne’s career included serving as Associate General Secretary with the General Council on Finance & Administration of The United Methodist Church & assisting with the World Methodist Conference. His great pride was building an international meeting planning association, RCMA (Religious Conference Management Association), from 100 members to 2400 at his retirement. In 1994 he received the highest honor in the meetings industry when he was inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders for his distinguished contributions to the field.

He was named by Convention South magazine as one of the 25 persons who have made the greatest impact on the meetings industry in the past 25 years.

DeWayne had a love of travel which he shared with his wife & family. He & Donna led tours all over the world each year, visiting 136 countries on 6 of the 7 continents.

DeWayne is survived by his wife, Donna; daughters, Beth Woodring Carey, Judy Woodring Bigelow and son-in-law, Rick Bigelow; grandsons; Scott Bigelow and Chris Bigelow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a charity in honor of DeWayne: AAMDS (Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation) or a favored charity of your choice.

Due to the present health environment, the ceremony for DeWayne will be a small private family event at this time.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


DeWayne Stanley Woodring

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Joe Goldblatt

16 July 2020

Dear Donna and family,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. What happy and sweet memories I have of this talented man. The meetings and events industry is better day due to his dedication and insight. May you be comforted with sweet memories.


Professor Joe Goldblatt and family
Edinburgh, Scotland

Don DeFeo

16 July 2020

To his family,
OMG...I had the privilege of knowing and working with Dwayne for nearly 40 years!! Starting out in Louisville, KY on two separate tours of duty and then finally in several hotel/CVB capacities in Dallas. He was one of the true marks of our industry...professional and caring. And how he LOVED to negotiate for his RCMA Conventions that were very near and dear to his heart!! We became friends over the years as well, a relationship I cherished. One of our industry pioneers who will be terribly missed!!

Betsy Bair

16 July 2020

Dear Donna and family, my heart goes out to you in this time of loss. DeWayne was a force of nature, and his impact on the religious conference industry was huge. I will always carry fond memories of working with him and you onsite at so many RCMA conventions. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Fondly, Betsy

Kathy Evans

15 July 2020

Dr. Woodring was an inspiration to many in the hospitality industry. He will be remembered with great fondness and admiration.

Prayers for comfort and peace for family and friends.

Kathy Evans

Lety Aguilar

10 July 2020

Some people come into our lives for a short time and leave wonderful caring and inspiring memories that will last a long time. DeWayne is one of them. I loved hearing his stories, his friendly disposition and his smile. We celebrate the life of a great man! Thank you for sharing your life with us. We will miss you.

Phil and Margaret Cook

9 July 2020

We met DeWayne and Donna at the Flower Mound Senior Center.
DeWayne always had a smile and they both were very active in the senior center.
He loved to dance!
We will miss him sooo much!