A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, she was a 1947 graduate of Central High School. She was a former president and owner of G.H. Swope Building Corp. and Swope Rentals, former owner of Enchanted Evening Bridal Shop in East Ridge, co-owner of The Wedding Shop and a former employee of Combustion Engineering.
She was a member of Cross Culture Christian Church. She served the Lord faithfully in various church ministries as a soloist and choir member, and also served for several years as hospitality and event planner for the Singles Ministry at Central Baptist Church of Hixson.
She was preceded in death by her son, Garnet Howard Swope Jr.; husband, Garnet Howard Swope Sr.; and her parents, Ernest (Pop) and Grace (Mimmie) Kinser.
She loved the Lord and shared Jesus with everyone she knew and generously supported the Lord’s work throughout her life.
She is survived by her daughters: ZeeVonia (Bobby) Espy, Sebrenia (Mike) Eaves and Nekolia (Phil) Burke; son, Dr. Korbet (Melanie) Swope, all of Chattanooga. She was known affectionately as “Momma B” by her grandchildren: Casey, Tanner and Logan Espy, Hadalie, Hunter and Jordan Eaves, Taylor, Chaffin and Trevor Burke and Kaleb, Noah and Micah Swope.
The funeral will be held Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, with her son, Dr. Korbet Swope officiating.
Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery with Casey Espy, Taylor Burke, Kaleb Swope, Hunter Eaves, Tanner Espy, Trevor Burke, Jordan Eaves and Noah Swope serving as pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Culture Christian Church, in care of 8825 Quail Run Drive, Chattanooga TN 37421.
Visit www.heritaghefh.com to share words of comfort and view the memorial tribute.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 this evening at funeral home.