He was a native of Pikeville, and lived in Battle Creek, Mich. for 42 years before moving to McMinn County where he spent the last 20 years after his retirement.
He was retired from General Motors after 27 years of service and was a member of Level Park Baptist Church in Battle Creek for many years. He was an avid bowler, and enjoyed keeping a garden and spending time with his large and loving family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Major and Rosa Burdett Swafford; sister, Virginia Harrell; and brothers: Robert, Thomas, Kenneth and James Swafford.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Juanita Swafford; children: Richard Swafford and wife, Loretta, of Athens, Paul Swafford and wife, Lorraine, of Battle Creek, Ronald Swafford and wife, Barbara, of Etowah, Michael Swafford and wife, Tammy, of Cleveland and Mark Swafford and wife, Tammy, of Battle Creek and Tracey Swafford of Etowah; grandchildren: Jeffrey Swafford, Jennifer Swafford, Julia Henderson and husband, Leon, April Carlson, Andrew Waller, Amber Swafford, Megan Swafford, Eric Davis, Amy Swafford, Matthew Swafford, Zach Swafford, Samantha Swafford, Aaron Swafford, Corporal Morgan Smith and fiancee, Brittany, and Catherine Swallows and husband, Chris; brothers: Billy Swafford and wife, Margaret, of Chattanooga and Marvin Swafford of Chattanooga; 31 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home in Etowah with the Rev. Joe Davis officiating.
Interment will follow at Smyrna Cemetery.
A white dove release ceremony will conclude the services.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider contributions to the McMinn Chapter of the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warriors Project.
We invite you to visit the Swafford family guest book and send a message of comfort to www.serenityfunerals.com.