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George Swoveland

Posted By Carrie Franklin On April 30, 2018 @ 8:49 am In Obituaries | 9 Comments

George Swoveland, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on April 23rd, 2018. He was surrounded by loved ones. Born May 7th, 1931, to Will and Charlotte Swoveland, he was one of seven children (George, William, Merlin, Carol, Duane, Sharon, and Kathie). He was born in Mishawaka, IN and moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1990, after retiring from CIGNA.

George has dedicated his life to walking God’s path and leading others to know the Lord. A member of the Southern Baptist community his entire life, he became a deacon early on and has helped start many churches. He has been very active in the local church leading Bible studies and helping to minister to others.

He met his wife, Nell Kennedy, in San Benito, Texas, and they married April 7th, 1951. George served his country in the Air Force during the Korean war. They were married 67 years and had four daughters.

Family has always been important to George, and he attended all his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s school events. Sunday dinners, holidays, and birthdays were special times.

George is survived by his wife Nell, their children Cynthia Coleman and Ernest Coleman, Debra Swoveland, Lori Swoveland, and Leslie Smith and Roy Smith. George’s legacy will also live on in his ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

A service will be held for George at their local church:

First Southern Baptist Church
16022 N 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Sunday May 6th, at 12:30

Any flowers or condolences can be sent to:
Nell Swoveland
c/o LifeStream
13617 N 55th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85304

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Condolence from Duane and Lynda Swoveland on April 30th, 2018 10:47 am

We are so thankful we were privileged to spend a week with George and Nell the last of March of 2018. It was a wonderful week of love, laughter, recalling fond memories and spending time with family. All of you are so special to your Uncle Duane and myself and we love you very much. May God bless each of you as you are comforted by beautiful memories of your life spent with George.

We love you and are looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend. May God bless and uplift and strengthen you as you grieve the loss of this special man: Duane’s brother and my brother-in-law. We loved him very much and he has left a wonderful legacy through each of you.

Our love and blessings,
Aunt Lynda and Uncle Duane

Condolence from Duane and Lynda Swoveland on April 30th, 2018 10:51 am

We were blessed to have spent a fun week with George and Nell March 27, 2018 and with all of you. It was a time of love, laughter and recalling fun memories of our lives together. We are so grateful that we got to come out and spend this precious time with all of you.

The entire family is in our prayers and we pray that you will be comforted by beautiful memories shared with George.

God was there to meet him when he got to heaven and I know he is rejoicing now with all his loved ones who have gone on to heaven.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend when we come out for the celebration of his life! May God bless each of you in the days to come. We love you all and you are so special to us!
Our love and prayers,
Aunt Lynda and Uncle Duane

Condolence from Mary Swoveland on April 30th, 2018 11:55 am

My deepest condolences, Uncle George was one if a kind. I was so blessed to have such a loving uncle in my life and giving me the greatest cousins and Aunt in my life. The memories will last a lifetime. I luv you all

Condolence from Billie Floyd on April 30th, 2018 5:45 pm

My dearest sweet Uncle George I know you are living a blessing with God and our loved ones. Give grandma and dad a hug for me. I love you so and always enjoyed my visits to AZ with y’all. Thank you for always being such a gentle man and a great example. God blessed our family with you in it. You are a anchor in this family. Aunt Nell, Girls you I love you all. My heart my prayers go out to you. I love you all❤️ your Neice and cousin Billie and Paul Floyd

Condolence from Terry JoAnn swoveland on May 1st, 2018 4:48 am

George was one of the best man our family new,kindest loving to all he met .We loved him so much.He will Rest In Peace. He will always be in are hearts and minds
So very sorry for your loss . We love you to aunt Nell

Condolence from Tammy Baggett on May 1st, 2018 1:15 pm

To my sweet Arizona family…. I am so sorry for the loss of uncle George. What a wonderful man. We didn’t get to see each other as much as I would have like to but when we did, we made the most of it. Part of the special place he has always had in my heart is how much he is like my dad. From their hair, smile, hands, their love of the Lord, their love of family. And of course the infamous “LOOK” when we were in trouble. You girls know what I’m talking about.
May God comfort you all in this time of loss. I love you all. I”m sorry I’m not able to get their as I’m still ill.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you all.
Tammy and Rick and family

Condolence from Pinkie on May 4th, 2018 9:15 am

We were honored to have George and Nell in our 15th wedding anniversary celebration, George was the best man. We will miss him very very much, we also helped him out his car light in, then we had hotdogs for dinner that day. Love you George. SIP

Love Pinkie & Gemini Alves

Condolence from Annette Lecher on May 4th, 2018 11:46 am

George, you and Nell are special people. Your teaching at Bible Study and your love of the Lord will always stay with me. I know Jesus welcomed you with open arms to your new home. I love you Nell and my prayers and love are with you.

Condolence from Linda Zunker on August 1st, 2018 12:21 pm

Dear Nell, don’t know if you will remember me. Your sweet family went to church with us at Dellview Baptist in San Antonio. I came with Joyce and Nancy Boston and Granny on a trip and we stopped and visited y’all in Abington Pennsylvania over 50 years ago.
My deepest sympathy to you and your girls in the loss of George. I also worked with him for a while at INA. My prayers go out for your peace and comfort.
Linda Hagan Zunker

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