OBITUARY

Stephen Herbert Sweat

December 12, 1949April 17, 2021

Stephen Herbert Sweat, 71, passed away Saturday, the 17th of April 2021 while resting in his home in White Oak, GA.

Steve Sweat was born the 12th of December 1949 in Waycross, Georgia to the late Herbert Hoover Sweat and the late Frances Crews Tanner. Mr. Sweat graduated from Waycross High School in 1968 and went on to become a 1972 graduate of Georgia Southern University where he earned a degree in fashion merchandising. While at Georgia Southern he was a charter member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He spent his entire career in sales working in the apparel business for Wrangler, Manhattan, Oxford Industries, and SML. His work took him across the United States and ultimately the entire world. He and his beloved wife moved from the place where they met and married - Saint Simons Island, GA to Atlanta, GA where they spent nearly 40 years raising their family. They were members of Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, where Steve served on the Board of Ushers.

In addition to Mr. Sweat’s parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Marilyn Brown Sweat of Jesup, GA.

After the passing of his wife, Mr. Sweat retired back down to the beautiful Golden Isles.

Survivors include Mr. Sweat’s children: Ashley Sweat of Cumming, GA; Chris Sweat of White Oak, GA; and Stephanie Sweat of Athens, GA; grandchildren: Tanner Sweat and Grayson Sweat. He leaves behind sisters Kay Currie of Darien, GA; Freda Smith (Bill) of Savannah, GA; and Nancy Williams of Kingsland, GA; and brothers-in-law Vince Brown (Ramona) of Palm Coast, FL; Pat Brown (Jane) of Kingsland, GA; and Robert Brown (Karin) of Kingsland, GA. Steve leaves many cousins, nieces and nephews and close friends, including his special brother/cousin Jim Crews of Snellville, GA.

A casual celebration of Mr. Sweat’s life is to be held between 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, the 24th of April 2021 at Gascoigne Bluff Park near the Pavilion, 1000 Arthur J. Moore Dr. on Saint Simon’s Island, GA. All family and friends are welcome to attend this gathering.

A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, the 2nd of May 2021 at Peachtree Memorial Park in Norcross, GA.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home and Oglethorpe Crematorium in Brunswick, Georgia. www.edomillerandsons.cop

Services

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, May 2, 2021

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Joelle Farrell

April 27, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Steve’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Steve and also Marilyn at SML. Always smiling, always ready to make us laugh. He was our very own Santa 🎅🏻 Claus. He loved when we had our big Christmas Parties. Loved traveling around the world. One of the best and will truly be missed as he touched so many lives. RIP Steve.

LaMae Williams

April 22, 2021

Steve enjoyed life, loved his family and friends. He was the true Southern gentleman with good manners and encouraging words. Waycross High School Class of 1968 was enriched with his life and have positive memories. May his family’s memories keep their hearts warm. RIP..

Elaine (Godbolt) Bailey

April 21, 2021

Steve and I were neighbors growing up. I used to babysit the younger girls from time to time. His mom and mine were good friends. I want to say to his family that I am sorry for your loss. Praying God's blessings in the time ahead.

Jeff Fitzpatrick

April 20, 2021

My dear friend for 53 years. My goodness it’s been one hell of a party ! So many wonderful memories of one of the finest men I’ve ever known, a real character. You will be missed dearly buddy, but never , ever , forgotten.

David Crawford

April 20, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. We always enjoyed serving on Usher duty at AFUMC with Steve and Marilyn. Steve kept things fun and always brought us laughter and cheer each Sunday. He will be missed dearly.

Jack Ingalls

April 19, 2021

So sad to hear of Steve’s passing. He was such a great guy & lived his life to the fullest. Prayers to his family .... I’m sure you have so many wonderful memories of your Dad....he will be missed by all that knew him.

Durward Ware

April 19, 2021

One of the best friends have ever had!

Sharon Vickers

April 19, 2021

Remembering the high school years and Steve, it seems he was always a happy person, upbeat and enjoying life! I know you will miss him dearly; I am so sorry for your loss.

Joe Brewer

April 19, 2021

My very best childhood buddy has joined his beloved Marilyn in heaven.
His children he loved dearly and let them know they could achieve anything. He was so so proud of them.
Steve took energy from humble origins. We grew up in the tough side of town. He loved life and was a loyal friend. He was smart, brash and self confident.
We had so many adventures as kids. We chopped and rode down trees. Rode our bikes over fill dirt for the clay roads, through canals and over slumbering alligators on Swamp Road. We crawled through street pipes, dug caves, caught crawdads, trapped robins, made slings and tormented bats, had bb gun wars and flew kites we made out of newspaper in the railroad hospital field.
We worked as batboys and got cracked bats to play with from the Waycross Bears, a Braves farm team.
We lived football and baseball and played a little basketball and tennis for a break. I remember from whom he received his first kiss and so many child romances thereafter, culminating when at the Saturday morning movies, the boys finally moved to sit with the girls rather than on the row behind them.
We drifted apart in High School. Different circles. But remained as brothers. He would drop in on me in Athens from Statesboro occasionally, and we had some contact when he worked in Greensboro, NC, but we really reconnected a few years ago. We golfed and discussed the finer points of food and drink. I even got him to try yoga.
He loved his return to South Georgia and encouraged me to move down. We played golf and fished a little late in life, but mainly we talked. We could talk about anything. I loved him. He was my brother and will always be on my shoulder as he was in our midget football pic.

Phillip Mays

April 19, 2021

Condolences to Steve's children, grandchildren and family. He was a good friend and fraternity brother of mine when we attended GSC together. We shared some really good times back then and I will always cherish those memories.

I know Steve rests in the arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Miss you, Brother,
YITB, #2

FROM THE FAMILY