John Randall Swofford

May 2, 1951November 25, 2018
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Mr. John Randall Swofford, age 67, of Douglasville, GA passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018. He was born May 2, 1951 in Douglasville, GA. Mr. Swofford proudly served in the National Guard for many years. He retired after many years of teaching with Paulding County School System. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, bee keeping and handloading. John also enjoyed woodworking. His favorite pastime however, was spending time with his family and animals.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Clarence and Floy Swofford.

Surviving him are his daughters, Amanda and husband Jeff Smith as well as Kristie and husband Charley Swecker and grandchildren, Abigail Smith, Grace Smith, Joshua Smith, Jacob Smith, Charlie Swecker and Maya Swecker.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 5 until 8 o’clock pm. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 10 o’clock am in the Rosehaven Chapel. Interment will follow at Pray’s Mill Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Arrangements by: Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246


  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Jeff Rakestraw

November 30, 2018

You were one of my favorite teachers and I learned a lot of real life lessons from you. One of the most is if you don't behave you get punished , that is a lost art these days in school. You will be very missed.

Terry Blackwell

November 30, 2018

I was fortunate enough to meet and get to know Randy the last few years while he worked at APC. He will be missed as a good friend. We had many talks about the educational system and its issues, he was a rare teacher in school and life.

David Locklear

November 30, 2018

Mr. Swofford was one of the best teachers that I had in school .we had lots of good times in class and FFA to will never forget the times we had my prays are with the family we lost a great man will always remember the good times Love ya bosshogg you were a great one

David Matteson

November 28, 2018

On behalf of the Northwest Georgia Retired Agriculture teachers, we would like to express our condolences in the passing of your father Randy. Many of us worked over the years with him in contests, conventions and other events. He will be missed at the Retired Agriculture Teacher meetings.

MW Georgia Retired Vo. Ag. Teachers
David Matteson, President

Ann Rhinehart

November 28, 2018

I have worked with Randy for about 8 years at Auto Parts Co. in Villa Rica. We shared a lot of laughs and I will miss him greatly. I send prayers of comfort for all his family.

Scott Franklin

November 28, 2018

Continued prayers for the family! It was an honor to get to know him and the family.

Russ Strickland

November 27, 2018

I remember Mr. Swofford fondly. He was a wonderful educator. RIP.

Ricky Clemmons

November 27, 2018

I worked with Randy for eighteen years at Paulding County High School. For twelve of those years I served as principal. He was well liked and respected by both the students and the staff. I never asked Randy to accept a new responsibility that he didn't do without a smile and a team attitude. I was blessed to serve with him.

My favorite memories of him are the times that we would share a meal or share stories. He loved to laugh (his laughter was contagious) and he cared deeply about other people. He started the Agri-Science program at PCHS which required him to try new approaches and methods to reach students. I don't believe anyone could have done it better.

In short, Randy Swofford was one of the best people I've ever known. His life has and will continue to have a positive effect on many others.

Peggy Carter Ferguson

November 27, 2018

Mr. Randy Swofford was a great man, a great father and a great friend. I remember well his parents, they taught him to be great. Everywhere he went in life, he left a wonderful memory. I have known him all his life. God has taken a great man home to heaven, his time on earth was served well. He is free from pain but we have lost a great soul. I will miss him so very much.. May God place his arms around his children. His parents are glad he came home at last.

Fred Henry

November 27, 2018

It saddens me to hear that one of the most influential teachers in my life has passed. Mr Swafford taught me not just things that I used in my career but “Life Lessons” that has been used in my daily life. I look back in fond memories of times shared with him in class and the old pole barn and the greenhouses that we kept at PCHS. May god bless him and his family. He will be greatly missed.