OBITUARY

Harry F Swiggard Jr.

June 27, 1936May 2, 2014
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Harry Francis Swiggard Jr. , 77, born to Katherine Viola Weirsmith and Harry Francis Swiggard Sr. on June 28, 1936 in Memphis, Tn passed away unexpectedly on May 2, 2014. He is survived by his wife Ruby Nell, his sister Valerie Swiggard Robinson, and his three children, Hal Swiggard, Terri Swiggard Rodriguez and her husband Agustin, and Scott Swiggard and his wife Karen, and his step children on the Willis side, Leonard and his wife Mary, Willie, Jr. and his wife Lawana, Brenda, and Peggy and her husband Perry. Fran was very blessed with 26 grandkids, 24 great-grands and 1 great-great grand. Fran had many jobs throughout his life, from being a son, a brother, a husband and a father. His jobs also included building the first computers, race car driving, electrical engineering, to his last job of building prisons, with many jobs in between. The one he took most seriously was his role in the family. He took great pride in what he did, and set a great example of integrity throughout his life. He may not have been a man of many words, but the ones he shared were always important. He always supported his family with the wisdom he possessed, and walked us through life to make better decisions using his knowledge and experience freely. Lastly, he was a man who loved the outdoors and felt it was through nature that he became closer to God. The family thanks God for him in our lives. Arrangements under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, May 8, 2014
REMEMBERING

Harry F Swiggard Jr.

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Peggy Willis

August 17, 2014

Will pop just leaving a note to say I have had a hard week, missing you seeing old emails from you I read over and over. You have been in my life for 30 years and I miss you a lot..love you always

June 15, 2014

Fran and I grew up in Huntington WV were classmates until Fran moved to
FL. He lived in a log house out of town an was the site of boyhood fun for so
many years. We visited each other the end of our Senior year. Reconnected
in 2012 by 'e' mail, enjoyed the friendship all over again. Good by ol' pal I'll miss you. Johnny Kearney San Gabriel Ca.

Linda Hensley

May 22, 2014

I am so sorry and I will keep you in my prayers Aunt Ruby Nell. I Love You!

Terri Rodriguez

May 12, 2014

Dad Just being Dad

As a little girl, age 6, my training began,
The journey to self-reliance, as he took me by the hand.

I'll teach you all you need to know, that was dad just being dad,
Little did I know back then, his wisdom would one day make me glad.

Of the person me molded me to be, with the skills I now possess,
In large part, with him just being dad, my character grew, I must confess.

But know it was not me alone, who profited from his wealth,
He had a calming way about him, that lead us all to better health.

In times of trouble, Dad was always there,
To both lead and guide us, he was prepared.

The teaching moments he walked us through,
As inexperienced children both old and new.

That says a lot about the man, that was dad just being dad,
He now is gone from this earth, but know we can't be sad.

He went to meet our maker, of this I know is true,
The wisdom he shared was his legacy, Dad, we bid you fond adieu!

Written about my Daddy by his little girl!

Ken Bleam

May 8, 2014

Gods Peace be with Fran and all his family.

May 8, 2014

Love peace and kindness to all of the Swiggard family. Rest in peace Uncle Fran. With love Mel and family

Hannah Swiggard

May 8, 2014

You will forever be in my heart. Rest in Peace Grandpa Fran. We love you and will miss you dearly.

Kristin Moore

May 8, 2014

I remember Grandpa Fran coming to visit us in North Carolina and spending time with him outside sitting on the tailgate of his little yellow truck. Quiet man, but wise and loving. He gave great hugs whenever I got to see him. I remember the twinkle in his eye and his quiet chuckle whenever he found something amusing. I'll miss him and miss the opportunity to get to know him better. But there will be another time for that and one day I'll have that chance.

Megan L

May 8, 2014

My thoughts and prayers go out to the rest of the grieving family and friends. Grandpa Fran will be missed.

Scott Swiggard

May 8, 2014

The passing of Fran, a: father to me, a grandfather, husband, family member, and friend to many. I would not say to you that everything is all right. Because it's not and you know it. You hurt, I hurt, we hurt. And we know it will hurt for a long time. God made us so that we can have relationships with one another and when that relationship is lost we feel the pain. You have lost a loved one - and it hurts.

Dad was clear in his wishes for this time we experience in the time of traditional memorial service…in that, he didn't want one…I don't think he really thought through how that affects others. But let me tell you what he really meant…"I don't want anyone fussing when I'm gone". So we will call this time a memorial and not a service and we won't fuss, because that's really his wish.

With that being clear…I really would like to speak a word of comfort . It comes from John 14:1-6, in that;

Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am there you may be also. And you know the way I am going. Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth and the life; no on comes to the Father, but through Me.

From this passage of scripture I find three thoughts of comfort.

The first is that peace is promised. Notice the words “Let not you heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me”. Yes, I know we are in a day of sadness - a day of grief, a day of mourning, yet even in the midst of this you can have peace. Why? Because we have faith - we believe. We believe that even in the midst of the storm - even in the valley of the shadow of death there can be a peace that passes all understanding …because we know that God is with us. The 23rd Psalm provides this comfort as well. “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” He is here. He is present. Believe in Him - Trust in Him and God will grant you his perfect peace.

The second thought of comfort is that God has prepared a place for us. Did you notice that in John 14, it says; “I go to prepare a place for you.” Scripture tells us that in six days God created the heavens the earth, but a greater thought, Jesus has been preparing a place for us and He has been doing that for two thousand years. What a place that must be. The verse tells us that it is The Father's house and that there are many rooms. A room for Fran, a room for you - a room for me. Isn't that a comforting thought? God has prepared a place for us.

The next thought of comfort is that God has prepared a way for us to get there. Everyone wants to go to heaven, some just don't know the way. But Jesus tells us in John 14 that, “I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” We are all travelers on a road called life. There are many detours and many side streets. We don't need to be confused - we don't need to be lost Or stay lost. All we need to do is follow Jesus. He will show us the way - in fact He is the way. He will lead us and He will guide us. That's comforting!


I have peace and comfort in knowing I will not see Fran but for a season….I pray that you do too!