Thomas Burton Swift Age: 89, May 22, 1949 - September 20, 2015

SWIFT, Thomas Burton:  Family edition:     
   Sergeant Thomas Burton Swift 89, passed away at his home in Boone on Sunday September 20, 2015.
 Burt Swift, as he was affectionately known, was born May the 22, 1926. An Electrician by trade, he and his uncles helped bring electricity to Boone. He was a WWII veteran who fought from Paris to Czechoslovakia. Mr. Swift received the purple heart and bronze star for this service.
    He was preceded in death by his Great Grandfather Dr. Jordan Bare J.B. Phillips, his Grandparents Martha & Enoch Swift, his parents Clark & Maggie Phillips Swift, and his Uncles--Don, Scott, Dave, Wiley, Bob, and Max Swift. Mr. Swift is survived by his wife Emily McGuire Swift of the home, sister Sarah Swift Arnette of the Clark Swift Road in the Phillips Branch community, Cove Creek, daughters Kay Swift Edwards & Erma Swift Staton of Marion NC, one son Rocky Swift and wife Tianshu of Boone NC, Lucille Teague of Boone, Melba Ashley of Boone, Elizabeth Gail Ward Slagle of Elizabethton TN, CS Skip Hicks of Washington State, & one daughter deceased Melissa Lisa Mae Furches of Elizabethton TN. He is also survived by his special niece Hilda Arnette Greer & Tommy of Cove Creek, and special great nephews Brandon & Justin Greer and their respective families all of Cove Creek. 19 Grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren also survive.
    Funeral Services for Thomas Burton Swift will be Monday, September 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends Monday, September 28th from 4:00 until 6:00 pm at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
    Online condolences may be shared with the family at
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Swift family.

Posted on Austin & Barnes Funeral Home website: September 21, 2015

email from Rocky Swift:


Please let everyone know that I was sorry to miss the VA open.  My father passed away in the early morning hours last night, and to my horror I found him early this morning.  I thought dad was still sleeping, but his heart had given out sometime in the night.  My father was one of the greatest men I've ever known, and he was my hero.  Not only was he a WWII vet, but he worked hard to support his family all his life.  I've been shaken to the core, and the emotion hits me in waves.  Thankfully, I've had lots of support from my family and friends....tomorrow will be busy with funeral arrangements.  I had the dismaying task of calling and informing everyone, and fresh pain flared up in my heart every time a sister or brother broke into tears.  Dad worked several jobs so that I could go to college, and he believed in me even when I lost faith in myself.  His generation was indeed the greatest generation in this nations history.  I will miss him, but I am so grateful that he has a long life, and that I have many memories with him.  More time is all I wish I'd had....but I cannot help but admit that he was not only the best father, but also the best mentor and role model a son could have. 

Best wishes to all, and may God bless us everyone,


email to NC Checker Association Members:

NC Checker Players, We are sadden to hear about Rocky Swift's Dad, Burt Swift who died Saturday, September 20th. We send Rocky & Family our deepest sympathy and prayers.  Rocky is one of our newest players who attended our NC State Open in May. 

I'm forwarding an email from Rocky Swift and his Dad's Obituary Link ...

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