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Earnest Swillie
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Obituary for Earnest Swillie

Earnest Swillie, 86, husband of Nina Faye Patten Swillie, died Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Hospice Care of the Piedmont, Hospice House.

Born in Fort Necessity, LA, he was the son of the late Will and Gladys Ford Swillie. Earnest was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War and a retired commercial construction superintendent. A former resident of Baton Rouge, LA, he has made his home in Greenwood since 2005.

Mr. Swillie was a member of Greenwood First Baptist Church and the Carpenter Sunday School Class and was a former member and deacon of Sherwood Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA. He also volunteered with Hospice Care of the Piedmont where he was the recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year” Award in 2014. He enjoyed camping and traveling but most of all, enjoyed spending time with his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 65 years are his two children, Donna Firmin and husband Jim of Greenwood and Will Swillie and wife Megan of Baton Rouge, LA; five grandchildren, Matthew Firmin and wife Nicole of Laurens, SC, Jennifer Firmin of Greenwood, SC, Connor Swillie, Kathryn Swillie and Caroline Swillie, all of Baton Rouge, LA.

Funeral services will be conducted at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Baton Rouge, LA.

The family will receive friends at Blyth Funeral Home in Greenwood on Monday, April 16, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646.

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