Thursday, February 12, 2009

Amanda Mildred Swearingen, 88, of Mt. Washington, Ky., formerly of Exeter, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, in Windsor Gardens Nursing Home, Bardstown, Ky.

She was born July 1, 1920, in Exeter, the daughter of James M. and Grace (Rhea) Sapp. On June 11, 1939, in Exeter, she was united in marriage to Gerald Jack Swearingen, who preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother and three sisters.

Survivors include: one son, Dr. Gerald B. Swearingen and his wife, Marilyn, of Lamar; two daughters, Juanita Sue "Nita" Neal and her husband, Jerry, of Mt. Washington, Ky., and Jacqueline "Jackie" Booth and her husband, Rodney, of Columbus, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

She received her education in Purdy, where she graduated from high school. She spent much of her life in the Exeter area and enjoyed her work there as co-owner of Jack's Market. She sang all over the county at gatherings and served as music director for Exeter First Baptist Church for many years. She became a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cassville before moving to Kentucky in 1999.

Funeral services were held Saturday in First Baptist Church, Exeter, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Dr. Warren Sapp and Rev. Bob Neeley conducted the services. Burial was at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Maplewood Cemetery Association.

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