Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ronnie Dean Swadley, 66, of Purdy, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

He was born March 20, 1945, in Verona, the son of Earl and Aquilla (Johnson) Swadley. On Oct. 15, 1966, he was united in marriage to Carol Knowles, and she survives.

He owned and operated Ronnie Swadley Construction. He attended Purdy High School and Chapel of Grace church.

Survivors include: one son, Jeff Swadley, of Purdy; one daughter, Shelley Henderson, of Purdy; two sisters, Freda Mann, of Independence, and Juanita Thomas, of Purdy; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons, Michael and Dean; and two brothers, Junior and Elza (Red).

Funeral services were held April 11 at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett, with Rev. Jimmy Copley officiating. Burial was at Kings Prairie Cemetery, Monett.