David Swinson

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David Swinson, Jr. 72, of McGregor, passed away Monday, March 28, 2011. Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Church of the Open Door with Pastor Ronnie Holmes officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at Lake Shore Funeral Home at 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at www.LakeShoreFuneralHome.com.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Penny Swinson of McGregor; children, Joan Christian and husband Steve of College Station, Vida McKinney and husband Raymond of Arlington, David Swinson, III and wife Sherri of Waco, Sean Swinson and wife Heather of Whitney, Corey Swinson-Hayes and husband Anthony of Hewitt; 14 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 3 brothers; 8 sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to acknowledge special thanks to the staff at St. Catherine Center for their personal, professional care and to all family and friends for their love and support.

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  1. Chief!! I will miss you so much!! I always looked for you at church and loved just to see you! You always made me smile.. and when you called me smiley it made me laugh.. I love you very much but am very excited for you that you are with Jesus! Ms Penny and family.. My prayers are with you.. I love you guys too!!

  2. David, I was sorry to read that your father passed away. I’m remembering your family in prayer. — Betty R. Crook from St. Mary’s Church.

  3. Beverly Sharp King

    I was so sorry to read of Big Dave’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this difficult time.

  4. Chief Swinson can be best described as a charismatic leader. He accomplished much through his ability to communicate with and motivate people. He certainly could have been an accomplished political leader, but he was very unassuming, humble and caring. At the same time he was an exceptionally gifted entrepreneur with amazing business acumen. He brought a special light to my life. It was a special event to have the opportunity to make a road trip and listen to his philosophy that would be accepted in any university classroom. But most important for me was his deep rooted values and appreciation of life. There is a light that has departed this earth, but through his lessons he lives on in our hearts.

  5. Bobby and Sarah Brem

    We will miss Chief. He has been such a gift to our journey here on this earth. Much love to the Swinson family. Our hope is in Jesus.

  6. Penny,
    I was so sorry to hear about Dave. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Cameron Fillmore

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and yours are in our prayers. I was blessed to give him care in ICU.
    God Bless You In Your Time of Loss

  8. Christopher W. Johnson

    My heartfelt condolences to all of you. Cheif was a great man and a greater friend.

  9. Clint & Debbie Hood
  10. Clint & Debbie Hood

    We are so sorry to hear about Dave, but are happy that he is with our Lord and Savior. We wanted to share this poem with you. May God bless your family with many happy memories! Love, Clint, Deb, Chris & Chase


    If you could see where I have gone,
    The beauty of this place,
    And how it feels to know you

  11. Penny and family, I am praying for God to strength you throught God’s unfailling love.

    Psalm 63

    David Swinson, Jr was and is authentic man of God. We will miss his
    kingly heart filled with love for his faith,family, friends, and foes.
    We will miss his mentoring shoulders and good laughs. Thanks for being an
    outstanding teacher of "Be strong and courageous" in life and living. Thanks for teaching me how man stands tall.

    – Curtis Liggins
    Lancaster, Tx

  12. We are saddened to hear of Cheif’s passing but delighted that he sits before the throne of everlasting grace and is learning the wonderful mysteries of Heaven. Our prayers are with you Penny and you entire family!
    Brian, Dana Broadway & Family

  13. Chief will be missed by all who knew him. He was the best boss I ever worked for. I loved him like an older brother.

  14. Derwin & Wanda Robinson

    Penny & family we are sad to hear of Chief’s passing. We are glad to know he is with Jesus. He was such a blessing to us and so many others @ Church of the Open Door. Our prayers are with you and family. Love, The Robinson’s

  15. My love,prayers and thoughts are with each of you.The pain and suffering is over now for our loved one.He has passed to the Glory Land to make way for each of us someday.
    Dianna Espinosa

  16. Penny,
    I am so sorry to hear about Dave. I know he will be dearly missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Darrell & Evelyn Farney

  17. Penny & Family – you are in my prayers. I have seen David for the past several years at BSF, but never had him in my group until this year. He was such a blessing to us all. Despite his disability, he was focused on a closer relationship with Christ. His witness was an inspiration to our entire group. Although he was already a Christian when I met him, it was a joy to see him continuing to grow in Christ each week. Although selfishly we all will miss him, there is no doubt where he is today.

  18. John & Emilie Brooks

    Penny,Our prayer is for strength and comfort for you and the family. May you rejoice as you remember all the wonderful memories and years you shared together.

  19. Johnny & Mary O'Neal

    Mrs. Penny and family….our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May all of the wonderful memories keep you going. We will miss his greetings every Sunday at church.

  20. kara and joseph thompson

    You always had a hug and a smile for everyone and could always brighten our day..you will be missed…until we meet again friend see ya chief!!

  21. kellie fulbright

    David was a good person to me he always made me smile at church i will miss him so much he was a good person to me i will see him n heaven one day David save a place for me there .. i will always think of u how u made me smile every Sunday at church …. miss u so much
    love Kellie

  22. Mr. Swinson was a Great Man and a Wonderful Friend, he will be missed.I loved him very much. Kelly Painter

  23. Lisa Thompasionas

    My Chief… I miss you so much already… I have so many good memories of you & Penny. I’ll never forget the time we worked at the juvenile center together and one of the guards was flirting with me… You and Penny let the poor man have it…!!! Lol… Thank you so much for protecting and loving me and Victor. My heart hurts for the family…and for myself…But I am comforted in knowing that you are with JESUS and you will save a place for me…!!! I’ll always hold you dear to my heart…I love you and will see you again…!!!

  24. Michael Tusa Family

    Our love,prayers and thoughts are with each of you.The pain and suffering is over now for our loved one. He has passed to the Glory Land to make way for each of us someday. How far do you think they had to search heaven to find Angel wings big enough to fit him?

  25. Your birthday is coming around and I miss you so very much. I long to hear your voice and here you call my name. This world is lonely without you. I am so glad I had the time to spend with you. You are and will always be my number one Daddy Daddy.

  26. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. May you find comfort from the promises made by our loving Father. Psalm 34:18 says he is near to those broken at heart and saves those crushed in spirit. Revlation 21:4 mentions a time when He will wipe all our tears away and death and sorrow and pain will be no more. May these thoughts from the Bible bring you hope.

  27. The Forrest Family

    Penny and Corey, I know this has been a long road for all of you. He was a wonderful man and a super COP!! I will never forget the time you brough soup to Charlie and my son Jonathan was there and said man he is a BIG COP! He was just a small thing back then when we started the video store. Love all of your family. He is at peace.

  28. Victory Way Christian Center

    With our deepest Sympathy and regrets. We are praying for the Swinson Family. We will always remember the times he shared in our membership at Victory Way Christian Center. His brother Bishop James Swinson and sister-in-law Dr. Johnnie M. Swinson Welcome him into our Church family. He was always share inspiration words of encouragement. We will remember is Love that he gave to his family and the congregation. A Saint that has joined the Heavenly Throne.

    Victory Way Christian Center Family

  29. Dave will be truely missed. Penny our prayer are with you and your family at this time. Remember God only picks the best and he saw the best in Dave. He was a good person and loved his family dearly. You have a crown in heaven waiting on you for your devotion to Dave.

  30. So sorry . I miss you Daddy. Your loving son.

  31. I miss you dad. I can still here your voice your chuckle but long to be with you. The world is a cruel place. I love you so much and miss you here. See you soon.

  32. Miss you so much Mepa. I can still hear your voice and can still smell you.. you always smelled SO good.. Its still hard.. You wont be here in the physical to see me graduate, but its okay.. I know you’re looking from above.. I love you so much and will NEVER forget you..

  33. StrawberryHIlls4ever

    Hi Daddy Daddy,
    I miss you so very much. Life here with without you has been so very interesting. I know you would tell me to swim with the Sharks. Well, I feel like I have since you left us. I think about you often and I turn on Take me to the King. I know you had so many questions and they are all answered now. I cannot wait to meet you there but I must first complete my tasks here, but it would be so much much better with you here. Daddy I love you so much. You are and always be my mentor and the best Daddy that ever lived. You are amazing. I remember all of the things that your have taught me over my life and I promise that I will continue to do better better. Mom is doing well she misses you so much. I pray for her daily. I LOVE YOU, my #1.

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