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Obit – Mr. Ray Swicegood

Mr. Ray Swicegood, age 73, died at 11:43 p.m. May 20th with his daughter and son-in-law by his bedside and was pronounced deceased by Avalon Hospice of Lebanon at 12:55 a.m. Friday morning May 21, 2021 at his Horizon Circle home in Carthage.

He suffered from the effects of Agent Orange which he contracted from his military service and his first confirmed diagnoses was June 24, 2013.

Monday afternoon May 24th funeral services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. His pastor Eld. Van Mathis, Bro. Mike Turnipseed and Eld. Rickey Hall officiated at the 1 p.m. services. Burial followed in the Gordonsville Cemetery with military honors and funeral procession escort provided by the Smith County American Legion Post # 57.

Mr. Swicegood was one of six children and was born Carl Ray Swicegood in Lebanon at the former Martha Gaston Hospital on April 25, 1948 and was the son of the late Carl Swicegood and Laura Marie Barnes Swicegood Henson who died at the age of 80 on August 20, 2002.

Four sisters preceded him in death, Faye Swicegood Tidwell, Sue Swicegood Hutchins, Carolyn Louise Swicegood Silcox who died September 4, 2002 at the age of 59, Shirley Elizabeth Swicegood Hindsley who died December 8, 2015 at the age of 74.

Mr. Swicegood proudly served our country with the United States Army during the Vietnam War serving in the war zone for eight months and fifteen days with the 534th Transport Company. He was inducted into the military in Cleveland, Ohio on October 24, 1966 and was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist Fourth Class in Oakland, California on October 10, 1968, making his total service one year, eleven months and seventeen days.

For his unselfish service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

Mr. Swicegood was saved in May of 1990 and was baptized by Eld. R. C. Bennett into full fellowship of the East Carthage Missionary Baptist Church where he remained a loyal and faithful member until his death.

He was a member of the Difficult Masonic Lodge # 451 of Free and Accepted Masons.

Mr. Swicegood was a former over the road truck driver and in 2002 retired from the Dana Corporation in Gordonsville in industrial maintenance.

Coming in third in his life behind his God and his family was his love for fishing, which he did as often as possible while health permitted.

Survivors include his two daughters, Bobbie Swicegood Davis and husband Mark of the Pleasant Shade Community, Tracie Lynn Wright of Carthage; half-brother, Roger Henson and wife Kathy of Phoenix, Arizona; four grandchildren, Amber Shoulders and husband Josh, and Matthew Davis all of the Pleasant Shade Community, Makayla Wright and fiancée Malachi Adams of Nashville, James Wright of Cookeville; great-grandson, Ripp Shoulders; the Mother of his two daughters, Linda Swicegood Stilwell of the Pleasant Shade Community.

The Swicegood family requests memorials to the East Carthage Missionary Baptist Church.