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Obit – Mr. Kenny Swann

Mr. Kenny Swann, a resident of Lebanon and Smith County native, passed away at 7:55 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26 at TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage due to complications from a stroke suffered on December 22. He was 66.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Swann was conducted on Friday December 29th at 11 a.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Steven Myers, Susan Rittenberry Myers and Rachel Swann Potter delivered eulogies. Interment followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.

He was born Kenny Joe Swann on January 17, 1957 in Carthage, he was the youngest son of the late Billy James Swann who died at the age of 70 on June 8, 1995 and Norma Joyce Shepherd Swann who died at the age of 76 on August 23, 2003. 

Raised in the Friendship Hollow of the Defeated Creek Community, he attended Defeated Elementary School. He later graduated from Smith County High School in 1975 where he majored in Science and Agriculture. 

Mr. Swann began working at the William L. Bonnell Co. in Gordonsville in 1979 and had been employed there for 44 years at the time of his death. All of those years, short of a few months, were in the anodizing department.  

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a niece Sheryl Kaye Swann who died at birth on December 17, 1970, a nephew Daniel Jeffrey Swann who died at the age of one day on August 20, 1971 and a brother in law, Jerry Rittenberry who died June 27, 2016 at the age of 68.

Kenny delighted in being with his family and attending the many events of his nieces and nephews and after they became parents – his great grand nieces and nephews.  

An avid basketball fan, he was a season ticket holder for the Vanderbilt Lady Commodores basketball team for many years. 

Kenny loved to travel and enjoyed spending his vacations at the Florida beaches. 

Kenny loved all people and never met a stranger.  

In addition to his family, he leaves many friends who mourn his passing.

Survivors include his brother and sister in law, Jimmy and Pam Givens Swann of Gordonsville, sister Sheena Swann Rittenberry of Gordonsville; niece Rachel Swann Potter and husband Bob of Brentwood; niece Susan Rittenberry Myers and husband Brandon of Elmwood; nephew Kevin Rittenberry and wife Rachel Smith Rittenberry of Gordonsville; great grand nieces, Grace Potter, Avery Myers, and Adley Myers; great grand-nephews: Jackson Potter, and James Rittenberry.


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