Willard “Blackie” Swaney, age 87, of Hot Springs, NC, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Emerald Ridge Care Center in Asheville, NC.
He retired from U.S. Forestry Service, in 1989, after 30 years of service. During his time in the French Broad District, he helped maintain sections of the Appalachian Trail, built three campgrounds, and fought forest fires in North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Idaho, and California. He was born in Madison County September 23, 1932 to the late R.F. and Bonnie Stills Swaney.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ovella Green Swaney, daughter, Shian Lamb, brothers, Clydes and Clifford, sister, Alene Hagan.
He is survived by his sons, Randall (Teresa) Swaney and Delmar Swaney, daughter, Toni (Larry) Patterson, sisters,Mary Webb, Shelby Tino, and Girty Lindall, grandchildren, Randall Swaney, Jr., Tracy Lamb, Kevin Swaney, Cassie Edney, Candie Walters, Marcy Lamb, and Laressa Patterson, thirteen great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:00pm in the Swaney Family Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Warren officiating.
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