Hinton Wooddy Swearingen, 75, died peacefully in his home on Nov. 30, 2012.
He was born on Sept. 21, 1937 in Nevada, Mo., the son of John Wallace Swearingen and Josephine Jackson Swearingen. On Oct. 8, 1960 he married Virginia “Ginger” Stafford who preceded him in death.
Mr. Swearingen graduated from Nevada High School in 1955 then attended the University of Missouri. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1959. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and served as President and as an alumnus served as House Corporation President. He was commissioned by the US Army Reserves 1959 at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. and retired as a Captain in 1964. Mr. and Mrs. Swearingen lived in Nevada, Missouri where he worked with his father and brother in the family owned business, First National Bank of Nevada until 1973. The Swearingens enjoyed restoring their old Victorian home and were members of All Saints Episcopal Church.
Mr. Swearingen moved his family to Sedalia and began working with his father-in-law, Elliot “Sonny” Stafford, at J.A. Lamy Manufacturing and became president in 1991. Later he became president of Elliot Management Services Co. He had great joy in working with his sons, Stafford McKee Swearingen and John Reid Swearingen.
His involvement in Nevada included owner and board member of First National Bank of Nevada, Chairman of the American Red Cross, and memberships in the Stultz Hunting Club and the Nevada Country Club. In Sedalia he was a director of Mercantile Bank, trustee of The Heard Memorial Club House and a member of the Sedalia Country Club. His interests included golf, bird hunting, model train collecting with his grandchildren, genealogy and extensive travel across the globe. He was an avid MU basket ball fan and rarely missed a home MU football game.
Surviving family members are sons Stafford McKee Swearingen and his wife Gena and John Reid Swearingen and his wife Lori of Sedalia. Siblings are David Jackson Swearingen and his wife Susan of Nevada, MO and Margaret Swearingen Mordy and her husband Ronald of Independence, Kan. His grandchildren are Kathleen Elizabeth Ryan, Brenton James Ryan, Glen Reid Swearingen, Sara Linden Swearingen and Stafford Hawkins Swearingen.
The body was cremated. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date in Crown Hill Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, with Father Bill McVey officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7 pm to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Episcopal Church, or Bothwell Foundation Cancer Services Fund in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.
Condolences may be offered online at www.mclaughlinfuneralchapel.com.