Mr. Forrest Swittenburg, Jr., son of the late Forrest Swittenburg, Sr. and Fannie G. Swittenburg, and husband to the late Daisy Swittenburg, was born on April 28, 1936, in Prosperity, SC. He entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at his residence.
Forrest graduated from Gallman High School, later enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War and served over 2 years. He later served 12 years in The South Carolina Army National Guard. He completed the Electrician/Welding program at Columbia Technical College.
During his years of military services he met and married his beautiful ‘Pudding” and they had three daughters, Patricia, Adrienne and Joyce. During Forrest’s’ time in the army, he had an opportunity to sing in The Billy Graham Crusade Choir. He continued his love for singing throughout his life. He participated on various choirs in the community and at church. He was a lifetime member of Shiloh A.M.E. Church until his health started to decline. Forrest was a member of All Seeing Eye Commandery No 1, Holy Royal Arch Mason No 3, and Omar No. 119, Men of Faith, and The Sons of Allen
Forrest skills as an electrician and welder where landed him a position as a Safety Inspector at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, SC. Forrest then ventured into law enforcement where worked 10 plus years at New berry Dentition Center. He earned and carried the nickname Captain even after his retirement. Forrest would always say treat others the way you want to be treated and you both go far in life. He received many awards during his lifetime. Forrest received THE BENNIE BENNETT AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD by Prosperity Town Council, and Man of the Year from Shiloh A.M.E.
Those who celebrate his life and cherish precious and loving memories include his three daughters: Patricia Ann Swittenburg of the home, Adrienne Swittenburg of the home and Joyce Boatwright (Desmond) of Hopkins, SC; three grandchildren, Imani N. Boatwright, Ashanti J. Boatwright and Desmond N. Boatwright. One sister, Mildred Wise (Moses) and in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Special thanks to the staff of the Newberry County Hospital and the staff of MSA Hospice Agency.
A private funeral service will be held 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will Military honors will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC 29229. Due to current health concerns, the family asks that you wear a mask and observe social distancing requirements.
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