James Paul Swadley
August 23, 1928 - March 7, 2021
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Rev. James Paul Swadley, affectionately known as Swad, was born in Springfield, August 23, 1928 to Rev. Lynn V. Swadley and Jestina (Little) Swadley. After attending many different rural schools, he graduated from Rogersville High School in 1946. He attended Southwest Baptist University and received his BA from Missouri State in 1958. He later earned…

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Ken W Fredrick left a message on March 14, 2021:
>>>>Paul was a great preacher. I heard him several times when he filled in at Forest Park in Joplin, Ken: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on7VPe_SG7s When viewing the link to this song, click on CC in bottom right hand corner as the song is in Russian (Heaven is My Home).
Alta Naomi Patterson left a message on March 13, 2021:
I asked him one day how he could be so happy all the time. He said, "It's who I work for!" With his words and actions he taught us all that Jesus came to give life more abundantly. I know his lord will comfort his family and friends. See you in glory, Swad.
Anita Gustaveson left a message on March 13, 2021:
God Bless this family! I knew Paul many years ago and he was the best!! Rip mr Paul
Kristi Brannen left a message on March 10, 2021:
It was a beautiful celebration service. Oh the memories. I can't quit crying as I remember. Your family came when I was in middle school. Betty was my Sunday School teacher. Swad picked me up every Easter morning and took me to the Sunrise service and breakfast. My rehearsal dinner was in your home. Swad married us. Swad preached the gospel and loved people. Mom, Dad, and Sis would have been there today but instead they greeted Swad in glory - over the Jordan. Bless you all! Until then . . .
John and Kathy Youngblood left a message on March 10, 2021:
My mom and dad, Jim and Lydia Youngblood, were cousins with both Swad and Betty and grew up together in Springfield. I was named after Betty's dad. Kathy and I got to know Swad and Betty only for a few years after my parents passed away. It was a pleasure getting to know them and it saddens us deeply of Swad's passing.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Maria C Curry left a message on March 10, 2021:
Godspeed - lots of good memories 💙👍🎶
Kim Carey left a message on March 10, 2021:
My prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss.
Russell Martin left a message on March 10, 2021:
Paul Swadley was a great friend, advocate, and supporter of Missouri Baptist Children's Home, He cared deeply for our ministries and devoted countless hours of his time in promoting our work. He served as chairman of our board and served as auctioneer for many years at our festivals to sell quilts and crafts to raise funds for our operations. He always coaxed people to bid more as it was for the children. He would often tease the crowd when a quilt was not being bid on that we would just take the quilt to another festival where people cared more about children. People loved him. On a personal note, Paul took me to my first (and only) world series game in 1982. He was a great friend and a source of encouragement. Thank you to his family for sharing him with us.
Brian Craig left a message on March 9, 2021:
Paul was one of the most significant influences in my life. He came to South Haven when I was an adolescent and his commitment to seeing the youth of our church grow as followers of Jesus profoundly shaped my faith. He cultivated our ministry gifts, encouraged us to be who we were meant to be, and showed the joy and laughter that are at the centre of a life of faith. I am truly grateful for his life.
Bobbie Jo Cranford left a message on March 9, 2021:
I have great memories serving on staff with Swad! Prayers for Betty, John, & Mark and family as you celebrate his life. I see him leading the heavenly choir in Blessed Assurance!
Charlotte Payne Folsom left a message on March 9, 2021:
I enjoyed this man more than any other preacher we had at Richland Baptist. Rest in Peace, Preacher Swadley.
Kraig Day left a message on March 9, 2021:
Swad’s gone to heaven! He was like many others, a second father to me! I loved him as a child, youth, adult, and a friend! He could relate to any group of people, whether public, church,, or school and offend each equally! Honestly he taught me so many things in a way no one else could! Most of all for marrying my wife Katy and me almost 40 years ago! Aithough he didn’t pass away in a style that he had hoped, being shot by a jealous husband, I know God is having him leading his favorite song Oh how I love JESUS. Some day we all can sing it with Swad and the Angels! God Bless You Swad!
jeanie l trunkenbolz left a message on March 9, 2021:
Rev Swadley officiated at my grandparents funerals. When they had to move into town he always came to their house and visited with them even though they were members of another Church. They enjoyed his visits and prayers. With deepest heartfelt sympathy. Jeanie Trunkenbolz Class of 1965 Richland High School, Richland, MO
Jeff Rowe left a message on March 8, 2021:
We have all been blessed.
Mary warden left a message on March 8, 2021:
My prayers are with you all. We know he’s in a better place 🙏😇🙏😇
David Harpool left a message on March 8, 2021:
I loved him as a second father. He was the single most important influence in my life. My life now and in eternity was changed forever by him. He is everything I wanted and have tried to be as a person. See you in Heaven Swad. David Harpool
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