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R. Paul Swafford


1935 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
R. Paul Swafford Obituary
R. Paul Swafford July 12, 1935 - May 19, 2013 Paul was born to Grady & Ople (Redmon) Swafford on July 12, 1935 in Sanford, Tennessee. Paul passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at his home in Hanford, California with his family at his side where he has lived for the past 12 years. Paul was raised as a child in the "Hills of Tennessee", afterwards as a teenager he and his family relocated to Bakersfield, California, where he spent most of his life. While growing up Paul was active in sports and especially in basketball and baseball. He graduated from East Bakersfield High School in the 1950's. Paul enjoyed bowling, golfing, poker nights with friends, playing and coaching sports for children's teams, but most of all his true passion was playing golf any chance he got... Paul spent his career working in the animal rendering business and retired from Darling International, Inc. in 1999 after 40 years as a Plant Manager. Any time Paul & Betty could travel they would take trips to the Central Coast but one of their favorite trips was an Alaskan Cruise, which they truly loved! Paul was very fond of his dog, Shortstop who he had as a companion for about 15 years. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and two sons; Rick Maltone & Odie VanBrunt. Paul is survived by his beloved wife; Betty Jean (Garrison) Swafford of Hanford, California. Paul is also survived by his loving children; Cheryl & husband Wayne Jordan of Marionville, Missouri, Carol & husband Jack Coughran of Bakersfield, California, daughter-in-law; Moni Maltone of Campbell, California and his stepchildren; Pam & husband Jerry Stevens of Lemoore, California, Lori Thomas and Kirby Thomas both of Hanford, California. Paul will be cherished by his granddaughters; Babette Maltone, Natascha Maltone, Sherrie Patrick, Tracy Adcock, Cynthia Jordan, Michaela VanBrunt, Rachel Herrington, Sarah Colin, Cheri Thomas, Stacey Weeks and Melody Thomas and his grandsons; Henry Burk, Richie Colin, David Colin, JJ Stevens and Lance Thomas. Paul will also be missed by his great-grandchildren; Randy, Hailee, Katy, Jake, Riley, Michael, Nate, Leo, Ethan, Ellaina, Clairessa, Hayli, Gunner, Aubree, Anthony, Devon, Karina, Jessica, Bubba and Wyatt. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at People's Funeral Chapel; 501 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA 93230 559-584-5591 with a Graveside Service on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Hanford Cemetery; 10500 10th Avenue, Hanford, CA 93230 559-584-3937. Family and Friends are invited to view Paul's legacy at www.peoplesfuneralchapel.com and send condolences and flowers to the family. Services are under the direction of People's Funeral Chapel. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 26, 2013
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