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Herbert Van "H. V." Swearingen

Herbert Van Swearingen 1931 - 2012, 81, of Jasper, TX., died at his home on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church in Jasper, TX., with a reception following in the Wesley Center. He was born to Herbert Lee and Kathleen Foscue Swearingen on June 4, 1931, in Jasper, TX. and grew up in Newton, TX. A 1948 graduate of the Newton High School, he attended Lamar University and Stephen F. Austin, where he served as a trumpet player in the band. H. V. served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1950 until 1954, during the Korean War, on the USS Carson. Following his service in the US Navy, he became involved in the insurance field, which became his life's career. He owned his own agency, for a number of years, known as the Swearingen-Roane Insurance Company in Jasper, TX. and worked for other companies as well. He was known as a avid hunter and fisherman, as well a knife and gun collector, later in life. Starting in 1955, H.V. joined the Jasper Fire Department and served as Fire Chief in 1966. On June 8, 1956, H.V. married Anna Jim Spidle in Jasper, TX. The family moved to Beaumont from Jasper in 1967, then moved to Humble in 1979, and returned to Jasper in 1989. H.V. is survived by his wife, Anna Swearingen of Jasper, TX; a son, Jim Van and wife, Sandi Swearingen of Fairborn, OH; daughter, Alisa Ann and husband, Louis Lindsey of Jasper, TX; grandchildren, Brandon Musick of Houston, TX., Kira Luckenbill and husband, Erik of West Milton, OH., Kelli Rodin and Dan McGrew of Beavercreek, OH; great grandsons, Casey Rodin, Logan Downs, and Colin Lucken- bill. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Garland Foscue Swearingen. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 329 N. Bowie St., Jasper, TX. 75951 or the Lakes Area Hospice, at 254 Ethel St., Jasper, TX. 75951. Funeral services under direction of Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Crematory in Jasper, TX. Condolences can be posted at: forestoaksofjasper.com.


Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 28, 2012
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