SALTILLO – The Rev. Joel R. Sweat, 67, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Selmer, Tenn., on Nov. 5, 1946, to Raymond Lee and Louise Gurley Sweat. He was a 1964 graduate of Tupelo High School, a 1969 graduate of Mississippi State and in 1973, he received his Masters of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary. He served churches in Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi as well as managed the family business, Tri-State Wholesale Florist, for several years.
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He enjoyed directing and participating in youth mission trips. A member of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club, he served as a Distinguished President, 2000 - 2001, and also served as Chaplain for several years. He enjoyed collecting diecast model cars, reading, photography, technology and camping. He enjoyed watching westerns and James Bond movies. He especially loved his time with his grandchildren and family.
A celebration of his life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues in Tupelo with Dr. Rick Brooks officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Sweat; three children, Joel R. ""Jay"" Sweat Jr. and Christy Phillips (Kirk), all of Saltillo, and Cary Sweat (Melinda) of Richmond, Va.; three grandchildren, Bailey Phillips, Reece Phillips and Oliver Sweat; and one sister, Deborah Blaylock (Ed) of Guntown.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at W.E. Pegues in Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors
535 West Jefferson Street
Tupelo, MS 38804
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Mar. 20, 2014