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Jacob McArthur Sweat

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SWEAT Jacob McArthur Sweat, 28, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at his home in Orange Park, Florida. He was fondly known as "Cup" by his family. Jacob was born July 24, 1980 in St. Augustine, Florida. From a young age, he had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed camping with his family and Boy Scout Troop 434. Attending the National Jamboree in Philmont, NM was a highlight of his scouting years. Some of his favorite childhood activities were baseball, soccer, surfing, and tennis. He played trumpet in the marching band at Orange Park High School where he graduated in 1998. After graduation, he entered the military service with the Florida Air National Guard where he served as a Bioenvironmental Engineer and was awarded the Air Force Training Ribbon. In 2004, he enlisted in the United States Army where he trained and served as a Combat Medic in Ft. Lewis, Washington. While stationed at Ft. Lewis, he met and married, Lisa Anne McGrath on October 16, 2006. Shortly after their marriage, he was deployed to Iraq where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, and Overseas Service Bar. After returning home from Iraq, Jacob and Lisa enjoyed snowboarding, hiking, and camping in the Pacific Northwest. Upon completion of military service, Jacob returned home to Florida. Jacob was predeceased by father, Joe "Mac" McArthur Sweat, paternal grandparents, Joe L. and Elizabeth Tapley Sweat and uncle, Ronald L. Sweat. Survivors include, wife, Lisa McGrath Sweat, mother, Donna Hicks Sweat, maternal grandparents, Jesse Chulton and Betty J. Hicks, Jr., brother, Caleb Chulton (Stephanie) Sweat, uncles and aunts, Terry (Dave) Perrigo, Brenda (Tim) Robertson, Jenny (Dave) Pettigrew, Rev. J. Marvin (Ginny) Sweat, Vicki Sweat, first cousins, Kimberly, Amy, Allison, Jason, Amanda, Michelle, David, Laura, Michael, father-in-law, Randy (Angie) Thompson, mother-in-law, Marie (Walt) Edwards, sisters-in-law, Anita Thompson, Colleen Thompson. He was a much loved uncle by Benjamin, Emily, Jordan, and Anthony. Jacob will be dearly missed by those who love him. Pallbearers include, Caleb Sweat, Jason Sweat, Michael Hunter, Joey Davis, Josh Volpe, Chris King, Paul Quisenberry, Jon Kidder, David Perrigo, and Doug Hood. Family will receive friends on Friday, November, 21, 2008 from 6-8pm at Orange Park United Methodist Church, 2051 Park Avenue, Orange Park. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2008, 11:00am at Orange Park United Methodist Church with Pastor Pearl Boles officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Army Emergency Relief Fund, 200 Stovall St. Alexandria, VA 22332 or at www.aerhq.org in Jacob's honor, or Orange Park United Methodist Church, 152 Stowe Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073. Arrangements are under the care and direction of GIDDENS-REED FUNERAL HOME, 270 U.S. Highway 301 North, Baldwin (904-387-0055). Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21, 2008
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