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July 19, 2018

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January 6, 2018
To the Family of Alvin Swiney:

I am deeply saddened by the loss that you have encountered. My condolences. Mr. Swiney was truly a good-hearted, kind, and caring person. Alvin pretty much saved my life less than a year before his passing. I owe him a great debt of gratitude. I will miss the gentleman that made a major impact on my life. THANK YOU Alvin!
December 16, 2017
I attended Greater Open Door MB Church with Alvin and he as well as a few family members served on the #2 Usher Board together! Alvin was such a cut up, but so from the heart....I'm just getting to express my condolences for my buddy. Sleep on Alvin and RIH~
December 7, 2017
Alvin Louis Swiney was a very special friend in a very special way. He was not one of my students. I was the Lincoln Band Director and he was a Scrapper who attended Longview before Southside. We met through
some of my Lincoln students via Email and Facebook. And though he wasn't a part of the Lincoln Experience he acted as if he was. So I just "adopted" him along with all my other Lincoln "Chillen" and we continued a long-running correspondence where he kept me up-to-date via the Tri-State Defender on what was happening in the Memphis School System and citywide news as well. He also sent me several Tennessee State Yearbooks and some history books for my personal library, including an insightful one on Boss Crump.

Alvin was aware that I was planning to visit Memphis during Thanksgiving week and he was looking forward to us finally meeting. So was I. However I guess God had other plans.

Alvin was an unusual person who was ahead of his time in many ways. He was well respected nationwide for his knowledge and
expertise on the construction and care of reeds and woodwind instruments. Southside should be proud for having had a part in his professional and personal development.
Memphis could use a few more Alvin Swineys.

-Paul Meacham, Las Vegas, Nevada
November 22, 2017
Met Alvin in the cafeteria at Longview Jr. High, 7th grade. We stayed in touch no matter what city we resided in. I use to tell Alvin to take a breath, his stories were long! Ill miss him.