Willie Swint Jr. (1969 - 2019)

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On September 24, 1969 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky an unforgettable child made his appearance to the world. Mr. Willie C. Swint, Jr, a.k.a. "Junior" to family, was born to first time proud and blessed parents, Ruthie Mae Swint and Willie C. Swint Sr. He would be the eldest of four siblings/ Junior was raised in six states and two countries, as additions to the family were added with his brothers Anthony and Phillip, and lastly his sister Nikki. He was the artist of the family and his love and talent for art would soon be discovered as he began to draw around the age of 2 years. After graduating from Bradwell Institute with the class of 1987, Willie went on to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to pursue a degree in Fashion Design. Although he never stopped being an artist at heart, after two years of SCAD, Junior had a change of plans. He decided to take a break from college and join the employment world. Willie (Junior) would later join the medical profession as a surgery tech working for St. Joseph's, Candler, and Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia where he met many people who would later become a major part of his life. He later would end his career as a surgery technician working at Optim Orthopedics in Savannah. Willie had a sense of humor since childhood. From playing practical jokes involving ghosts, to scaring co-workers and even patients just for fun. He enjoyed making people laugh, regardless of how terrified they may have been. He had a love for horror films and made mockery of how unrealistic most of the films would appear. This would be a catalyst for his creative hoaxing. He once convinced his aunt Tara that there was a man in town that was beheading individuals and that she needed to be on the lookout when visiting. Why people fell for so many of his pranks is beyond comprehension. But nonetheless, laughter was the result of Willie's interactions. In 1993, Willie met his best friend and lifetime partner, Thomas "Tom" Tolbert. They would reside in Savannah with their two Doberman dogs Thore and Zenna, and Tabu their orange tabby cat. Willie enjoyed walking his dogs, cooking gourmet meals likes shrimp and steak with Thai peanut sauce, and spending Friday nights watching hours of "The Golden Girls." He was preceded in death by his partner, Tom Tolbert. He leaves behind to brave this world the following individuals: his mother Ruthie M. Swint and father Rev. Willie C. Swint Sr. of Hinesville, Ga.; two brothers; Anthony L. Swint (Loretta) of Atlanta, Ga. and Lt. Col. Kelvin P. Swint (Jennifer "Jenny") of Fort Hood, Texas; one sister; Jennifer N. Swint of Atlanta, Ga.; two nephews; Austin L. Swint and Kyle Stanfield; two nieces; Jayliah Brown and niece Kennedy R. Swint; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at noon, Friday, February 15, 2019 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Temple, 229 Thompson Road, Walthourville, Georgia 31301. Eulogist will be Pastor Eddie C. Campbell.
Dorchester Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Published in Coastal Courier from Feb. 11 to Feb. 18, 2019
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