Norman Earl Swift, age 83, of Ford Hollars Road, Vilas, passed away Friday, June 10, 2022 at Watauga Medical Center. Born June 3, 1939 in Johnson County, Tennessee, he was one of eleven children of Joseph Dewey and Auriola Harmon Swift. Norman was a member of Westside Baptist Church. He owned and operated Swift Trucking Company before serving l4 years as a security guard at Watauga Medical Center followed by 10 years as security for Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock.
Norman loved to listen to and sing Gospel music. He was always ready to grab his fishing pole and together with his sons and brothers, spend time on a creek bank catching the biggest mountain trout. Above all, he loved his Lord and his family.
Norman is survived by his son, Tony Swift and wife, Becky, of Vilas; daughters, Pamela Norris of Vilas and Lisa Byrd and husband, Kelvin, of Zionville; daughter-in-law, Carol Swift of Boone; six grandchildren, Deanna Franklin and husband, Doug, of Boone, Brittany Byrd of Zionville, Briana Byrd of Zionville, and her fiancé, Matt Foxworth, Bradley Swift and wife, Amber, of Vilas, Joshua Norris of Vilas, and his girlfriend, Alysha, and Tanner Swift and wife, Macey, of Georgia;
five great-grandchildren, Daisey and Randy Jack Swift, and Ethan, Hailey and Corbin Norris; and his brother, Jim Swift and wife, Jerri, of Georgia. A number of nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Randy Swift and son-in-law, Wesley Norris; seven brothers, Bill, Ed, Roby, Charlie and Henry Swift, and infant brothers, Charles and Robert Swift; and two sisters, Mary Norris and Francis Bunton.
Funeral services for Norman Earl Swift will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, June 15th, at 2 o'clock, at the Austin and Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Rev. Bradley Swift and Preacher David Ward. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1 until 2 o'clock, prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. Graveside services will follow in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery. At other times, the family will be at the home of a daughter, Pamela Norris, 383 Sherwood Road, Vilas, NC 28692.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Union Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Roxanna Miller, Treasurer, 6797 US Highway 421, Zionville, NC 28698 or to Operation Heal Our Patriots, in care of Samaritans Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Swift family.