Posted on Sunday, 13th August 2017 | Douglasville
Mr. Elsworth Swanson, Sr., age 82, was the son of the late Joseph E. and Lelia M. Baity Swanson, he was born on January 18, 1935. He was the fourth child of five children born and reared in Douglas, Coffee County, Georgia. He was affectionately known to family and friends, as “El”, Elsworth was a person who went about doing well. He knew how to put God first in all things. There was one grandson, Victor Tyrone Swanson and two sisters who preceded him in death, Dicie Lee Carson and Mary Alyce Badger.
Elsworth education was in the public schools of Coffee County, Georgia. While attending G.W. Carver High School and Elementary School, he became employed with Lott Builders. While being employed with Lott’s, he trained and became a Mastered Licensed Electrician. While “El” was learning and mastering his trade, Miss Annie Ruth was laying claim to another vision for the Swanson family. The idea placed on her heart was Swanson’s Snack Bar. El and Miss Annie Ruth started work together, serving his famous specialities, slaw dogs, ham and cheese and double cheese burgers with Cherry Coke on the side – “I Gotha Ya Coming!” Many of his customers later knew him as Uncle El. As a result of his business accruement, Elsworth was appointed to the City of Douglas Downtown Develop- ment Authority. He served on that for 31 years.
During his childhood, he learned his personal path and duty to follow his Savior, Jesus Christ. As a child, he and his parents attended Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. El later became a member of Shiloh. He spent many fruitful years in the Master’s service, he served on the Usher Board, and as Deacon in the church, his parents reared him.
A man of great ambition and dreams, El was highly respected by family and friends. He was a lovable character, a person everyone chose to have as a friend and willing to be a friend to all.
He met Annie Ruth Phillips one after while visiting the skating rink located on the campus of G.W. Carver School. Their life became one after that meeting, and the two married on September 4, 1953. To this union, they reared together six beautiful children.
On April 26, 2017, at 8:11 a.m., the Lord called Elsworth Swanson, and he surrendered his life to enter through the pearly gates. There he began his walk on the golden streets of Heaven. May El’s soul find peace and acceptance with the Lord.
He legacy and memories will be cherished by his wife of 64 years, Annie Ruth; two daughters, Gloria (Anthony) Richardson of Fayetteville, Ga., Tara M. Swanson; three sons, Elsworth (Loretta Swanson, Jr. Vicky (Clarice) Swanson and Marvin (Lola) Swanson, all of Douglas, Ga.; a special grandson thought of as a son, Carterius (Patricia J.) Williamson, of Jonesboro, Ga.; eighteen grandchildren; thirty-five great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; two brothers, Willie and Owen Swanson both of Douglas, Ga.; one brother-in-law, Tommie L. Phillips, of Miami, Fla.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and endearing friends.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, located 810 Martin Luther King Road, Douglas, Ga., with Pastor, Aden Fluker, officiating. Rev. Thomas A. Smith gave the Eulogy. Musical selections were by Pastor, Marcus Anthony, Bro. Emanuel Wilson, Pastor Willie Carter, and selections by Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Choir. Scripture readings by Rev. James Anthony and Pastor, J.C. Boler. The Resolution was given by Sister Virginia Tomlin. The Reflection was give by Deacon, Willie Williams and County Commissioner Oscar Paulk. The Family Tribute by son, Deacon, Elsworth Swanson, Jr. Acknowledgements by Litman Funeral staff.
Interment followed in the Douglas City Cemetery, in Douglas, Georgia.
Active pallbearers were, Bro. Elsworth Swanson, III, Bro. Rod Eady, Bro. Allan Swanson, Bro. Vincent Hutchinson, Jr., Bro. Christopher Swanson, Bro. Kerwin Swanson and Marcus Williams.
Honorary pallbearers were, Deacons of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and The Crush Riders Motorcycle Group.
Ushers were: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, City Wide Ushers, Boss Riders Motorcycle Group and friends of the family.
McLean-Litman Fun- eral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
We are truly humbled by the expression of love, sympathy, and kindness which have been shown during this difficult time in our lives. Your acts of thoughtfulness are a source of comfort and encouragement to each of us. May God’s greatest blessings be with each of you as you share in our sorrow. Yours in Christian Love, The Swanson Family.
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