Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland.
Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March12, 2014, in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the Shaw Cemetery. Reverend Robert Haney will officiate the service.
Bennie was born on December 4, 1943, to William and Jesse (Hall) Swinford in Big Creek Community in Calhoun County. He was a graduate of Linn School. He was a self-employed carpenter most of his life. Bennie was a former resident of Cleveland and Shaw. He loved to fish, hunt and grow tomatoes in his garden. He was always willing to serve others and help where he could. He was a kind loving man who never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters; Doris Faye Beach, Nina Ann Shivers and Judith Corretta Bradley; and a grandchild.
He is survived by daughter, Kimberly Swinford of Collinsville, Tenn.; brothers, James Larry Swinford and Robert Randal Swinford, both of Southaven, and Jerry Kenneth Swinford of Kentucky; and a host of nieces and nephews who adored him as he did them.
Pallbearers will be Mark Jennings, Johnny Jennings, Tommy Ferguson, Billy Rucker, Chad Swinford and Larry Swinford.
Honorary pallbearers are Willie J. Ferguson and Gerald Greenlee.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38501.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. On-line guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net