David Victor Swinney, 69 of Overton, passed away on July 15, 2021, in a Longview hospital. David was born February 7th, 1952. He was in the army and when he left the army he went on to the oil field, and after that he became a tugboat captain in Houston.
He loved riding his Harley and spending time with family and friends. Services will be 2PM, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in the Chapel of East Texas Funeral Home in Longview.
Those left to cherish his memories is his wife Patricia Swinney of Overton, Sons Travis Swinney of Kilgore, Marcus Swinney of Shreveport, LA., Brent Stanfield of Arkansas, daughters Melissa Taylor of Overton, Ashley Stuart of Tennessee.
Grandchildren: Trent Watts, Harley Stanfield, Jace Taylor, John White, Hayley Wilson, Ashely Wilson, Kyley Wilson. Great Grand kids: Memphis Adams, Ansley Wilson Taylor, Alizae Parker, Emberlynn Hardee.
Several Nieces and Nephews, plus 5 special people to him, Mindy and Charles Wilson, Devin Hardee, Kayla Smith, Kori Parker; and his loving dog Gunner.
David's mother Leona, and father Victor Swinney; his late wife Gwen and brother Melvin Swinney precede him in death.
The Last Watch
Its is told in the bible that once the Lord was in the fisherman's boat and a great storm came upon them and the fishermen feared they would drown. The Lord said to them have faith in ME and thus it was they had the faith to survive this same situation was and is repeated each day at sea.
No man has ever served at sea without knowing that each day could be his last and no one would even know where as sea he lay no man served a day at sea he lay no man served a day at sea without the knowledge that the ship he sailed might not survive to sail another day. But no man at sea let these fears overcome him. He knew his shipmates were beside him to help stand the watch to plot the course and to be the family and support we all need to meet and survive another day they were his shipmates.
As each day ended men at sea counted their blessings of a day well done, and to mark the end of their watch, they would toll the bell the eternal mark of the passing of time at sea.
We honor our shipmate David Swinney as we toll the bell to mark the end of his final watch. Well done captain David, well done. It was a great voyage, and you served your watch. We are proud to have served with you as part of the united states Merchant Marine. You have completed your final watch now rest in peace.
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