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August 19, 1947 – November 12, 2023
In Loving Memory of Philip Swafford
Philip Swafford, a devoted husband, loving father, and respected Deputy Sheriff, peacefully passed away on November 12, 2023, at the age of 76. Born on August 19, 1947, in Cincinnati, OH, Philip’s journey through life was marked by his dedication to his family and his unwavering commitment to upholding justice.
Philip’s career in law enforcement spanned over two decades, and he served as a Deputy Sheriff at the Justice Center with great honor and integrity. From 1990 until his retirement in 2011, he faithfully protected and served the community he held dear. His unwavering dedication and commitment to the safety of others will be remembered by all those whose lives he touched.
Beyond his law enforcement career, Philip had a deep passion for race cars and street racing. He found solace and excitement down at Edgewater. Philip’s adventurous spirit and zest for life were evident in every turn of the track.
Despite his enthusiasm for racing, Philip’s true joy came from spending time with his beloved family. He cherished every moment with his spouse, Andrea Swafford. Philip’s devotion extended to his treasured grandchildren, Lauryn Swafford, Mariah (Joshua) Mason, and Anthony Swafford, who brought immense joy and laughter into his life. He is also survived by his siblings, JoAnn Green, Bobbie (Ralph) Brewster, Sharon (Paul) Sanders, Gary Swafford, Jeff Swafford, Patricia (Alan) Cobb, and Connie Perkins.
His great-grandchildren, Maverick and Nixon Mason will continue his legacy of love and life and they brought Philip joy during the end of his years.
Philip had a special gift for connecting with people. His warm and approachable demeanor made him a true friend to all whom he encountered. Whether it was a conversation with a stranger or a meaningful exchange with a fellow law enforcement officer, Philip had a unique ability to leave a lasting impression on the hearts of those he encountered.
The Swafford family invites friends, colleagues, and loved ones to join them in celebrating Philip’s remarkable life. Graveside Service will take place at Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, 45231, at 11:00 am. Friends should gather at the Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 2155 Compton Road, 45231. Follow the BLUE line to the funeral home.
In honor of his service to his country, it is important to note that Philip proudly served in the Army from March 7, 1968, until his honorable discharge on January 10, 1972, during the Vietnam War.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents, and sons, Philip Wayne Swafford, Michael Anthony Swafford and brothers, David Swafford and Larry Swafford.
Though Philip may no longer be with us in person, his spirit and witty humor will continue to inspire and guide us and will be missed by all who knew him. Let us remember him with gratitude, love, and admiration for his selfless dedication to his family, his community, and his unwavering commitment to justice.
Rest in peace, Philip. You will forever be missed and cherishingly remembered.
“I was very fortunate to have Philip when our Mother passed. Being the oldest son a lot was put on his shoulders, but he did his best to be there and help keep us all together. I will never forget our years together. Love you Phil. RIP”
“My big brother Philip, he was a beautiful person a kind heart but he had a stern side too. He stood by us through so many hard times and helped us get to where we are today. He was funny and loved to Cha Cha. Philip was there for me when I went into labor with my son Dana and took me to the hospital , I will always be grateful having him in my life. Philip was one of a kind and will never be another like him!! I love you Phil and will be happy to see you again someday in Heaven . Til then just know you are missed and loved.”
“To my big brother that looked after me when I was little I will always have Philip in my heart forever we work together at his Gulf Station in Waco Texas and as a kid like I said we work together selling newspapers and he watched out for me all the time I will miss him tremendously I love him very very much and I’m so relieved that he’s at peace may you fly high Philip in heaven and when you see my little girl up there you tell Betty I said I love her”
“My uncle Philip first thing first he always had a smile, a joke right along with a big hug , from Christmas childhood memories to Edgewater talk or sitting around reminiscing about loved ones we have lost , To him always scaring everyone with with his fast loud funny sounds that even my children got to experience. We will cherish him always rest in perfectly perfection love always xoxoxo until we hug again🕊️♥️ Lori , Bryannah, Chelsey , Kaleb , Trinton and Dale Lang”
“My big brother, will never be forgotten”
“I remember Philip would always take our ball in volley ball from us. we had a lot of fun. I’m very proud to have had a brother like Philip . I will love and miss him.”
“I had the pleasure of knowing Phil for over 45 years. His positive attitude along with his big smile will always be my favorite memory of him. Rest in peace my friend.”
“I will forever miss your laughter, your humor and smile. I’m so blessed I was able to have you in my life. I thank you for always being there, for always showing up. You were the best grandfather a girl could ever ask for. It hurts to know I will hear your voice again, to know you are no longer here with us… But I know you are so happy now. You are no longer in pain. You are with your sons again. Give my dad the biggest hug for me… I love you papaw. Forever and always.”
“My brother’s presence in my life, was a constant reminder of how much he loved me. I was able to be a grown up sister to him, as we visited one another. I needed him in my life, and enjoyed his company immensely. When Philip was fifteen, we lost our mother, with nine other siblings , he worked delivering newspapers to help with feeding us. Jesus said, When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat. Truly I tell you whenever you did for one of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me. Philip was not only my brother, but he was my Hero ! I will miss him all the days of my life ! I loved my brother! Patricia”