Alva Deana Goggins Swearingen, 76, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 after a valiant battle against pulmonary fibrosis. Deana Swearingen was born in Thomaston, Georgia to the late Alvin Gerald Goggins and Mattie Gaynell Johnson on September 3, 1943. She was adored by her family and her friends and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, James Herbert Swearingen, Jr., of Columbia, SC, her three children, Michael Gerald Swearingen of Columbia, SC, Melissa Swearingen Starkey (Darryl) of Chapin, SC and Mark Bradley Swearingen of Columbia, SC; 5 grandchildren Cole and Olivia Swearingen and Susannah, Jack and Garrett Starkey; her sister, Edith Nell Goggins of Barnesville, GA, her brother, Gary Johnson Goggins of Covington, GA; her brothers and sisters in love, Harvey Swearingen (Patty), Mickie Merritt, Dean Jordan (Jim) and many cousins, nieces and nephews.A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Swearingen at St. Andrews Baptist Church Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 prior to the service at the church.Memorials may be made to The American Lung AssociationMemories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
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