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Gregory Allen Swinney
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Birth: Apr. 25, 1971
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Death: Jun. 28, 2012
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA

Gregory (Greg) Swinney, 41, of Sikeston, died June 28, 2012 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Born April 25, 1971, in San Diego, California, to Ed and Margaret Forbey Swinney of Sikeston, he graduated in 1991 from Sikeston High School, and was employed by the Community Sheltered Workshop in Sikeston.

He was a member of Sikeston Eagles Aerie #3319, and a representative and board member of the Sikeston Chapter of Missouri People First for over 15 years, where he currently served as president. He was a global messenger for the Special Olympics, winning over 200 gold, silver and bronze medals during his 33 years of competition. In 1998 he earned the title of Missouri Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, and in 2002 was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, being the only individual to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame as both a coach and athlete simultaneously. A member of Murray Lane Baptist Church, he was a choir member, Sunday school teacher and VBS teacher, and also volunteered in the nursery and preschool areas.

In addition to his parents, survivors include: one brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Rachel Swinney of Cape Girardeau; one sister and brother-in-law, Megan and Harold Duff of Sikeston; his maternal grandmother, Margaret Forbey of Charleston; three nephews, Brandon, Cody and Austyn Swinney; and three nieces, Brittany Jones, Ashley Wheeler and Jena "Bugg" Enos.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Leon and Tillie Swinney, and maternal grandfather, Willis Forbey.
Burial will follow at the MO State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.
 
 
Burial:
Missouri Veterans Cemetery
Bloomfield
Stoddard County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Sec K Row 16 Site 687
 
Created by: D Mayfield-Barnes
Record added: Jun 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92793281
Gregory Allen Swinney
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Gregory Allen Swinney
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Gregory Allen Swinney
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 Added: Apr. 28, 2013
Memorial contributions may be sent to:Special Olympics 1625 N. Kingshighway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 OR Sikeston People First 105 S. Bates St. Sikeston, MO 63801
- John Warrick Burriss
 Added: Jul. 1, 2012
Sorry his person had to died at a young age and will be miss by all People First Members from Missouri People First and his local chapter and from the Special Olympics also and Community Sheltered Workshop.Thanks and God Bless All That read This. God Bles...(Read more)
- John Warrick Burriss
 Added: Jul. 1, 2012
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