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Frankie Asteen Strickland Sweat
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Birth: May 29, 1934
Alma
Bacon County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 2008
Augusta
Richmond County
Georgia, USA

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Frankie Asteen Sweat entered into rest January 24, 2008 while at
home.
Her brothers and sister, Louise McDonald, Edna Worlds, Ollie Miller, Laurence
Strickland, Leonard Strickland, Morris Strickland preceded her in death and she
is survived by her husband, William Aaron Nathaniel Sweat, Sr.; her sister,
Francis Cliett; her children, William Aaron Nathaniel Sweat, Jr. (Billy), Cathy
Sweat-Mosteller, and John Sweat.
Frankie was born May 29, 1934 the daughter of Kathrin Fitzgerald Strickland, an
Irish immigrant, and Franklin Randolph Strickland.
Frankie spent her early years through High School on a small South Georgia farm,
in what to modern eyes would be scarcity but to Frankie was normal, surrounded
as she was by poverty. Frankie did well in High School and was a striking
beauty. This is verified by portraits from her High School years and further
evidenced by testimony by her sister that she competed in Beauty Pageants. Her
husband maintains that she would have won if the pageants were not rigged.
Frankie married Aaron Sweat on March 3, 1951. The wedding was held in secret in
order that Frankie might finish High School and Aaron could get a job to support
their new formed family. Aaron found a job as a fire-man on the Georgia-Florida
Railroad, eventually finding his calling and working his way up to engineer of
both steam and electric railroad engines. Aaron was moved to Augusta, bringing
with him his family. As with many working for the railroad during this time,
Aaron was laid off and Frankie sought out a job to make ends meet until Aaron
could get back to work. These jobs included everything from selling Avon (in
which she was moderately successful) to investment in real estate (in which she
was more successful). But it wasn't until she applied to Gracewood State School
and Hospital that Frankie found her calling. Frankie had a brother with Downs
Syndrome and when she saw the abysmal conditions the mentally handicapped were
kept during this time she would come home to cry. She became an attendant and
eventually worked her way up to being a supervisor all the while being an
advocate for the humane treatment and care for institutional patients. Seeing a
need for nursing staff at Gracewood she enrolled in L.P.N. school and became a
Licensed Practical Nurse. She further improved her care for the patients at
Gracewood by attending Augusta College (now Augusta State) Nursing School while
working as an L.P.N. at night and selling real estate during the day. It was in
her position as a nurse that Frankie received the injury that ended her career
at Gracewood. During a wet evening she was assisting in loading a patient when
her feet slid under the ambulance resulting in injuries to her knees that would
bother her for the rest of her life. Upon the retirement from her professional
career she was presented with a "Gracewood Angel" and could look back at an
institution that had changed from appalling to humane due, in no small fact, to
her tireless advocacy for her patients. Frankie was also tireless in working for
her church, Sherwood Baptist. She served as treasurer, Finance committee chair,
and on the nominations committee among others. But the job she enjoyed the most
was Senior Woman's Sunday School Teacher. She would pour over commentaries and
theology texts in order to come up with just the right lesson for her class.
This included covering the majority of the walls in her classroom with time
lines and outlines, such as she did when studying Revelation, when appropriate.
Frankie Sweat was a woman that loved her family, loved her church, and loved her
God. She would work diligently for what she believed in. She reached out in
Christian love to anyone and loved everyone, she exemplified humanity and
treated others with dignity. She will truly be missed.
The funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
at Sherwood Baptist Church. Committal services will follow at Hephzibah City
Cemetery. Pastor Jim Johnson and Rev. Marion Jay will officiate. The Poteet
Funeral Homes, South Chapel, 3465 Peach Orchard Road, 706-798-8886, is in charge
of the funeral arrangements.
The Augusta Chronicle-January 29, 2008 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Franklin Randolph Strickland (1895 - 1974)
  Kathrine Frances Fitzgerald Strickland (1894 - 1977)
 
 Spouse:
  William Aaron Nathaniel Sweat (1923 - 2013)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sara Frances Strickland Cliett*
  Leonard Franklin Strickland (1926 - 1979)*
  Edna Frances Strickland Worles (1930 - 2001)*
  Mary Louise Strickland O'Quinn (1933 - 2000)*
  Frankie Asteen Strickland Sweat (1934 - 2008)
  Morris Fitzgerald Strickland (1942 - 1997)*
  Steven Edward Strickland (1943 - 1997)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hephzibah Cemetery
Hephzibah
Richmond County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: Linda Cliett
Record added: Nov 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81205386
Frankie Asteen <i>Strickland</i> Sweat
Added by: cmalone616
 
Frankie Asteen <i>Strickland</i> Sweat
Added by: cmalone616
 
 
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- + GenAngel +
 Added: Mar. 4, 2014
God bless,
- Wiregrass Irisheyes
 Added: Dec. 10, 2013
 
 
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