Johnnie Bowie Swetenburg
Johnnie Bowie Swetenburg, 90, died peacefully at Southminster Retirement Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 30, 2005.
Mrs. Swetenburg was born on Sept. 19, 1915, in Starr, S.C. Her parents were Eathel Findley and Clyde Thornton Bowie. She graduated from Winthrop College and then moved to Abbeville, S.C., where she met her husband, Raymond Lee Swetenburg. They were married Sept. 1, 1939, in Starr, S.C. They lived in Ware Shoals, S.C., and Metuchen, N.J., but spent most of their married life in Gainesville, having lived there for more than 50 years. Her husband, Ray, died in 1998 after 59 years of marriage. In 2002, she moved to Southminster, to be closer to family.
Mrs. Swetenburg's first love after her family was the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville. She was active in all aspects of the church, and was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Women. In 1997 the fellowship building was named "Swetenburg Hall" in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Swetenburg. She was instrumental in the founding of the Gainesville Christian Education Center. She was a member of the Gainesville Junior Service League, the Book Club of Gainesville, Fine Arts Study Club and a charter member of Chattahoochee Country Club.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Bowie and Hugh Frazer, Montgomery, Ala., and Jane and John Howard, Atlanta; son and daughter-in-law, Jan and Raymond Lee Swetenburg Jr., Charlotte, N.C.; her grandchildren and their spouses, Jill and Hugh Frazer III, Montgomery, Ala., Bowie and Carter Campbell, Memphis, Tenn., Abby and Findley Frazer, Birmingham, Ala., Joy and John Howard Jr., Montgomery, Ala., Julie and Thornton Howard, Atlanta, Raymond Lee Swetenburg III, Chapel Hill, N.C., Jan Scott Swetenburg, Druham, N.C., Kenneth Owen Swetenburg, Charlotte, N.C.; her great-grandchildren, Frazer, Eleanor and Carter Campbell, Memphis, Tenn, and Virginia Frazer, Birmingham, Ala.; and her brother, Dr. Caroll Bowie, Anderson, S.C. She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. Clyde Findley Bowie.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the wonderful staff at Southminster, for their compassionate and loving care over the past three years.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Alta Vista Cemetery, followed by a memorial service to celebrate her life at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville. The family will receive friends in Swetenburg Hall immediately following the service.
Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 800 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Mason-Ward-Roger Funeral Home, Gainesville
The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Jan. 1, 2006
Originally published Sunday, January 1, 2006