September 22, 2020

Billy Thomas Swift, a resident of Fulton and formerly of Prescott, Ariz., died Sept. 12 at the West Tennessee Healthcare Volunteer Hospital in Martin, Tenn. He was 94.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at Hornbeak Funeral Chapel, in Fulton, with burial to follow in the Mt Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the hour of service. Attendees are asked to wear a mask for the visitation and funeral service for Mr. Swift. Hornbeak Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by four sisters, Bessie Mae Dublin of Tonasket, Wash., Carolyn Fisher, of Green Bay, Wisc., Jo Menness of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mary Emma Morgan of Hickman; two brothers, Jerry Freeman Swift, of Hickman County, and Danny Keith Swift, of Fulton County; nieces and nephews, Patty (Bob) Fussell, Peggy (Tom) Cochran, Michele Jetton, Sue (Don) Alumbauch, Virgil (Linda) Allen, James Swift, Sharon Swift, Linda Swift, Liddy (Allen) Dick, Betty Andersen, Gary (Lisa) Swift, Elisa (Mack) Allen and David (Cindy) Swift; and several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Freeman Horace and Annie Lorene Brown Swift; his siblings, Leon (Nadine) Swift, Martha (Darrell) Andersen, Betty (William) Allen, Buddy (Mary Lee) Swift and Myra Pickle; a nephew, Billy Swift; and a long-time friend and business partner, Robert Dale Coffey.

Born Sept. 28, 1925 in Fulton, he was a member of the Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints and was a United States Navy World War II Veteran.

After the Navy, he went to college in the Phillipeans and Chicago. He lived in Miami, Fla., Holton, Kan., Inden, Mo., Arizona and Fulton.

He spent years as an antique dealer and traveled the world buying up antiques for his shop, The Red Lamp Antiques’ in Prescott, Ariz.

In all of his wordly travels he was baptized in the Jordan River and walked on the Great Wall of China and went to Europe 23 times.

He was a joy to be around, a stern task master, and was loved by all.

He loved his dogs, nieces and nephews.