SGT Roy Chester Swift, lovingly known as Roy, peacefully departed this earthly realm on February 1, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of bravery, compassion, and inspiration. Born on December 10, 1957, in West Point, Mississippi, Roy was the beloved son of Johnnie Swift and Millie Ann Hood Swift. He was one of eight siblings who grew up together, creating cherished memories that would last a lifetime. He was baptized and joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church at an early age.
He was preceded in death by three siblings and his parents.
From an early age, it was clear that Roy possessed unparalleled strength and determination. His strength was further honed on the football field of his alma mater, West Point High School. He pursued his dream of serving his country by joining the Army as an Infantryman. For 16 dedicated years, Roy fearlessly protected and defended the values he held dear. His unwavering commitment to his role as a drill sergeant at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow soldiers. Roy's contributions to the military will forever be remembered and appreciated.
Beyond his military achievements, Roy's infectious personality and kindness touched the lives of all those fortunate enough to know him. He had an indomitable spirit that radiated strength wherever he went. In spite of the challenges he faced, Roy was always ready with an inspiring word or a comforting gesture for anyone in need. He was an encourager who uplifted others through both his words and actions.
In his free time, Roy found solace and joy in his favorite hobby - rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. As a devoted fanatical supporter of America's Team, he delighted in each game they played. His passion for football was a consistent source of hope as he had faith his team would go "all the way" to the Superbowl.
Roy loved his family, especially his daughter Monica Ross and son Melvin G. Stevens. They brought immeasurable joy into Roy's life, and he cherished time spent building memories with them.
Always a man of strong determination and wit, Roy became immensely humble and spiritual as life progressed. These qualities enhanced his connection to his faith, providing him with inner peace and strength. He imparted his wisdom to those around him, leaving an indelible mark on their lives.
The grieving hearts of those who loved Roy will find comfort in commemorating his remarkable life during the upcoming services. The Visitation will be held at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 255 Main Street in Biloxi, Mississippi, on February 12, 2024, starting at 10:00 AM and concluding at 11:00 AM. Following the Visitation, a Celebration of Life will take place at the same location at 11:00 AM
Finally, we will honor Roy's memory with an Interment ceremony at Biloxi National Veterans Cemetery, situated at 400 Veterans Avenue in Biloxi, Mississippi. This final tribute will commence on February 12, 2024, at 1:30 PM.
Roy Chester Swift's departure from this world leaves an irreplaceable void in the hearts of those who loved him most. His memory will forever be treasured by his wife Rita Swift, children Monica Ross (Eddie) and Melvin G. Stevens, six grandchildren; as well as his surviving siblings Rev. Vernon Swift (Josephine), Lt. Col. Ulysses Swift, USAF (Ret) (Beverly), Dorothy Johnson (James), and Rosa Marie Daniels (Steve), his aunt, Anna Jackson, and a host of nieces and nephews.
As we bid farewell to a remarkable man who embraced life with open arms and a courageous spirit, let us remember Roy for his unwavering love for family, dedication to serving others, and ability to inspire those whom he encountered.
Infinity Funeral Home extends our condolences to the family of Roy C. Swift. For inquiries, call 228-436-6722.