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June 18, 2009

(10/13/1944 - 6/4/2009)

Memorial graveside services for Gary Francis Swearingen, 64, of Columbia, MO were held on Friday June 12, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the Gorin Cemetery in Gorin, MO.

Gary Francis Swearingen passed away Thursday June 4, 2009, at the VA Hospital in Columbia, MO.

The son of Francis and Meriam (Parris) Swearingen, he was born on October 13, 1944 at Gorin, MO.

Gary graduated from Gorin High School in 1963 and then joined the US Navy in December of 1963 and served for four years. Gary enjoyed working with horses, hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Meriam; and grandparents Adren and Weltha Parris and Jim and Elizabeth Swearingen.

He is survived by his father, Francis of St. Ann, MO; his children, Cori Sue Atchley of Novinger, MO, and Craig and wife Sandra Swearingen of Memphis, MO; brothers Alan Swearingen of Blue Springs, MO, and Tony Swearingen of St. Ann, MO; and seven grandchildren.

The family has suggested memorials to the Scotland County Cancer Fund and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO.

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