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Shirley Swafford Wendland

Shirley Swafford Wendland, 75, of Bledsoe County, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, November 18, 2016. She was of the Baptist faith. Shirley was born March 22, 1941 in Lick Holler, Bledsoe County, Tennessee, delivered by her grandmother, Ova France Swafford. Shirley worked at Ralston Purina Company in Battle Creek, Michigan after her graduation. Returning to Tennessee, she graduated business school in Chattanooga. She attended Bryan College, taking all the Bible courses offered. Shirley retired from TVA as a machinist. She loved to paint, visit museums and antiques. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlos C. Swafford and Nonive Felts Swafford; and sister, Reva (Mack) Swafford. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Manfred Wendland of Crossville; granddaughter, Chelsea Hilton; sisters, Velma (Riley) Frady of Pikeville, Diane Cranfill of Pikeville, Evelyn Swafford of Dayton; brother, Michael K. Swafford of Pikeville; and special caregivers and nieces, Tina Jakoby of Knoxville and Tonya Roberson of Pikeville. She wanted them to be her voice when she was not able to speak for herself. Services were held Saturday, November 18, at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial was in Summer City Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home in Pikeville.

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