Waterfront Sportsman Remembers R. Horace Swiggett, Jr

BURLINGTON — Mr. R. Horace Swiggett, Jr., age 77, died Monday, January 18, 2010 at the Hospice Home.

Born on September 8, 1932 he was the son of the late Robert Horace Swiggett, Sr. and Dovie White Swiggett. He was married for 57 years to Margaret Jarrett Swiggett who survives. Mr. Swiggett was a graduate of Duke Law School, was a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Alamance County Bar Association, Academy of Trial Lawyers of the Carolinas, and a member of the 50 Years North Carolina Attorneys. He also served on counsel for the Environmental Investigation Coalition.

In previous years he practiced in Alamance and Guilford counties as an advocate for harmed parties and in his words ‘keeping hope alive for those who need it the most.’

He was a true waterfront sportsman and enjoyed traveling with his wife Margaret in their motor home on numerous trips to visit with family members. Horace was an avid fisherman, hunter and a member of the “OO” Hunt Club.

Mr. Swiggett is survived by his wife of the home; sons, Robert Horace Swiggett, III of Burlington, M. Dale Swiggett and wife Cindy of New Bern, and David M. Swiggett and wife Jackie of Crystal River, Fla.; a daughter, Rebecca “Becky” and husband Craven Mitchell of Farmer City, Ill.; grandchildren, Julie Hope Swiggett, Daniel Swiggett, Matt Swiggett, Timothy Swiggett, Nathan Swiggett, Scott Swiggett, Trey Mitchell and Cody Mitchell; great grandchildren, Hailey Swiggett, Alexis Swiggett and Alistair Swiggett.

He was preceded in death by three sisters; Lois Hightower, Doris Kerr, and Bobbie McGuire.

The funeral service will be will be held 2 p.m. January 22, Northside Presbyterian Church by Pastor Jim Mitchell. Interment will follow at Alamance Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends and supporters from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home.

Memorials are asked to be made to the R. Horace Swiggett Institute of Environmental Politics, 221 Jupiter Rd. Weaverville, N.C. 28787. This think tank and school offers new support for academics and professionals to improve continuing education of instruction of principles of true science and ethics. The curriculum was developed for attorneys, accountants, and public servants to improve coordination of public policy, the environment and quality of life. The school is named in his honor for his love of the environment and lifelong dedication to help mankind.

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