SIKESTON -- Gregory "Greg" Swinney, 41, died June 28, 2012, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Born April 25, 1971, in San Diego, Calif., to Ed and Margaret Forbey Swinney of Sikeston, he graduated from Sikeston High School in 1991 and was employed by the Community Sheltered Workshop in Sikeston. He was a member of Sikeston Eagles Aerie No. 3319 and a representative and board member of the Sikeston Chapter of Missouri People First for over 15 years, where he currently served as president. He was a global messenger for the Special Olympics, winning over 200 gold, silver and bronze medals during his 33 years of competition. In 1998 he earned the title of Missouri Special Olympics Athlete of the Year and in 2002 was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame -- the only individual to be inducted as both a coach and athlete simultaneously. A member of Murray Lane Baptist Church, he was a choir member, Sunday school teacher and VBS teacher and also volunteered in the nursery and preschool areas.
Survivors in addition to his parents, include: one brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Rachel Swinney of Cape Girardeau; one sister and brother-in-law, Megan and Harold Duff of Sikeston; his maternal grandmother, Margaret Forbey of Charleston; three nephews, Brandon, Cody and Austyn Swinney; and three nieces, Brittany Jones, Ashley Wheeler and Jena "Bugg" Enos.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Leon and Tillie Swinney, and maternal grandfather, Willis Forbey.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston where services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Kelley Grubbs, pastor of the Murray Lane Baptist Church in Sikeston, officiating.
Burial will follow at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Pallbearers will be: Bryan Gaskins, Robert Johnson, LeRoy Price, Cody Swinney, Brandon Swinney, Bill Nance and Roger Chaney.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be members of People First and Special Olympics athletes and coaches.
Online condolences may be shared at: www.nunneleefuneralchapel.com.
may be sent to:
Missouri Special Olympics
1001 Diamond Ridge, Suite 800
Jefferson City, MO 65109
P.O. Box 966
Sikeston, MO 63801