SIKESTON -- Gregory "Greg" Swinney, 41, of Sikeston, 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 in 1991 from Sikeston High School 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 and had 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 also was honored with the International Special Olympics Inspiration Award.
In 2002, he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame as an athlete, along with his coach of over 30 years, Vickie Dannenmueller, the pair being the only individual athlete and coach to ever be inducted there simultaneously. A member of the Murray Lane Baptist Church, he was a choir member, Sunday school teacher and VBS teacher and volunteered in the nursery and preschool areas.
In addition to his parents, survivors 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.
Services were conducted today at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kelley Grubbs, pastor of the Murray Lane Baptist Church in Sikeston, officiating.
Burial followed at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Pallbearers were: Bryan Gaskins, Robert Johnson, LeRoy Price, Cody Swinney, Brandon Swinney, Bill Nance and Roger Tesney.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were fellow members of People First and Special Olympics athletes and coaches.
Online condolences may be shared at: www.nunneleefuneralchapel.com.
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