January 31, 1869 - December 14, 1943
|Rev. R. G. Swanson was born in Murray County, Georgia, January 31, 1869. In early
childhood the family removed from the old home, in Georgia and settled at Hillsboro, Texas, being among those hardy pioneers who heard the call of the wide and rolling plains of the empire of Texas While living at Hillsboro he was married to Miss Ida Coffman of Terrel7i, Texas, who preceded him in death May 28, 1933. To them were born five children, two sons and three daughters, all of whom are still living.
At the age of thirty Brother Swanson began his ministry in the Free Methodist Church in
Texas in a conference of which he served for nine years. At the end of this period, he transferred from the ministry of that church to that of the Methodist Episcopal Church and became a member of its conference in Louisiana in which he served faithfully until the unification of Methodism in 1939. During this latter period he served churches in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. A total of forty-three years was given to our ministry.
In 1932 because of ill health Brother Swanson was superannuated. However he did not allow his illness to put an end to his religious activi-ties. In every place where help was needed he gave assistance. He owned a home in Hodge, Louisiana, and was among the workers and worshipers in the church there.
Brother Swanson died December 14, 1943, and his worn-out body was laid to rest in Quarrel’s Cemetery near Hodge, Louisiana, the funeral being conducted by Rev. D. B. Raulins, superintendent of the Ruston District, and Rev. J. F. Kilpatrick, pastor of the church at Hodge.
He has joined the multitude of the faithful on the other side waiting the resurrection and reunion of the just who have defied the decree of death and outrun the veto of the grave.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 84-85, 1940 by D. B. Raulins|