Ricky Swayze passed away peacefully, while surrounded by his family, at his home in Coushatta, Louisiana on August 8th, at the age of 62. Services will be held at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 11:00 AM, Bro. Larry Sales will officiate assisted by Bro. Matt Endris, burial to follow at Zion Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 between the hours of 5:00 PM until 8:30 PM at the funeral home.
Ricky always said, “If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life”. Once he started the forestry business 34 years ago with his dear friend, Enyart Mitchell, he never worked again. Ricky enjoyed the simple life and worked very hard. Ricky loved his pine trees and his kids often wondered if he loved the trees more than he loved them.
Ricky was preceded in death by his parents, Cloyde Swayze and Lucille Swayze, and special to his heart, Robert “Bob” Hartsell, Sr. and Barbara Joan Hartsell.
He is survived by the love of his life, Susie Swayze; his “highligher” son, Scotty Swayze, husband of Sherry Swayze, of Coushatta, Louisiana; favorite daughter, Melanie McCorkel, wife of Matthew McCorkel of Minden, Louisiana; baby boy, Wesley Swayze, husband of Stacey Swayze, of Stonewall, Louisiana; Five precious grand-children, Brent Swayze, Tristan Swayze, Jamie Swayze, Cameron Swayze, Clark Swayze; Three great grand-children, Brinley Swayze, Parker Brooks, Bentley Swayze; a very special nephew, Dennis Dancer husband of Ashley Dancer of Iowa, Louisiana; six siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Burleson, Luke Mitchell, Joe Cooper, Charlie Edwards, Rodney Dowden, and Tommy Ebey. Honorary pallbearers will be Enyart Mitchell, Dave Cupp, Chris Craig, Gary DeBlieux, Dennis Dancer, Floyd Williams, and Jody Beach.
The family would like to express their gratitude to, Dr. Robert Hernandez and his staff at Willis-Knighton Pierremont, Hospice of Natchitoches, with a special thanks to Haley Roberts, Hannah Watley and Misty Morgan. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.
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