FROM STAFF REPORTS
Family and friends of Mrs. Sears Hooks-Brown Swinton will celebrate her life during a service on Saturday, Dec. 23 at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 580 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Mrs. Swinton, a longtime Daytona Beach resident and the grandmother of Daytona Times reporter Andreas Butler, died on Dec. 9. She was 80.
The Saturday service will begin at 11 a.m. Visitation is scheduled for Dec. 22 5-8 p.m. at RJ Gainous Funeral Home, 804 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach, and from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 23 at Allen Chapel.
“She was a very good person and a very hard worker,” her sister, Sarah Pridgeon, told the Daytona Times. “She’ll be missed.’’
Her only son and youngest child, Rufus Brown, stated, “She was loved and she will be truly missed.’’
Born in Georgia
Mrs. Swinton was born to Jim Hooks and Amy Glover Hooks in Warwick, Georgia on Feb. 14, 1937.
Her first child, Amy Lee, was born in 1953. She and her husband, Solomon Brown, had three daughters – Wanda, Shelia and Diana.
In 1959, she moved to Daytona Beach with her family.
She later met Junious “Bay” Swinton, whom she married. They had two children, Mona and Rufus.
Mrs. Swinton worked at Daytona Linen Services for more than 20 years.
“I appreciate everything that my mother did for me. She worked really hard for so many years to provide for her family,’’ said daughter Shelia Brown.
‘Always had a smile’
Mrs. Swinton was a longtime member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Daytona Beach where she served as an usher and was active in the senior groups.
“Sears was involved in the church activities. She was a special woman. People knew her for her friendliness. She cared for others even though she was disabled,’’ said longtime friend, Melvee Crumielle.
“Her disability didn’t hinder her. She always had a smile. She would be the first to give. She will be missed. She was small in stature, but when she spoke everyone knew that she meant what she said.’’
Her family said she enjoyed fishing and puzzles. She also was a big football fan who loved her Jacksonville Jaguars and Georgia Tech’s Yellow Jackets.
‘A kind nature’
Mrs. Swinton spent her life devoted to her family and was always there for them, including her children and grandchildren.
“She always had a kind nature and many in the community referred to her as ‘Grandma,’’ Butler said.
Along with her parents, Mrs. Swinton was preceded in death by her brother, Madison Hooks and her husband, Junious Swinton.
She is survived by her five children: Amy Lee Hawkins of Cordele, Georgia; Wanda Brown-Moore, Shelia Brown, Diana Brown and Mona Brown, all of Daytona Beach; and Rufus Brown of Killeen, Texas. Survivors include 18 grandchildren as well as 43-great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren; four sisters, a brother, and other relatives.
R.J. Gainous Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.