He was born Feb. 6, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, son of Lester S. and Blanch Lee Mandrel Swinford.
Swinford was employed as a trucker. He was of the Methodist faith. Swinford was a member of Chaffee VFW No. 3127, Chaffee Elks No. 1810 and Cape Girardeau Eagles Aerie No. 3775.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include three sons, John (Tina) Swinford, Nick (Jessica) Swinford and Blaine (Morgan) Swinford, all of Chaffee; his parents of Brownwood, Mo.; a brother, Gary (Sally) Swinford of Brownwood; three sisters, Fran (J.R.) Warren of Fruitland, Phillys (Bobby) Newberry of Arab, Mo., and Trudi Swindford of Brownwood; seven grandchildren, Bailey Brody, Bradyn, Bridgett, Drew, Jake and Gracie, all of Chaffee.
Friends may call at 5 p.m. until the 6 p.m. service Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Chaffee. The Rev. Frank Hustead will officiate. A VFW service by Chaffee VFW Post 3127 will follow.
Interment will be at a later date.