Rebecca Elizabeth Strickland Swords, 76, passed away today, May 27, 2015 at Pioneer Community Hospital of Blakely. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11 AM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Johnny Averitt officiating. The family will receive friends for a visitation for one hour before the service, starting at 10 AM Saturday morning.
Mrs. Swords was born March 14, 1939 in Arlington , Ga. to the late George Wilkins and Millie Bowan Wilkins. She was a homemaker and a retired caregiver. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Swords and by 3 Grandchildren: Joy Smith , Melissa Swords and Shannon Swords.
Mrs. Swords is survived by a daughter Jan Harrell of Blakely; and by 2 sons: Carroll Swords and wife Janice of Ft. Gaines, Ga. and Benny Hand of Arlington. Sister; Linda Spriggs and husband James of Ft. Gaines and 2 brothers; George Wilkins Jr. and wife Lee of Jonesboro, Ga. and Edward Wilkins of Edison, Ga. 3 Grandchildren: Tony Harrell Jr., Jennifer Shellhouse and Derrick Powell all of Arlington, Ga. 8 Great–Grandchildren: Blake Shellhouse, T.J. Shellhouse, Harley Smith, Arron Smith, Savannah Smith, Alexis Harrell, Brice Harrell and Luke Harrell. and by 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren: K.K. Shellhouse and Harmony Preston.