Robert G. (Bob) Swinnea

HARLINGEN - Robert G. (Bob) Swinnea, 66, died Dec. 10, 2014, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. The brother and brother-in-law of former Fort Davis teachers Larry and Teloa Swinnea, he was born Jan. 18, 1948, in McAllen to Weldon and Virginia Voigt Swinnea. He was a 1966 graduate of Weslaco High School and received his BBA in accounting from Pan American University while working for Texas Plastics. He was then employed by Varmicon in Harlingen, and for the past 23 years he was a self-employed insurance agent, working primarily through Colonial Life and Accident. He was a former Lion and Rotarian, and was honored to be named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was ordained a deacon at First Baptist Church in Weslaco and was currently a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Harlingen. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Donna Michalk Swinnea of Harlingen; children, Wendy (John) Miller of The Woodlands, Scott (Brenda) Swinnea of Harlingen; Gina (George III) Nations of Tomball; brothers, Jim (Antoinette) Swinnea of Galveston, Larry (Teloa) Swinnea of Shafter, Bill (Sharon) Swinnea of Weslaco; sister, April (Lin) Cubbison of N. Canyon Lake; grandchildren, Nicholas Brons, Tate Brons, Cole Swinnea, Madi Swinnea, Lauren Swinnea and George (Buddy) Nations IV. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Jeri Michalk of Harlingen; brothers-in-law Tom Michalk of Houston, and Nathan Michalk of College Station,; sister-in-law Carla (Steve) Barker of Conroe, and numerous nieces and nephews. Although Bob dealt with illness and pain for the last 10 years, his personal faith and love for the Lord never wavered. He enjoyed sharing his love for God through music, and for 13 years was the worship leader and administrator at Arroyo Baptist Chapel. He had a love for sports, coaching his granddaughter’s basketball team, announcing for the MMA football games, and being one of the Harlingen Cardinals biggest fans. He loved hunting, fishing and boating with family and friends. Funeral services were at Calvary Baptist Church in Harlingen Dec. 13. Pallbearers were nephews and grandsons Ralph Stevens III, Mark Swinnea, Matthew Swinnea, Luke Swinnea, Mike Swinnea, Brad Swinnea, Payton Webb, Blaine Webb, Nate Michalk, Nicholas Brons, Cole Swinnea and Buddy Nations.
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