Fallen Hero: CW4 (Ret) Walter Melvin Swanner


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Ott & Lee Funeral Homes

1360 W Government St Brandon, MS


Wednesday, December 30th 2020 from 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM at the Lakeland Place Garden Park Cemetery (6004 MS-25, Brandon, MS 39047).


Graveside service, Wednesday, December 30th 2020 from 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM at the Lakeland Place Garden Park Cemetery (6004 MS-25, Brandon, MS 39047).


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on 27 December, 2020 and moved on to his heavenly home.  Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4), age 89, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 210th Finance Detachment, HQ STARC, and USPFO-MS has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort and safety for their country ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur still remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.


Walter Melvin Swanner, age 89, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at a local hospital.

Graveside services will be 10:00am Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Lakeland Place Garden Park Cemetery with Dr. Jeff Holland officiating.

Visitation will start at 9:00am at Lakeland Place Garden Park Cemetery, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 and end at 9:50am.

Walter was born in Jackson, MS on December 6, 1931 to the late Jessie Eugene Swanner and Ida Mae Roth Swanner.

He was a Christian, a true Patriot who bled Red, White and Blue for his Country. Walter spent 40 years serving his country in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. He loved his garden and looked forward every year too working in it. He and Kay took in many stray dogs over the years. They allowed people to come pick blueberries every year and in the process made many friends and had many good conversations. Walter was a true Patriarch of his family, truly a wonderful provider. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Walter will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Walter is survived by his children, Cindy Paxton, Vanessa Johnson (David), Walter G. Swanner, and Scott Swanner (Sherra); grandchildren, Nicholas Paxton, Jessica Milner, Dumas Milner, Emma Swanner, and Trace Alan Swanner; great-grandson, Austin Paxton; a host of other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents,  siblings, and the love of his life, Kay Frances Swanner.

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