Fallen Hero: SSG(Ret) Billy Foxx Swilley


Funeral Home

Ott & Lee Funeral Homes

1360 W. Government St. Brandon, MS


January 22, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ott & Lee Funeral Home; Sunday
January 23, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Brandon Baptist Church
100 Brandon Baptist Drive
Brandon, MS 39042


January 23, 2022

3:00 PM
Brandon Baptist Church
100 Brandon Baptist Drive
Brandon, MS


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. 

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on January 22, 2022, and moved on to his heavenly home. SSG(Ret) Billy Foxx Swilley, age 83, a member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 113th MP Company 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 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.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Obituary, visitation and service details:

Billy Foxx Swilley, 83, died Thursday, January 20, 2022 at his home in Brandon.

Funeral services will be held at Brandon Baptist Church on Sunday, January 23,  2022 at 3 pm with interment in Brandon Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 5 pm-7 pm and from 2 pm-3 pm prior to the service.

Mr. Swilley was born September 11, 1938 in the Oakdale Community to the late Solomon David Swilley and Leota Long Swilley. He was a graduate of Brandon High School, Hinds Junior College and Mississippi State University.

He was a farmer and developer who believed in hard work and giving back to the community. He served in the Mississippi National Guard for twelve years.

He was a loving, hard-working and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He taught by example the importance of putting God first, of treating everyone with kindness and respect, being honest in dealing with others  and to always be willing to give a helping hand to those in need. He enjoyed  making new friends and it could be said that he never met a stranger. He loved spending time with his family and especially taking the youngest family members on nature walks while constantly teaching them along the way.

He was a charter member of Brandon Baptist Church, where he served in many positions of leadership.  He loved playing the drums and was a faithful member of the church orchestra.

Mr. Swilley was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Cecil, John David, Tommy Lane and one sister, Joycelyn Swilley Welch.


He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Carol Busick Swilley; son, Jeff Swilley and wife Dana; daughter Jan Swilley Boykin and husband Howard and daughter, Stephanie Swilley, all of Brandon; three grandchildren; Brittany Boykin Mann and husband Andrew; Tyler Boykin and wife Brittany and Anna Claire Boykin and four great grandchildren, Pierson Boykin, Leyton Boykin, Wynn Mann and Piper Boykin; and brother, Bobby Joe Swilley.


Memorials may be made to Brandon Baptist Church Building fund, 100 Brandon Baptist Church Dr., Brandon, MS 39042.

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