Boone Police Department Reports Unattended Death at Bavarian Village Apartments

Published Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 9:03 am

On Tuesday morning, the Boone Police Department reported an unattended death at Bavarian Village Apartments.

On Sept. 20, 2015, the Boone Police Department received a call of a death at Bavarian Village Apartments, located at 314 Meadowview Drive.

Mr. Thomas Burton Swift of Boone, 89, was found deceased in his apartment. At this time, there is no indication of foul play and the death is believed to be associated with natural causes.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Swift family.

Here is Swift’s obituary:

Sgt. Thomas Burton Swift, 89, passed away at his home in Boone on Sunday September 20, 2015.

Burt Swift as he was affectionately known was born May the 22, 1926. An Electrician by trade, he and his uncles helped bring electricity to Boone. He was a WWII veteran who fought from Paris to Czechoslovakia. Mr. Swift received the purple heart and bronze star for this service.

He was preceded in death by his Great Grandfather Dr. Jordan Bare J.B. Phillips, his Grandparents Martha & Enoch Swift, his parents Clark & Maggie Phillips Swift, and his Uncles–Don, Scott, Dave, Wiley, Bob, and Max Swift. Mr. Swift is survived by his wife Emily McGuire Swift of the home, sister Sarah Swift Arnette of the Clark Swift Road in the Phillips Branch community, Cove Creek, daughters Kay Swift Edwards & Erma Swift Staton of Marion NC, one son Rocky Swift and wife Tianshu of Boone NC, Lucille Teague of Boone, Melba Ashley of Boone, Elizabeth Gail Ward Slagle of Elizabethton TN, CS Skip Hicks of Washington State, & one daughter deceased Melissa Lisa Mae Furches of Elizabethton TN. He is also survived by his special niece Hilda Arnette Greer & Tommy of Cove Creek, and special great nephews Brandon & Justin Greer and their respective families all of Cove Creek. 19 Grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral Services for Thomas Burton Swift will be Monday, September 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends Monday, September 28th from 4:00 until 6:00 pm at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Swift family.



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