And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. Ephesians 4:11 On Tuesday, April 13, 2018, God transitioned a mighty Man of God -Apostle Dr. George Emeal Swanagan from his earthly home to his eternal resting place. He was born January 01, 1947 in Memphis, TN to the late Ephram and Bessie Ford Swanagan. May 1, 1960, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized and at the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, under the… Read More » leadership of Reverend O. C. Collins, Sr. Apostle Swanagan excelled academically and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School 1965. Early in his ministry, he served as Associate Minister at Mt. Zion Church, with Pastor Patterson; He also served as Youth Minister at Mt. Vernon, with Pastor Netters, He was an active member of International Association of Independent Holiness Churches (AIHC), President, Pastor Freddie L. Thomas. He united in holy matrimony with Bobbie Jean Jenkins in June 1983, whom he loved dearly. He and his wife worked tirelessly together for over 30 years in Kingdom building. He was such a noble and religious icon, and he believed in holiness and preached holiness. Apostle Swanagan Founded and Pastored Temple of Praise. Later, his vision was redirected, and he became Pastor/Co-founder of Temple of Praise with a Focus on the Cross Church Ministries. He was a profound biblical teacher and leader and later founded the New Day Seminary Bible Institute and served as President/Dean. Apostle Swanagan was a retired Veteran of the U. S. Navy and Navy Reserves, a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother-in-law. He was truly a servant of God, who loved his family. In 2013, he retired from Coca-cola and also Mac Paper so that he could focus on his initial “Calling” in the ministry. In 2016 he and his wife joined the fellowship at CAYA Christian Center under the leadership of Pastor, Gregory Thomas; there he remained a faithful member until the Lord called him home. Apostle Swanagan did as II Timothy 2:15 say, Study to show thyself approved unto God. He studied in the academy and earned a certification of Completion in various fields of Christian education: Doctor of Theology, Doctor of Ministry in Christian Counseling, Masters of Religious Arts in Christian Education and Bachelor of Religious art in Theology, from Jacksonville Theology Seminary – Jacksonville, FL. Apostle George Swanagan was preceded in death by his parents, Ephram and Bessie Ford Swanagan; Wife, Bobbie Swanagan; Mother and Father-in-law, Albert and Martha Jenkins; sisters-in-law, Sylinda Peterson and Betty Jenkins; and brother-in-law, Sgt. Andrew Jenkins. Apostle Swanagan leaves cherished memories to his sons, Ramile (Camille) Swanagan, Nashville, TN, Shenard Swanagan, Memphis, TN and Harold Carter, Ft. Worth, TX; daughter, Tonya (Henri) Johnson, Memphis, TN; five grandchildren, Angel Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Harold Carter Jr., Houston Carter, and Shamika (Luther) Hill, Memphis, TN; five great-grandchildren, seven sisters-in-laws, Carrie Callies, St. Louis, MO, Verdian Singleton, Oak Gove, LA, Abbey Meeks, Fort Worth, TX, Aurtha Mae Sanders, Kilbourne, LA, Diana McCoy, Ft. Worth, TX, Missionary Barbara O’Neal, Kansas City, MO. and Patricia Hatcher, Mansfield, TX; one brother-in-law, Albert (Seritha) Jenkins Jr., Nashville, TN; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Apostle Dr George Emeal Swanagan 2018. Harrison’s Memorial Chapel, Inc. – formerly Harrison’s Funeral Home Inc Orange Mound Chapel
Death notice for the town of: Memphis, state: TN