Richard "Peter" Swinton entered eternal rest on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at his residence on South Main Street, Sumter.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1946, a son of the late Richard and Julia Mae James Swinton. Peter or Pete, as he was fondly called, received his education in the public schools of Sumter County. He worked at Pioneer for many years and was later employed with Gold Kist, where he retired from in 2006. Peter committed his life to Christ at an early age. He first attended Salem Baptist Church, Sumter, for many years. He later became a member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church and was a devoted and faithful member until his death. He was also a faithful and loyal member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Golden Age Ministry and the kitchen committee. Peter was a dedicated member of the choir and other ministries as well. Peter loved the Lord, his family and church members. He was an honest and straightforward person in his interactions with everyone. He was there for anyone who needed help and spiritual encouragement.

Peter was a great singer and loved singing with the church choir. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten by his family, friends, church and community.

He leaves behind: uncles, Benjamin (Dollie) Swinton of Sumter, Roosevelt (Naomi) Swinton of Sumter, Harry (Daisy) Swinton of Huntsville, Alabama, and Robert Lee (Genevie) Swinton of Portsmouth, Virginia; sister, Thomasina Swinton of Sumter; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward "Bubba" Swinton and Allen Swinton; and four sisters, Lucille "Cille" Swinton, Mary Lee Ramsey, Janie Mae Swinton and Loretta Isaac.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.

Mr. Swinton will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. on Monday until the hour of service.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Marion H. Newton officiating. Interment will follow at Walker Cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at the home of his nephew, 35 Albert Spears Drive, Sumter.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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