July 27, 1953 - January 24, 2014
Kenny A. Swanzy, of Oak Cliff, passed away peacefully on the morning of January 24, 2014. He was 60 years old. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Kenneth and Alene Swanzy and his three brothers, Danny Swanzy, Brian Swanzy and Richard Swanzy.
He is survived by son, Thomas R. Swanzy (Russell) and wife Jenny. Son, Michael Swanzy and wife Gloria. Niece Angela Swanzy and husband Larry Rogers. Nephew Steven Swanzy wife Dolores and Nephews Chad Swanzy, Danny Swanzy and Phillip Swanzy. Kenny had 8 grandchildren that he loved very much, Brittany, Chelse, Clarissa, Christin, Jacob, Jayden, Allison, Madison Swanzy and a great grandson Ryan. A day did not go by that he would not ask how all his babies are doing and that he loved them.
Like his father before him, Kenny was a painter. He had his own business for a some time and did all types of work in the DFW area. Russ and Mike got the chance to work with him a lot and learned some very valuable skills. One thing Dad always said is that if we learn a trade we’ll always be able to make a living.
Kenny lived most of his life in Oak Cliff, moving there from Tyler, TX in the early 1970’s. Kenny graduated from Sunset High School in 1972. He and his four brothers loved playing music from an early age. Kenny and Danny were in a couple of bands together as teens and when Brian and Richard learned their instruments the four of them made a great band. As they grew older and began their families they still played together every chance they could. It was always exciting when we knew all four of them would be together to spend time and play music. Granny and Pawpaw were their biggest fans…listening for hours even though it was “too loud” and not their type of music. We remember countless times as kids that the house was full of family and friends as Kenny and his brothers played music for hours.
We have many friends and family members that are saddened by the loss of Kenny. But those of us who knew him best would know he would not want us to mourn. Instead, he would want us to be together as a family, have some food and some beers and relive good times together.
True to his spirit, instead of a funeral there will be an open house type gathering for friends and family at Mike Swanzy’s home on Friday, January 31st from 6-8pm.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252