Swanzy, Kenny A.

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.

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Dallas, Texas 75252






13 replies on “Swanzy, Kenny A.”

Charlene Freeman says:

Russ,I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. You’ve lost both parents with in a year or so. God bless your family at this time of grief. Love you and will be praying for you all. Charlene,Jackie and Anthony.

Michael J. Rizzo says:

RIP kenny Swanzy God Bless.

peggy lee says:

You are in our thoughts and prayers. I fell so bad for your families. It seems like you have been through so much this year. I’ll miss kenny we all had some great times together

Lisa Hutchins says:

Russ and Mike, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this time. It is hard when both of your parents pass away. I’m learning this now.God bless you and keep you and your family in your time of grief and may God give you all peace. We love you guys, Lisa, Aaron , Alex and Micayla

Tonya Gilson says:

RIP Pops…you made a positive impact on anyone who had the pleasure of having you in their lives..GOD BLESS

kathy kay swanzy says:

Its hard to belive they r all gone…i miss all those times we shared togather,god has a plan for all of us. Kenny was always my favorite he always made me laugh and he took up for me a few times when richard got out of hand..gonna miss you so much rest in peace…i love you kenny

Larry Rogers says:

Michael and Russ my heart goes out to the both of you and y’alls family’s. I am thankful that I had time with him here on eatth.
Kenny RIP my brother.

Angie Swanzy says:

Mike, Russ, We have always been a close Family! Your Dad was my Dad and my Dad was yours! I have never looked to either one of you as a cousin but as my Brothers and I share your pain and your loss! We are stronger together and I cannot wait for all of us to be under the same roof again. We will Remember and Celebrate his life the way the Swanzy’s do it! That is who we are! Food, Music and a cold one! I love you both and I pray God will help you deal with this sudden loss and also the recent loss of your Mother! If you need me for anything, I am always here for both of you!

Brittany Swanzy says:

Love u poppy!! I miss u so much! I will always have the memory of you tellin me all I said when I was little was that my birthday was September 8th lol. Another memory I remember you and the family telling was when I stood up on a bar while everyone was stuffing dollar bills in my diaper! Thanks poppy for the wonderful time we had together! Love Always and Forever Brittany!

Kim Kroha says:

Russ & Michael you guys and your families have been through so much the past few months. I know your hearts are hurting, but please know both your parents loved you very much and now they are in no more pain. I have really good memories of your dad when I was little. I’m praying for you both!

Valerie Hawkins says:

I work with Angela and I wanted to express my sincerest thoughts and prayers for your family. May God bless you and comfort each of you.

Larry Rogers Jr. says:

Our Dads were best Buds! That relationship turned into Brothers, just as we have over all these years! We have grown up together through many Gatherings throughout the years and I would not dare miss being there for the both of you in Celebrating and Remembering your Dad! Love you both!

scherrie kiser says:

so sorry to hear about Kenny,he and I did a lot of laughting at the tradewinds. he always had a smile.he was a very sweet person. so sorry for the lost. my prays go to the whole family

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