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In Loving Memory of William Arnold Swindall Sr.
William Arnold Swindall Sr., a cherished father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, was born on May 7th, 1947, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to the late Letava Williams and was lovingly raised by John C. Williams. He was the eldest of seven siblings, and from an early age, Arnold displayed a remarkable sense of responsibility and care for his family.
Arnold's journey through life was marked by dedication and service. He received his education in Oklahoma City and proudly graduated from Douglas High School in the class of 1965. Shortly thereafter, he answered the call to serve his country and joined the U.S. Army, where he served with honor and pride.
In 1968, Arnold entered into Holy matrimony with Brenda Homer, and together they embarked on a life journey filled with love and shared dreams. Their union was blessed with the arrival of three wonderful sons, and Arnold embraced fatherhood with the same devotion that he carried in every aspect of his life.
While serving in the Army, Arnold's love for basketball became evident, and he shared this passion with his sons. He was a dedicated presence in the stands at their sporting events, not only cheering on his own children but also supporting the entire team. This tradition would later extend to his grandchildren, where he continued to be their biggest fan.
Arnold's faith played an important role in his life, and he was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, where he was baptized under the leadership of the late Pastor Provo. His spiritual journey was a source of strength and guidance.
Throughout his professional life, Arnold worked diligently as a dock worker for Transcon Freight Company, dedicating many years to his job before eventually retiring. In retirement, he embraced a new role as a doting grandfather, taking his grandchildren on adventures to the zoo, McDonald's, and even to Coney Island for hot dogs. His grandkids lovingly teased him, saying, "You don't have no job, Papa," to which he would respond with a smile, "Yes, I do. I work in the big blue building," creating a cherished household joke.
Arnold was also known for his annual July 4th picnic celebrations, where family and friends could always count on great food, fellowship, and family fun. These gatherings became a beloved tradition that brought joy to everyone fortunate enough to attend.
On Saturday, September 30th, Arnold was called to Glory, reuniting with his parents, John C. Williams and Letava Williams, and his siblings, John Curtis Williams, Donald Williams, Kenneth Williams, Linda Williams, and Janice Williams-Grayson, who had preceded him in death.
Arnold's memory will forever be cherished by his four sons: William Arnold Swindall Jr., Lamont D. Swindall (Tina), Shawn Swindall, and Jared Martin (Roblyn). He is also survived by his loving sister, Alice McCarty of Oklahoma City, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
As we mourn the loss of William Arnold Swindall Sr., let us also celebrate the rich tapestry of his life, filled with love, service, and joyful moments. His legacy lives on in the hearts of those he touched, and he will be dearly missed but never forgotten.
Rest in Peace, dear Arnold, and may your soul find eternal peace in the loving arms of the Divine.
The family of the late William Arnold Swindall Sr. wishes to express our deepest gratitude and heartfelt appreciation for the outpouring of love, support, and kindness shown to us during this challenging time of loss. Your presence and acts of compassion have provided us with solace and strength as we remember and honor the life of our beloved William Arnold Swindall Sr.
Your thoughtfulness was evident in the beautiful flowers and the comforting words of prayer that graced our lives during this period of mourning. Your presence at the service and your condolences on heartfelt cards brought us a measure of comfort that words cannot adequately express.
We are immensely grateful for the care and support provided by the staff at Teal Creek Assisted Living, Complete Hospice, and Mercy Hospital Hospice. Your dedication and compassion made a significant difference in William Arnold's final journey, and we are deeply appreciative.
We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Marion McGee-King, Traci Burton, and Leigha Burton for their unwavering support and assistance during this time.
In times of sorrow, the kindness and support of family and friends shine as a beacon of hope. Your presence, your words, and your actions have touched our hearts, and we are comforted by your love and prayers.
Your love and care have been a source of strength for us, and we will forever be grateful for your compassion during this difficult time. Your thoughtfulness has been a balm to our grieving hearts, and we thank you from the depths of our souls.
With heartfelt appreciation,
The Family of William Arnold, Sr.