William Arnall Swindell, 80, of Long County was called to his eternal resting place with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 30, 2022. A servant of the Lord he devoted his life to his family, friends and church and was always there to help anyone in need. Arnall was a loving and faithful husband to Frances for 52 years and her passing in 2017 left him longing to be reunited with her in eternity. Their love and devotion to each other was the foundation of their home, where they raised four daughters he was so proud of: Karen Swindell of Ludowici, Kimberly Dasher of Millen, Amy (Alex) Rogers of Glennville, and April Swindell of Glennville. Arnall loved to spend time talking and hearing all about the lives of his grandchildren: Will Dasher of Evans, Beth Dasher of Glennville and Allison (Josh) Sapp of Glennville. He loved singing and swinging with his two great grandchildren River Lynn and Blakely Sapp. Arnall was a loyal brother and brother-in-law to Carolyn Swindell of Guyton, Earl and Hilda Swindell of Glennville, Wanda Swindell of Glennville, Emily Love of Brunswick, Leron and Carolyn Swindell of Statesboro, Danny and Laura Mummey of Ludowici, Bernard and JoAnn Mummey of Hinesville and Kathy and Gary Eckman of Ludowici. He was a loving uncle who treated nieces and nephews as his own children and loved spending time with them as often as he could. Arnall is preceded in death by his wife, Frances Swindell, his parents Wallace Leroy and Ruby Deloach Swindell, brothers Delmar and Albert Swindell and sister Naomi Swindell.
Arnall served more than 30 years working with the Georgia Department of Transportation in the Office of Materials and Testing where he made lifelong friends. He was also a member of the Georgia Army National Guard and was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant, after serving an active duty deployment during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. During his tenure with the Georgia National Guard he was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Army Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Components Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Marksman Badge, and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon.
Growing up as the son of a sharecropper, Arnall realized that hard work and determination was the only way to ensure his girls would have the opportunities he did not. In his humility he gently reminded his family daily, “Make me proud”. Words not meant to push for worldly success but meant to remind them where they come from, to never forget to be humble and kind, to always look for opportunities to help others not as fortunate, and to love everyone as God loves us. Arnall lived his faith out daily and was a true servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. He served in his church, Little Rock Baptist Church as Sunday School Teacher and Director, Song Director, Vacation Bible School Director, Treasurer and was on numerous committees throughout the last 60 years. Not just a servant of the Lord but a student of His word, Arnall spent every day reading God’s word and praising God in song. His favorite things in life were watching birds, spending time with family and talking about how good his God had been to him and his family. If Arnall knew you, he loved you and would be a friend you could always turn to for any need.
The family will receive friends and loved ones at 1:00 pm, Monday, January 2, 2023, followed by funeral services at 3:00 pm at the Chapel of Brannen-Kennedy Funeral Home with Rev Shon Cunningham and Rev Curt Tootle officiating. Burial will follow in the Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Care and Services are entrusted to Brannen-Kennedy Funeral Home, Glennville, Georgia.