JAMES EDWARD SWEATMAN
James Edward “Jim” Sweatman went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Monday, March 19, 2018. He was 86. He was born to Eddie Wesley and Lota Ellis Sweatman on September 28, 1931, in Camden, Arkansas. He graduated from Camden High School in 1949 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving for over five years. He spent three years of his service as a Staff Sergeant in Germany. He married Patricia Jean Morgan of Camden, Arkansas, in August 1955, whom he loved and cherished for 62 years until his death. In 1960, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. During his university years, he began work for International Paper Company where, upon completion of his engineering degree, he worked as a construction and start-up engineer, assisting in the design of electrical systems for paper mills in Spring Hill, Louisiana; Vicksburg, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama; Texarkana, Texas; and Mansfield, Louisiana. He worked for many years in the corporate office in Mobile, Alabama, where he established maintenance training and monitoring for the company. He also later worked in the company’s Equipment and Reliability Department, traveling to paper mills throughout the United States and in Colombia, South America. He was a lifetime member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
He believed upon and became a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1955, joining the First Baptist Church of Camden, Arkansas. In 1964, he was ordained as a Deacon at the Cullendale First Baptist Church, also in Camden, Arkansas, a ministry in which he served faithfully in the churches he belonged to for the rest of his life. He joined Spring Hill Baptist Church when he was transferred to Mobile, Alabama, in 1980, where, in addition to deacon ministry, he also worked in the third-grade children’s Sunday School department and served faithfully for many years as a member of the Sanctuary Choir.
In his leisure time, he enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed travel; playing golf, NASCAR races, train lore, auto mechanics and fixing anything else that was broken.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie Wesley and Lota Ellis Sweatman of Camden, Arkansas; two sisters, Florille Jordy of Fallon, Nevada, and Martha Ruth Mann of Ferriday, Louisiana; and grandson, Aaron Sweatman of Van Buren, Arkansas.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, of the home; three children: Layne Perkins of Mobile, Alabama; Kent Sweatman and his wife, Sarah, of Van Buren, Arkansas; and Morgan Sweatman and his wife, Dru, of Mobile, Alabama; five grandchildren: Jeff Perkins of Atlanta, Texas; Jenny Adkins and her husband, Steven, of Versailles, Kentucky; Adam Sweatman and his wife, Victoria, of Tallahassee, Florida; Andrew Sweatman and his wife, Allison, of Cabot, Arkansas; and Matthew Sweatman of Mobile, Alabama; six great grandchildren: Simon Adkins, Anna Adkins and Claire Adkins of Versailles, Kentucky; Rosie Sweatman and Beau Sweatman of Cabot, Arkansas; and Henry Sweatman of Tallahassee, Florida. He is also survived by numerous other nephews, nieces and extended family members, as well as a host of fellow church members and friends.
Services will include a private burial at Mobile Memorial Gardens followed by visitation at 1:00 PM and a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 23, 2018, at Spring Hill Baptist Church, 2 South McGregor Avenue, Mobile, Alabama, with the Reverend Terry Richey officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Orchestra Fund at Spring Hill Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.mobilememorialfunerals.com.
I was so sorry to hear about your dad. God bless you and your family and know our prayers are with you. I know your dad is smiling down and wants you all to rejoice for him. God be with you. Love always.
Carol WestbrookAtlanta, TX
James and I were friends for several years. We met at Planet Fitness, he loved working out and picking at me. He was a committed christian and dearly loved the Lord. He also loved his wife very much and his family, kids, grandkids etc. I will miss seeing James in the mornings at P.F. he was also an encourager and very funny, what a sense of humor. I know you made a safe trip home, glad for you, Mr James....
Don Owen WellsMobile, AL
We send wishes for peace for the entire family. Though not acquainted with Mr. Sweatman, we know his faith, intelligence and commitment to excellence live on through his family, including his granddaughter (Jenny). May he rest in peace.
Interstate Commission for Juveniles StaffLexington, KY
Our deepest condolences to the family!
Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort at this time of grief. He will be forever remembered.
Thu and Lien LeOkemos, MI
Our deepest condolences to the Sweatman family!
Thu & Lien LeOkemos, MI
My deepest condolences to Morgan, Dru and Matthew!
Donna BrandtNorth Augusta, SC
L. Neil YoungSCOTTSBORO, AL
My thoughts and prayers are with the family!
Jessie Sweatman WilsonSylva, NC
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.
Jerre StricklandDaphne, AL
I was so sorry to learn of the loss of Mr. Sweatman. I have many wonderful memories of him as a child when you all lived in Camden, and then the years that followed when you all began to transfer with IPCO, and would return to Camden to celebrate holidays. He will be deeply missed. I know you all look forward to the day when you will see him again. May the Lord bless and keep you as you cope with this great loss.
Angela Livingston GrovesCamden, AR
He was a gentleman and a wonderful man of God. Our lives were richer from having known him... He will be missed by all who knew him...
Renee HeltonMobile, AL
We are so sorry for your loss, as is Betty Mann. Praying for Peace and Strength for all of you during this difficult time.
Michelle and Mark MannLittle Rock, AR
I wish to extend my condolences to the family in their loss of, Jim. He hired me 43 years ago at the Texarkana Mill. I was one of his Instrument/electrical men in the power house. When I first met him in 1975 we spoke together about the Lord Jesus and were good friends. I appreciated him for his Christian stance and his treatment of his men. I thank God for his Christian witness and our many years of friendship.
Nickie StevensLake Charles, LA
I was blessed to have had Mr. Sweatman as one of my two first supervisors at Tx Mill and to have known your beautiful family, Pat, Layne, Kent, and Morgan. Jim Sweatman always took the high road and was not just respected but was also loved by fellow employees as well as wherever life took him. Dearest Pat, I shall always fondly remember your generosity and kindness to my family and how Mr. Sweatman actually stood physically in protecting my son and me from harm one night long ago. Much love always. Jim Sweatman has been a great man here with us on earth and we look forward to meeting him again when we go HOME.
Iris SolomonQueen City, TX