James W. Sweney, 95, of Slater, died Saturday, July 29, 2006, at the Big Bend Retreat Nursing Home in Slater.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Slater Presbyterian Church. Rev. Pam Sebastian will officiate. Bethany Weiker, organist, will accompany the congregation in singing "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace." Burial will be in the Lake Charles Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis. Pallbearers will be Joe Clements, Jr., William Horgan, Josh Clements, Gerald Kitchen, Joel Clements and Phil Sebastian. Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born Jan. 9, 1911, in Kansas City, Kan., he was the son of the late William L. and Nannie Huff Sweney. On May 20, 1934, in Marshall, he married Opal A. Aldredge and she preceded him in death on June 25, 1964. On Dec. 19, 1970, in St. Louis, he married Essie Mae McClarney and she preceded him in death on November 13, 1997.
He is survived by two step-daughters, Sharon Wecker, of Weaton, Ill. and Sandra Bradbury of Worcester, Mass.; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Johnson and a step-son, William Clark.
He was a member and elder of the Slater Presbyterian Church, where he had held numerous church offices. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Post No. 78 in Slater. He is a past president of the Slater Chamber of Commerce. He owned and operated Sweney Furniture Store in Slater from 1954 until his retirement in 1977. He was active in civic and community development in Slater and spent most of his life in Slater.