Ernest Swoopes Sr.

Ernest Swoopes Sr.

Thursday February 28th, 1952 - Tuesday December 22nd, 2020
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Ernest A. Swoopes, Sr. 68, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020, in Chattanooga. He was a graduate of Howard High School, class of 1971. He was retired from McCallie School and worked at Unum for several years. Mr. Swoopes was a member of Stephen Temple Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Ernest loved to play the drums. He was a carpenter and painter. He loved to draw, dance, and sing. He was family-oriented with Mildred Lollis being his “road dog”. He was a man of great faith and loved his church. Ernest loved cooking and was quite the dresser.

He was preceded in death by his parents John B. and Minnie Swoopes; brother, Wilton Swoopes.

He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Jenifer Swoopes; daughter, Chemaram Swoopes; son, Ernest Swoopes, Jr; granddaughters, Chamia and Tamaya Parks; sisters, Sheila Swoopes, of New Jersey; Mildred Lollis, Nancy Swoopes Terror, Loleta (Will) Elder; nieces, Shanel Lollis, LaShonda Tutt, Marietta, GA; nephew Kevin Lollis, Dalton, GA; Nieces and nephews, LaQuane Lollis, LaPrisha Holloway, LaNisha Holloway, Ódarrius Lollis, Kirra Lollis, Andrea Abernathy, Brittany Kirby, Stontionna Fulghum, and Christopher Higgen; a host of cousins, friends, and other relatives; special friends, Deacon Michael Prater, and A.L. Nance, of Memphis, TN.

Public viewing will be, 9:00 AM-12noon, Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the funeral home. A private family funeral will be held. Interment: Highland Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995
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Howard Sales

Posted at 01:04am
Sending my sincere condolences to the family of Ernest Swoopes,Sr. May God be with you all during this time, Trust in God and he will give you the strength to get through. Rest in peace my classmate, friend, coworker, and your former manager at Unum.

Howard L. Sales, HHS Class of 1971

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Janice Estes

Posted at 07:56pm
My sincere condolences to my family for the loss of a great man with such a great Spirit! You will be missed Dearly Ernest. RIH.

Brenda Sims

Posted at 06:34pm
Sending my condolences to the family remembering Ernest from the neighborhood from where we grew up, he lived on Polk Street and I lived on 52nd Street he will be truly miss.

Brenda Sims Posted at 03:13pm

My brother Earl Jones wants to send his condolences to the family as well he said Ernest was a very good person he will be truly miss.

Teresa Roach

Posted at 02:44pm
Ernest you will be missed by all your co-workers at C&W Services. You brought in so much laughter and kept out spirts high on a daily basis. We never knew what was coming next with your stories. They always brought a good laugh.

Miss you buddy!

Teresa Roach


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