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Charles Frederick Swepston, 71, of Lynchburg died Sunday, October 6, 2019. He was the husband of Rosilyn Gunter Swepston for 23 years.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his children Suzanne Fetters (husband, Bob), Elijah Swepston, Kayne Foutz (wife, Holly), Nathan Foutz (wife, Tammie), Jesse Foutz (wife, Alyssa), Sara Foutz-Harlor (husband, Brian); grandchildren, Nikki, Jessica, Bobby, Taylor, Maddie, Gavin, Olivia, Brooklyn and Grayson; great-grandson, David; brother-in-law, Thomas and nephews, Ryan and Nicholas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Swepston, mother, Glenna Swepston, and a son Chad Swepston.

Charles voluntarily joined USMC in 1966 and proudly served 4 years, including 2 tours in Vietnam.  A purple heart recipient and junior college graduate, he selflessly served as a crisis counselor for 25 years.  He worked through his retirement at COVER as resident expert in PTSD counseling.  Charles joined Rivermont Baptist Church in 1998 and faithfully served as a deacon and substance abuse leader in Celebrate Recovery.  He continued to serve and supply food at the Connecting Point until the day he went Home.

Charles’ hobbies included his passion for hiking mountains, working outdoors and his “glorious” bike rides on the parkway.  Charles loved to read and engage in purposeful conversation.  He loved to share his testimony with those in unfortunate circumstances and would go out of his way to help anyone he could.

His life was a beautiful example of our Lord Jesus Christ in that he had a deep understanding of human nature and showed Grace and Mercy to all he met.  He will be deeply missed by his family and friends, though we celebrate his place among the saints with his Savior and Lord Jesus.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Gospel Community Church Rivermont.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Gospel Community Church Rivermont with Pastor Andrew Moroz officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory of Lynchburg is assisting the family.

 

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Posted by:
Steve Bozeman

Posted on:
February 11, 2021

"We have an old tradition I believe to be Marine Corps wide, it's one that salutes our brothers who have passed to the other side. A single rose by a turn down glass resides at the table's end, a tiny bit of nostalgia and a tribute to absent friends. Each in his turn will look that way and each with his cup a brim, each will remember a fellow Marine, as there's Frank, Tommy or Charles. There are those names that escape us and those we can't recall, long history dims identity, but we drink to them one and all. When my earthly life is over and to the table's end I pass, future Marines will remember and turn down an empty glass." Semper Fi Charles.

Posted by:
Leonard E. Smith

Posted on:
October 13, 2019

I have known Charles "Jughead" since childhood. We were friends at Hinton High School and after graduation went our separate ways (Marines for him and Navy for me). When I talked to him by phone approximately a year ago, he told me about loving to bike ride and his relationship with God. I'm sure he was a blessing to many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Posted by:
Connie Cox

Posted on:
October 10, 2019

Keeping Roz and family in my thoughts and sending my sympathies. Hold on to all the wonderful memories and may those slowly ease the loss that fills you now.

Posted by:
Ed Yates

Posted on:
October 10, 2019

Charles and I grew up together, played ball, went to school and were like brothers. After he joined the Marine Corps I moved from Hinton but a couple of years later we were stationed together in the Marine Corps. He was truly a hero in his military and civilian life that defined his position in life. Condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by:
Dan Helms

Posted on:
October 9, 2019

Charles " Jughead " and his parents were our neighbors when I was a kid. They were good folks. He was always nice to me the little neighbor kid. Remember his going into the Marines and thankful for his service. Had not seen him in years but see he has left a good testimony. Looking forward to meeting him in Heaven.

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Bill & Joanne Greene

Posted on:
October 9, 2019

We were deeply saddened to hear of Charles\' passing. Although we never met him, Joanne and I feel that we know him some through Roz. Roz, we are thinking of you and Elijah in this difficult time.

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Ken & Carla Wills

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October 9, 2019

We were sorry to hear of Charles' passing, but we know he is with Jesus now. We have fond memories of our visit with Charles & Roz, & going to church with them on Sunday morning while we were in the area some time ago. We are so glad we had that special time together, as well as remembering Charles at the Swepston family reunions in years past. We are praying for Roz, Elijah & the rest of the family. Carla (Charles' cousin) & husband, Ken

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Tom Briers

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October 9, 2019

So sorry to see about Charles “Jughead’s” passing. I knew him well as a youngster , and I am pleased to see that he lived a full life of service, including his Marine Corps service to his country. He was a friend and admired for his commitment to his service.

 

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