James D. Swords, 73, of Guntersville, Alabama, died Tuesday, December 29, 2020. surrounded by his loved ones.
Born January 12, 1947, he grew up in the East Lake neighborhood with his parents and three brothers. He attended and graduated from Marshall County High School, where he was an outstanding football player and athlete.
After attending Jacksonville State University, he began working in jewelry sales locally, then eventually established his own chain of jewelry stores throughout Nashville, Tennessee.
After many years, James and his wife, Cicely, returned home to Guntersville where he opened his own local jewelry business, Swords Diamond Shop, serving the people of Guntersville, Albertville and Boaz.
Besides his love for people and jewelry, he loved his involvement in the community. He was highly involved in leadership of the Guntersville Chapter of Civitans, the Marshall County Reunion Committee for the Class of 1965, and all aspects of the First Baptist Church of Guntersville. James loved his family widely and deeply.
He is survived by his wife, Cicely Shaw Swords; son, Josh Swords (Kim) of Tuscaloosa; daughter, Calley Swords Kutner (David) of Guntersville; grandchildren, Miller and Allee Belle of Guntersville, Caroline and Joshua Swords Jr. of Tuscaloosa; his brother, Gary Swords (Debbie) of Guntersville and Steven Swords (Lenora) of Guntersville; and many loved nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Vinnie Swords and his brother Thomas Swords, all of Guntersville.
A celebration of life gathering was Saturday, January 2, from 12:00-2:00 PM with the funeral following at First Baptist Church- Guntersville.
In his memory, contributions may be made to Civitan International (www.civitan.org or One Civitan Place, Birmingham, AL 35213-0744); or Apple Foundation (www.applegrants.org or PO Box 921, Guntersville, AL 35976).