Obituary of Raymond Hobert Sweat
Raymond Hobert Sweat was born on July 10, 1932 in Monroe, Michigan. He was one of three sons born to the union of Vonnie Hobert and Rosa Evelyn (Cox) Sweat. Ray was a graduate of Ida High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict where he earned a Bronze Star. On December 30, 1963 he wed the former Bobbie Faye Yoakum in New Tazewell, Tennessee. The couple enjoyed fifty-eight years of marriage and were blessed with a son and two daughters. A talented carpenter, Ray was employed by the Carpenters Union Local 1301 in Monroe for more than thirty years before retiring in 1988.
Ray utilized his carpentry skills building ramps for those in need as a volunteer for the United Way’s Project Ramp. He also enjoyed exploring the creative side of woodworking, making many bird decoys and décor. One of Ray’s favorite places to be was outside working in his yard meticulously maintaining the landscaping. A loving father and grandfather, he never missed his grandchildren’s ball games or band concerts.
As an active member of the Baptist faith, Ray taught Sunday School at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church and served as treasurer of the Southeastern Baptist Association for many years. He brought the Gospel of the Lord to the sick and elderly by arranging church services for nursing home residents for twenty years. Ray read his Bible and church literature frequently. He also kept up the news of the day. A music lover, he especially enjoyed Gospel singing.
Raymond Hobert Sweat, age 89, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday; December 21, 2021. His passing was preceded by his parents; brother: Richard Sweat; sister in-law: Helen Sweat; and niece Janet Sweat.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife: Bobbie Faye Sweat; children: Jennifer (David L.) Revels, Carolyn (Timothy) Guy, and Daniel (Robin) Sweat; grandchildren: Jacob (Sydnee) Revels, Elijah Revels, Joy Revels, Anthony Guy, and Michael Guy; brother: Robert “Bob” (Lynn) Sweat; sister in-law: Debbie Sweat; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may gather on Tuesday; December 28, 2021 from 2:00pm-7:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe; 14567 South Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan 48161 (734) 241-7070. Raymond will lie in state from 10:00 until 11:00am on Wednesday; December 29, 2021 at Heritage Baptist Church, 612 Strasburg Road, Monroe, Michigan 48161. A Worship Service Celebrating His Life will take place at 11:00am followed by procession to Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle for burial.
The family would like to thank Promedica Home Care and Hospice, especially Tamara, Beth, Troy, and Kim for their loving care.
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