Daryl L. Swavely, 63, truck driver, architectural draftsman, award-winning vocalist

By on December 7, 2016

Daryl Lee Swavely, 63, went home to be with the Lord peacefully at his home in Sierra Vista, Ariz., early morning Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, his wife beside him.

Daryl succumbed to a five-year battle with ALS. He was born May 29, 1953, in Reading, the son of Ethel M. Day and William C. Swavely of Boyertown.

He made his final home in Arizona but was a long time resident of both the Boyertown and the Ephrata areas.

Most of Daryl’s vocational history was truck driving and architectural drafting. He earned an associates degree in Auto CAD at YTI, York; and a degree in theology through Liberty Baptist College, Lynchburg, Va.

His real passion was music. He was named best overall vocalist in the 1981-82 National Hemisphere Show Biz competition, and nominated Male Vocalist of the Year by the Southern Gospel Music Association. He gave up secular music for spreading the gospel through Christian music. Daryl loved preaching and ministering through music, and went on to record some of his own gospel songs on his CD “Desert Rain.” He attended Harvest Fellowship Church, Ephrata.

Daryl was preceded in death by his parents; cousins: Raymond Mest Jr. and Jeffrey Mest of Douglassville; and granddaughter: Sarah J. Langley of Caldwell, Ohio.

He is survived by wife: Tina L. (Gehris); daughter: Rhonda L. Springer of Valparaiso, Ind.; sons: Kevin L. Swavely of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Brian W. Sell of Fayetteville, N.C.; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a stepbrother: Scott; stepsisters: Patricia and Christie, of the Boyertown area.

A memorial service was held Oct. 29 at Grace Chapel in Benson, Ariz.

Online condolences may be offered at hatfieldfh.com. Hatfield Funeral Home, Sierra Vista, Ariz., handled the arrangements.

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