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Monday, September 18, 2023
10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)
A Graveside service for Bobbye Farrar Swearengin, 93, of Heflin, Louisiana, will be held on Monday, September 18, 2023, at Bistineau Cemetery, 195 Bistineau Road, Heflin, Louisiana, at 10:00 a.m. Officiating the service will be Brother Ronald Derbonne.
Bobbye Farrar Swearengin was born on August 16, 1930, to Thomas Alvin and May Elizabeth Moran, in Many, Louisiana, and passed away Thursday, September 14, 2023, in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Bobbye was an incredibly beautiful woman both inside and out who had a flare for cooking and a passion for her family. She owned and operated a small diner in Zwolle, Louisiana for many years. She married Homer Farrar, an Army veteran, at the age of 17, in 1947. Together they lived a full and amazing life with one another raising their three lovely daughters and watching them venture out and start families of their own. On April 10, 2001, they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary together, and just four short months later, with her daughters beside her, they laid him to rest in August. She later met Mr. James Swearengin, a Navy Veteran, and they married in 2005. She sadly lost him in less than two years on October 9, 2007. Bobbye absolutely loved her family and spending time with them. She loved holidays and decorating for them. She would go all out and even a little overboard, but she loved the festivities and getting everyone involved. Her happiest times were getting the whole family together at her house. She looked for every reason she could to entertain. She found peace and pleasure in fishing and just being near the water. She was quite the fisherwoman, and she caught some really big ones in her day. One of her greatest catches was a largemouth bass that was nearly the same size she was. After catching a mess of fish, she would get the whole family together for a fish fry. She would fry them up and cook up some delicious fixings to go with them. She made the very best banana pudding this side of the Mississippi, and she could have fed the royals her famous roast and gravy. She loved cooking and she poured her heart and soul into every single meal or dessert she ever made. She liked to wind down and relax with a good book and a cat curled up on her lap. She enjoyed putting puzzles together and doing crosswords, playing dominoes, and crocheting. She loved going out to eat, traveling, and spending time with the ones she loved. Her family was her greatest accomplishment. They brought so much joy and happiness to her life as she did to theirs. She will be greatly missed by them all.
Bobbye is preceded in death by her parents; Thomas and May Moran; husbands, Homer Farrar, and James Swearengin; six brothers; and three sisters. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters; Dale Furniss and husband, Kenneth, Carolyn Derbonne and husband, Ronald, Sharon Foster and husband, Ralph; four grandchildren, Lisa Bustillo, Shelly Farrar, Shivonne Derbonne, and Joe Cochran; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other loved ones.
Honoring Bobbye as pallbearer will be Joe Cochran, Ralph Foster, and Jason Bustillo. Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Kenneth Furniss.
The family would like to express special thanks to the staff at Life Path Hospice for the love, care, and compassion they showed to Bobbye and her family.