Our friend and fellow beekeeper Arlis Swafford passed away on May 23, 2017. Arlis was a very active and ardent supporter of beekeepers and beekeeping – participating in and helping to start and lead several associations in middle TN. He will be missed very much.
Arlis arranged for Susan Qualls to send the following out to the Overton County beekeepers email list, but I imagine that it applies to all of his beekeeping friends…
“Thank you for allowing me to learn with you over the past 9 years. I’m at the end of my beekeeping life so I challenge you to carry on for the club . We always need more good beekeepers. My life has been enriched by having such a wonderful supportive wife and good beekeeping friends. If you could think of one good thing that I have done, that will be a good way to be remembered. Continue to become better beekeepers and please continue our community outreach. Read, read read.
It saddens me to realize that outside of beekeeping I didn’t get to know Arlis better than I did. But I do know this – he was a knowledgeable and experienced beekeeper, and he was willing to use his abilities to help other people, and he did so quite often. He certainly earned my respect – as well of that of many others. He was also just a Good Guy, friendly and good-natured, willing to lend a hand – a pleasure to be around.
The Swafford family is planning a private ceremony.
I have no other details whatsoever at this time – the listing on the Livingston Funeral Home website can be found here.