Samuel Enoch Swaney, age 15, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 27, 2015. Samuel was loved by many and touched many lives in his short time with us. He was known for his contagious smile that could light up the whole room. Samuel was in ninth grade at South Gwinnett High School. His favorite subjects were science and social studies. Samuel’s first love was baseball where he was known as “Sammy” and played since age 5. He proudly wore #26 and his family were his biggest fans. He participated on a travel team and was looking forward to playing full time high school baseball for the South Gwinnett Comets. He is survived by his parents, Dale Swaney (51) and Kay Crowe-Swaney (53) of Loganville, Georgia and his siblings Justin Swaney (26), Amanda Keys (26), Michael Keys (22) and Alayna Swaney (20). Also, survived by grandparents Clyde and Joy Swaney, Aunt Sheri Stevenson, and Aunt Deborah Spencer and Uncle Patrick Spencer, and Uncle Chris Swaney and Aunt Angela Swaney-Bruce. The viewing for Samuel is Friday, December 4, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 and the funeral service will be Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Wages and Sons, 1040 Main Street, Stone Mountain, Georgia. The Pastor Billy Coleman will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I taught Sam 7th grade Social Studies at Grace Snell. He was such a joy to teach. I remember his sweet smile and eagerness to learn. He loved telling me about his baseball games. The world has truly lost a wonderful young man. May God give comfort and peace to you and your family.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. Sammy was a wonderful kid and I am very glad that Hunter had the chance to get to know him on the baseball team this year. Hunter really enjoyed being around Sammy.

  3. I pray for comfort and peace for Dale, Kay, Amanda and Michael. I can’t tell you how sorry I am for your loss. It’s apparent what a amazing impact Samuel had on everyone. He surely will be missed. You all will continue to be in my prayers.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this most difficult time. We have so many unforgettable memories from baseball and from knowing your wonderful family over the past 10 years. The smile on Samuel’s face whenever we saw him will always stick in my mind. What a wonderful young man. I am so glad Matthew was fortunate enough to become friends with Sammy. He will be truly missed by all that were lucky enough to know him.

  5. There are absolutely no words….Sam was such a sweet and respectable boy, from the very first time we ( A’yell) met him at Norton,to Grace Snell and South. He never changed. As a mother I’m at a loss for words! However, You and your family are definitely in our thoughts and prayers. I pray that the most high gives your family strength, peace, understanding, and rest during this difficult time. Shaton and A’yell

  6. Dale and Kay and family, Our family sends your family lots of love and prayers during this most difficult time. Samuel was truly a special young man. He touched so many people in such positive ways. We will always remember his happy smile and fun times spent at Aunt Deborah’s. Heaven has received a very special angel. Please know that we are thinking of you guys and praying for peace and comfort. We love you guys.

  7. I also had the pleasure of teaching Sam in Math Specials at Rosebud. He was a joy to have in class. I know he’s left a lasting impression of many people. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  8. The memory of Sam will always be in my heart. He was truly a wonderful student. Every time I look at my Hello Kitty clipboard, I remember his beautiful smile and how happy he was when he gave it to me.

    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  9. Sweet Sam with his easy smile was one of my favorites in my fourth grade class. He loved Social Studies like me and also loved to tell me about his family and their heritage. He was so thoughtful, always asking about me, and remembering my favorite things. My heart hurts for the loss of this wonderful boy. My prayers and deepest sympathies are with your family.

  10. We are so sorry for your loss. It is unimaginable. We are thinking of you and praying for your family at this sad time.

  11. I had the pleasure of having Samuel in my second grade class. He was one of those students who you wish you could clone. Samuel was respectful, kind and always smiling. He loved his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  12. I got to know Samuel from car riders at Rosebud. While waiting for his mom to pick him up he talked to me about his day and anything else going on at the time. His smile was contagious!!! May you rest in peace sweet Samuel. Praying for the family during this difficult time.

  13. I remember Sam. He was one of the nicest students I ever had on News Crew. He was always so polite, friendly and just so personable. I am praying for peace and comfort for your family.

  14. Words can’t express how much we love you and how sorry we are for your loss. This world has lost a remarkable young man. Simply put, Sammy was awesome. He was a leader. He was a joy. He played the game we all love with unbelievable passion. Our time with you all on EAB will never be forgotten. We are blessed to have known and loved Sammy. We are blessed to know you all.
    I see you two-six!
    Debbie, David, Sam, Max, and Luke Darling

  15. Words can never express my sorrow for your family. Please lean on Jesus in your time of sorrow. I pray for you and your loss.

    Sammy, was always a joy to be around, always smiling and always with that quick wit. He will be missed

  16. Dale and kay we are so very sorry for your lost ,our prayers go out to whole family ,love you guys were here if you need us ,pam and billy

  17. We’re so sorry to read of the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you through the days ahead. God bless your family.

  18. We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your precious son Sammy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, now and in the future.

  19. I have no words to express the sadness I feel for your family at the tragic loss of your beautiful son, brother and nephew. I remember the energetic, outgoing 6 year old that I met on the day of his 6th birthday. What joy he brought you all! I hope the memories of this special child will bring you peace as you struggle to deal with life without him. My thoughts are with you and my heart aches for you. May you find the strength and peace that will sustain you. Much love, Cathi

  20. On behalf of the faculty, students, and staff at South Gwinnett High School, I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family. Sam was an amazing student athlete who loved life and loved being a Comet. We pray that his memories bring you peace as you deal with his loss on earth. While the void of Sam’s body is evident, his presence will live on forever in the halls of South Gwinnett. He was a true Comet and will be remembered forever. We stand with you in celebration of a life well lived.
    Eric Thigpen, Principal South Gwinnett High School

  21. No words can bring you peace in this most difficult time, but I wanted to let you all know What fond memories I have of Samuel. He was in my first kindergarten class at Norton. He spent every day proving that he could do whatever it was he needed to do, with a smile on his face, no matter what! He met challenges with determination and loved life as much as any kindergartener I’ve had since! I watched him play baseball and knew that was where his heart was. He was such a sweet boy, as was his whole family who was always there, supporting him every step of the way. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Your sweet Samuel touched everyone he ever met. His beautiful smile, sweet disposition, his love of baseball but mainly his love of his family is what stood out. Such a devoted young man. He had those sparking eyes that almost spoke for him. He never met a stanger and always made any of us feel like the only one when he would look at you and smile. They say the eyes are the gateway to the soul and I saw this every time I saw Sammy. His eyes bright and pure, his love for his mom and dad, unending. He was proud of who he was and even more proud of the family He came from. It still feels so impossible and unreal that this wonderful example we knew as Sammy was so unfairly ripped away. I can only think that he was too innocent and pure to be in this world any longer. Thank you Kay, Dale and family for sharing, so willingly, this beautiful soul. We are all better for knowing him. RIP SAMMY and I hope you can help your family know they are stronger than than know. Love you all so much

  23. I remember Sammy from pre-k at The Sunshine House in Grayson. I remember a very sweet little boy who always had a big smile on his face. My sincere condolences to the family.

  24. i love you so much sam.. we miss you.❤️ please watch over us now & forever. hope to join you someday..

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