The Obit For Jim Sweezy

Jimmy D. Sweezy

The Hickory Daily Record, 1/16/2009

HICKORY - Jimmy Dwight Sweezy, 65, went to heaven Jan. 13, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. He indeed could say as Paul did in 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith."

Born in Hickory, he was well-known throughout the area as a respected businessman. Having started his own business forms company in the 1970s - Data Forms & Systems, Inc., later becoming Data Imaging & Associates, he loved selling and enjoyed meeting people and always deemed himself a salesman. God richly blessed his efforts.

You couldn't hear the name Jimmy Sweezy in Hickory without thinking of his star quality as an athlete. He excelled in football and baseball during his time at Hickory High School, playing in the Shrine Bowl and later playing in the farm system for the Chicago Cubs during his college days at Western Carolina University.

He also was a first class golfer and first class racquetball player, winning many Lake Hickory Country Club championships as such. Jimmy was a devoted member of New Hope Baptist Church, where he served in several leadership capacities, including stewardship, personnel, building and hospitality committees.

His passion for collecting Indian artifacts and pottery and researching Indian history was a lifelong pursuit. He had an extensive collection, and for many years displayed his findings in a basement museum in his home, where others could come and enjoy them.

Another of Jimmy's passions was flying radio controlled planes, and also building them from scratch. He was quite adept at both. In addition to this, Jimmy and his brother, Bruce, attended many military air shows together.

Less known about Jimmy was his skill at framing. He became a master framer and had a framing and art gallery with his close friend, Tommy Stine. He especially enjoyed Civil War prints and aviation prints.

He served in the National Guard.

During the past several years, Jimmy has enjoyed spending time at his winter home in Marana, Ariz. As was his nature, he made many new friends during his time there. Jimmy loved life and will be greatly missed by all those who loved him and knew him.

He leaves behind a devoted family, including his wife, Deborah Ann Sweezy; daughter, Gina Sweezy Guarino and son-in-law, Dent; daughter, Meredith Adele Sweezy; brother, Bruce Allen Sweezy and sister-in-law, Delores; grandchildren, Dent Jr., Grace, Maya, Elijah, Saied and Jahsi; niece, Joan Sweezy Allmendinger; stepchildren, Sloane Ponder and son-in-law, Stephan Ponder, Jessica Bryer Younts and Bo Younts; and stepgrandchildren, Stetson and Stratton Ponder and Chloe Merritt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dwight Lee Sweezy and Mary Lingle Sweezy.

The Sweezy family will receive friends Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, from 1 to 3 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 410 26th Ave. Drive, NE, Hickory, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 3:30 p.m. The Dr. Rev. B. Dale Watts will officiate. Private interment will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the building fund for New Hope Baptist Church, 410 26th Ave., Drive, NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601 or Casa de la Luz Hospice, 400 West Magee Road, Tucson, Ariz. 85704.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Jimmy Dwight Sweezy.