Paul Ellis Sweeney, Sr.

Born in Nashville, TN on April 24, 1933

Departed on May 2, 2017 and resided in Bethpage, TN

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Paul Ellis Sweeney, Sr., 84, of Bethpage, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in his home. He was surrounded by his children and the love of his life, Ms. Ida Sweeney. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee on April 24, 1933 to Levie Olene Grissom Sweeney and Moses Sweeney.

He served as a Private First Class in the Air Force and as a Corporal in the Army. He served among other assignments in the Korean War. He was proud of his country. Paul retired from Roadway Trucking, where he was known by all for his kindness and willingness to help. He was a “neighborhood dad” to many, acting as pitcher, referee and mechanic. He had such a gentle heart. His interests included driving race cars and building race cars for others (including Paul Sweeney, Jr.). His passion was restoring older model vehicles. He also loved watching Westerns and John Wayne. Paul was an ordained preacher and proud member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He loved the Lord and cherished his salvation and the church.

Paul was survived by his loving wife (Ida Satterfield Sweeney) of 60 years, and four daughters and one son: Judy Lynne McGuire (Beau) of White House; Levie Ann Durham of Hendersonville; Linda Jo Green of Hermitage; Lisa Michelle Angel of Hartsville; Paul Ellis Sweeney, Jr. (Lisa Atnip Sweeney) of Hendersonville; 15 grandchildren: Brandy Austin O’Neal (Chris), Lindsey Cossell (Kipp), Lauran McGuire, Kenny Austin, Jr., Lacey McGuire, Jessica Palmer, Christina McCarl (Brian), Ashley Durham, (Rusty), Darrell Sweeney (Christy), Carla Aguilera (Mauro), Derek Sisco (Jamie), Steven Angel, James Paul Angel, Erica Sweeney and Brianne Sweeney; 22 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.

He is also survived by his two brothers: Moses Emanual Sweeney,Jr.of Nashville and Bob Sadler of Washington; as well as his many loving brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

A special note of thanks to the HighPoint Hospice out of Portland for their wonderful supportive care. Also, thank you to Hendersonville Funeral Home and Memory Gardens for all of the arrangements.

A Life Celebration service for Paul will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:00AM, officiated by Brother Mark Copas and Brother Mark Horton. Visitation will be held Friday, May 5, from 11:00AM – 8:00PM, and again one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Paul's name can be made to Grace Missionary Baptist Church, 103 Ingrid Way, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,

14 Comments to Paul Ellis Sweeney, Sr.

  1. Joyce Gladdish
    May 4, 2017 1:18 pm

    I will remember family in my prayers.

  2. Dolores Draper
    May 4, 2017 3:58 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss. He was a good man. Sending love and prayers.

  3. Jay River
    May 4, 2017 5:57 pm

    Our family wanted to express their sincere condolences in this your time of sorrow. We found this verse encouraging during our time of loss. “Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. At John 5:28,29 Jesus spoke about the hope of the resurrection. You are in our thoughts as well.


  4. Kristy Satterfield
    May 4, 2017 11:27 pm

    God bless you aunt Ida and all my cousins. I love y’all so much. My prayers are with you.

  5. Ed Gregory
    May 5, 2017 12:21 am

    I spent part of a summer with newlyweds Paul and Ida when they lived in the side apartment at 1000 Pennock. I was about 6 or 7, but knew I was in the presence of a gentle man and a gentleman. For every departure there is an arrival. Say hello to all the family who went before.

  6. Tami Waggoner Sterling
    May 5, 2017 10:12 pm

    Paul Sweeney was the bigger than life dad to the kids I was lucky enough to grow up next to. Paul not only loved his own kids; in his quiet way he loved us too – he took me along with the others where I caught my first fish – he never once told me to go home as I drove the 10,000 miles in that old VW that sat up on blocks waiting for repair in the drive way- he played ball with us in the back yard and he carried me to the first church service that I went down front to the rail…a memory of church that I have never forgottent. I just want to say what great respect I had for your mom and dad and express my heartfelt sadness hoping that you find a sense of peace in your loss. I will lift your dad up in prayer and continue to pray for you as well.

  7. Bill and Janet Angell
    May 7, 2017 10:19 am

    So sorry to hear. Will remember him on race trips. When we stopped at the Waffle House he would order “the picture “. R.I.P. Paul

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