LAKELAND (FBW)-Charles R. Swartz Jr., 83, retired pastor of South Florida Baptist Association churches, died July 2.
A Gainesville native, he was a graduate of Mercer University, Atlanta; and Baptist College of Florida, Graceville.
During his 60-year career, Swartz served several terms as moderator of South Florida association, and after retirement, led the Retired Ministers’ Fellowship and ministered to senior adults.
According to Robert V. Roberts, Director of Missions of the South Florida Baptist Association, Swartz was ordained at Carters Baptist Church, preached his first sermon in Hardee County, and served at Highlands City First Baptist Church, First Baptist Church in Bartow, Crystal Lake Baptist Church and at Southside Baptist Church in Lakeland.
“Pastor Swartz left behind a family that mourns his death, but also a host of people who have been impacted by his ministry,” Roberts said in the associational newsletter, published by the Witness. “He was a good friend and faithful minister of the Gospel. He will be missed.”
Swartz is survived by his wife, Dot; daughters: Carolyn Swammy, Marilyn Boyles, Charlotte Swartz and Barbara Hargrove; a son, Chuck; 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise.
Gifts in his memory may be made to Scott Lake Baptist Church Building Fund, Lakeland.
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