Thomas Vernon Swafford

Thomas Vernon Swafford, 91, of Midland, formerly of Big Spring, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in a Midland nursing home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring.The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.Vernon was born April 10, 1922, in Marshall, Texas. He was a driller in the 1940s and drove a transport truck for the next 40 years. He also owned a small ranch in Paradise, Texas.He is survived by three sons, Raymond Swafford and wife, Kathy, of Midland, Billy Kenneth Swafford and Larry Swafford and wife, Jennan, all of Big Spring; two brothers, Glen Swafford and wife, Jennie, of Longview, and Ernest Swafford and wife, Alta, of San Angelo; one sister, Mary Ruth Allen, of Marietta, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, Asa and Edna (Baker) Swafford, one brother, Clifford Swafford; two sisters, Elaine Hearne and Justine Oney; and one granddaughter, Cheynne Rainer.The family suggests memorials be made to the charity of the donor's choice.Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at: