The Westside Gazette

A time to be born

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Coady Sworn fourth from the left, pictured with Soul Bowl Coaching Legends.

Samuel J. Sworn, Jr. (Coady), a native of Pompano Beach,Fla., is the last surviving sibling of 10 children: (Marie, Rosa, Perry, Andrew, Willie, Vera, Easter, Geraldine and Esterlene). Born to Samuel Sworn, Sr. and Easter Birk on April 10, 1928.

A Time to Work

Samuel attended and graduated from Pompano Colored School (Blanche Ely High) in 1946. In 1951, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, a master of Education degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a host of other degrees from various colleges and universities.

Samuel worked in the school system for over 40 years, from 1951 to 1953, he taught Horticulture at Veterans in Delray Beach, Fla. He was a science instructor at Blanche Ely High School from 1953 to 1970. He also taught Earth Science at Northeast High School for one year (1971-1972). Before retiring in June 1992, he was an Assistant Administrator at Plantation High School for 20 years.

Samuel worked just as hard and long as in his community as he did in his career. He was a lifelong member of Bethel AME Church of Pompano Beach Fla., where he served over 28 years as the Chair-Pro-Term of the Trustee Board; Church School teacher, Feeding Ministry. In addition to being a part of various boards and associations, he was also a founder and life charter member of the Fort Lauderdale Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Inc.

A Time to Rejoice

In 1952, Samuel married his college sweetheart, Millicent Jordan. Their 63 years of marriage was centered around their children: Corris Sworn (Joyce), Sharon Jordon (Lewis), Derryl Sworn King (Steven), Drake Sworn (Yolanda) and Dwayne Sworn (Debra).

In 2008, he received the Westside Gazetteā€™s Coaching Legends Hero in Our Com-munity Award. On June 13, 2009, the City of Pompano dedicated the Houston/Sworn Aqua-tic Center in his honor.

A Time of Loss

Samuel departed this journey on Oct. 5, 2015. His last resting days were spent at the Willow Wood facility in their Memory Care Unit, where he was treated with respect and the highest quality of care.

A Time to Mourn

His memory will remain a cherished possession by his large and devoted family. He is survived by his 4 sisters-in-law: Edroce Ballard, Doris Jones, Ann Jordan and Aristine Small; one brother-in-law: Harry Jordan, nine grandchildren: Ronnie, Shummarah, Brentis, Sheri, Aubrien, Aria, Shelby, Darrien and Demetria; 1 god son: Leonard Mobley, II, a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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