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Bishop Joe Louis Swanson was born April 18, 1937, to Rosa Duella (Mumford) and William Henry Swanson in Athens, GA. He departed this earthly life on Saturday, September 29, 2018.
Beginning in 1956, he served as a Rifleman for four years in the U.S. Marine Corp. Later, he was employed with Citizens Gas and Coke Utility for over thirty years before retiring.
Even as a young man Joe Louis recognized the benefits of living a clean and healthy life. While seeking and pursuing that which can fulfill both the mind, body and spirit. He accepted Christ and began his worship and study in other denominations before his eventual association with Grace Apostolic, Indianapolis IN. Joe Louis continued to experience growth and a calling to serve and minister to others who are seeking knowledge and understanding... He received his ordination at Bethlehem Pentecostal Church in 1977.
Bishop Swanson met the love of his life Clarissa Carter at Bethesda Temple Apostolic, Indianapolis. By his own account the Bishop said he had to work to make it happen and hard work paid off. They were soon married and together worked 'tirelessly' to build a church and ministry. Together they successfully established the Greater Living Epistle Apostolic Church. Within the past two years the church changed their affiliation from Apostolic to a name that represents the body of believers who use the original Hebrew names instead of those found currently in Bible translation. He was the founder and pastor of the Greater Living Epistle House of Yahweh.
Joe Swanson was a loving father and husband. He took care of his wife and family. He was a dedicated Christian who loved all of his family and friends. He was a mentor to many young and old and they all looked up to him as a leader.
Surviving are his daughter, Sharon (Rev. Otto) Penn; sisters, Leona McIntire and Alberta Benson all of Indianapolis; two grandchildren, Aaron (Christian) Tyler and Shawn Harris; great-grandchildren, Skyler, Chelsea, Cherise, Cherell, September, Elizabeth, Aaron Jr., Parker and Chasity; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and church family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, First Lady Evangelist Clarissa Swanson; daughter, Marcia Tyler; parents, William and Rosa Swanson; and fourteen siblings.
Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens