First Baptist Missionary Church honored Mother Willie Ella Swopes in a surprise celebration for her many years of service on her 80th birthday.
Mrs. Swopes was born on May 20, 1942 to Veronica Davis-Heard and Thurmond Heard. She is a graduate of Howard High School, class of 1962, and has been a member of First Missionary Baptist Church for over 25 years where she is kitchen chairperson, a former choir member, and serves on the Motherboard. She is retired from the Hamilton County Public Schools where she was employed at Barger Elementary School as the cafeteria manager. She was also a member of the Cupidettes Social Club.
Mrs. Swopes is known in her community as a loving and a caring person and can always be found caring for the sick and providing food for her family, friends, the elderly, group homes and church members. Wherever there is a need, Mrs. Swopes will do her best to assist in anyway she can with a heart of gold. She is well known for bringing her famous “soup” to the sick and shut in.
Willie Ella Swopes was a loving and devoted wife of 41 years to Frank Swopes (deceased), mother of late Kerry Swopes, late Reba Swopes, Cynthia White, Frank Swopes, Dexter (Patrice) Swopes and grandmother to Maresha Swopes, Iunike (Rhonda) Stevens, Grylin Wilson, Ervin Swopes, Arthur (Bromeshia) Foster, Micheal Shropshire, Demetrius Swopes, Jabari Armstead, Jelani Ford, Xavier Swopes, Dexter Swopes, Tykerious Ray, and Guminia Ashford. She is great-grandmother to 16 great-grandchildren and loving sibling of 12, aunt to many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and numerous friends.