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Lafayette F. "Teeny" Swoope, Jr.

October 12, 1926 ~ September 17, 2023

Lafayette F. “Teeny” Swoope, Jr., 96, of Carlyss, LA, died September 17, 2023. “Teeny” Swoope, son of Lafayette F. Swoope and Carrie Prowell Swoope, widower of Elizabeth Nan “Nancy” Swoope, died at his home in Carlyss of congestive heart failure. He is survived by his three children, Elizabeth (Terrell Sheets), Kyle, and David; granddaughter Cheyenne Swoope Good (Kelton); great grandson Calvin Lafayette; brothers Thomas Kyle “Dake” (Allene), William “Bill”, Frank (Carolyn), Warren “Oop”, Walter “Penny” (Bettye), Charles (Shirley), and Burton (Tonya); sister Lucy “Boopie” Beard (David); brother-in-law Nick Hairston; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy; parents, L.F. Swoope and Carrie Prowell Swoope; brothers James “Jim” and Edward; and sisters Celeste “Boo”, Elizabeth “Sister”, and Eleanor.

Teeny graduated with a degree in Animal Science from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in Extension Education from Louisiana State University. He was employed as a County Agent for over 33 years, in Caldwell Parish, East Carroll Parish, and Calcasieu Parish. He was known for seeing potential in people and recognizing the value of livestock projects for developing that potential in children, as well as for his knowledge of all types of livestock. He served as manager of the Southwest District Livestock Show and a board member of the Southwest District Livestock Show.

He received the Louisiana County Agricultural Agent’s Award and was inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame and the Southwest District Livestock Show Hall of Fame.

Teeny was known for grilling and barbequing large crowds. He and his Longhorn steer Buck were invited to participate in many parades and parties.

He was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, serving as elder, lay reader, treasurer, Sunday school teacher, and nursery caretaker.

Visitation will be held Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 9 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church until the memorial service at 11 AM at the church, 301 Center Circle, Sulphur, LA 70663.

The family thanks Dr. Edward Bergen and the staff at Heart of Hospice for the care they provided for Teeny.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 301 Center Circle, Sulphur, LA 70663, or to the Calcasieu 4-H Foundation, 7101 Gulf Hwy, Lake Charles LA 70607 ( https://calcasieu-parish-4-h-foundation.square.site/ ).

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  1. Some people leave a good, strong memory of themselves, and this man left one on me as a child, when he was a county agent in (Calcasieu). My brothers and I were in 4-H, and/or FFA, Mr. Swoope would come to our house and sheer our lambs, quietly give us tips on showing our animals, and I remember his quiet, kind presence, as I am sure many children in 4-H do as well,  I never forgot him!  (Many years later, I was married with three children and living on Pete Seay Road), and I saw Mr. Swoope calmly riding his ‘Longhorn’ up the road. It’s not everyday one sees a man, that they remember from their own childhood, as clearly as I remembered him, riding a ‘longhorn’!!! I was so excited and amazed! Talked about it at home, work, etc., called my brothers and anyone else I could think of!  (I honestly thought some people believed I was exaggerating, until an article was published in the paper about him and his ‘Longhorn’!) Began seeing him almost daily, and convinced my brothers to come out there looking for him! He was one of those calm, gentle memories that make their mark on children!  (We’re all now in our 60’s).  Many thanks for helping and teaching children so much, Mr. Swoope, you definitely left a good memory on many children from your years as a county agent!

  2. So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing . He was a wonderful county agent and mentor. He taught my Daddy Kirby Corbello to shear sheep . Lots of great times that I will always cherish and feel so blessed to have known him and your sweet family. Please accept my deepest condolences 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  3. So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing . He was a wonderful county agent and mentor. He taught my Daddy Kirby Corbello to shear sheep .I joined 4-H when him & Don Hammett came to Vinton Elem in 1971 and showed sheep and hogs thru my first semester of college and was in Jr. Leadership and 4-H Exchange  Trips. Lots of great times that I will always cherish and feel so blessed to have known him and your sweet family. Please accept my deepest condolences and prayers for all of you . 

  4. What great memories of Teeny!  He truly had a life well lived.  I’m sorry I can’t be there for the celebration of his life but I am there in spirit.  My condolences to all of his family.

  5. I was so sad to hear of his passing! What a wonderful man and mentor he was to so many!!!! My children and I have very fond memories of time spent with him!!! Many many laughs and many lessons learned along the way!! 
    He will be greatly missed!! 
    Thank you for sharing your dad with us all!!!
    Caran Shaheen- Hank, Matt, Carolee, Emmalee,  and Kellee


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