William Jack "Bill" Sweatt, 84, of Artesia, NM went home with Jesus on Monday, October 29, 2018 while surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services are scheduled for 11am Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Hermosa Church of Christ in Artesia with Mr. Ricky Ellis officiating. Interment will follow at the Hagerman Cemetery in Hagerman, NM. Visitation will be at Terpening and Son Mortuary on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 10am to 8pm. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 4pm to 7pm.
Bill was a greatly respected Pecos Valley business leader, operating Sweatt Construction in the Artesia area for over 50 years, as well as other ventures across New Mexico and Texas. He truly enjoyed solving puzzling business problems. Bill Sweatt was a generous philanthropist supporting Eddy County Fair, Paws and Claws Humane Society, Artesia Animal Shelter, March of Dimes and many more. Many individuals credit Mr. Sweatt with setting them on the road to success. He was especially concerned with providing for the needy. Bill loved a good joke and he loved and provided for his children as well as all of his family. His gruff exterior highlighted one of the most kind-hearted of men.
Mr. Sweatt was born in Roswell, NM and was a life-long resident of the Artesia area. He is preceded in death by his parents, C. Van Sweatt and Violet Woodmas Sweatt, two grandsons and his first wife, Gwen Hammons Sweatt.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Sweatt, of the home, his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Shirley Sweatt of Titusville, FL and his sister and brother-in-law, Marlene and Ray Vestal of El Reno, OK. His daughters and sons-in-law are Sandra and Bill Trainor of College Station, TX and Beverly Sweatt-Wilson and Seth Wilson of Artesia, NM. His stepsons and their wives are Ken and Irene Livingston of Lincoln, NM, Robert and Janet Livingston of Artesia, NM and Kirk and Janis Livingston of Austin, TX. Bill is survived by 11 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. He is also survived by countless cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers are Bill Dampeer, Doug Fortner, Johnny Lopez, Miguel Madrid, Tate May, Daniel Vestal, Donald Vestal and Doug Vestal. Honorary pallbearers include Sheryl Baker, Ronnie Bartlett, Ken Clayton, J. T. Jackson, Ken Livingston, Kirk Livingston, Robert Livingston, Wesley Menefee, Archie Tidwell, Jane Wiggins and Sweatt Construction Employees.
The family would like to thank the many care givers who assisted with their wonderful skills for Bill.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Paws and Claws Humane Society, P. O. Box 807, Artesia, NM 88211, or to the charity of your choice.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Read about your dad ‘s passing in our paper.. We think of the good folks in Artesia often .
Don and Peggy OsborneMidland, TX
So sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Guy & Shirley WatersPLANO, TX
Bill was good man that helped many people over the years. Enjoyed his sense of humor!! Mark him as more of the iconic good men in this town that did make a difference. Love and prayers Beverly and family
Gary & Rhonda NelsonArtesia bill, NM
My sweet friend, Marlene, We are sending prayers and thoughts to you and all of the family. Rest in peace Billy Jack.
Sue White LankfordForney, TX
So sorry for the loss of Bill. We have enjoyed many years of friendship and business associations, beginning In Hagerman, NM and continuing in Artesia NM. What a legacy for your family. We will miss Bill. May God bless you with peace and comfort during this difficult time.
RUBY PARKERARTESIA, NM
Prayers for Beverly and all the family and may God Bless you all during your loss
Albert JohnsonArtesia, NM
Craig PinsonArtesia, NM
Our prayers and love to you Bev and family! I so appreciated how he called my dad almost every week to check on him. He added so much joy when he came to see me! He will be missed!
Culy & DebbieArtesia, NM
We are so sorry for your loss!! We loved Bill a lot and know he will be missed by many!! Our love and prayers go out to you all!! Connie and Sheryl
Connie BakerRoswell, NM
Wanda Beverly & families you are in our thoughts & prayers! Bill was a great person with a witty personality! So sorry for your loss! He left a big footprint! He will Greatly missed by so many in the community but especially you! Our love to all! Our Mom (Chris McDonald) sends her sympathies also!
Karen & Ronnie KillgoreCarlsbad, NM
My condolences and prayers to the family of Bill Sweatt
Teresa FloresArtesia, NM
So sorry for your loss. May God be with you all through this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.🙏🙏🙏🙏
James and Nel MooreArtesia, NM
So sorry for your loss.
Curtis & Kaye TeelArtesia, NM
Thoughts and prayers Beverly and family.
Rhonda KosloskieDexter, NM