Frank D. Sweeten

Published 8:13 am Monday, December 2, 2019

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Frank D. Sweeten of Bermuda Village, Bermuda Run, died on Nov. 27, 2019 with his wife by his side.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pa. to Mr. and Mrs. Earle C. Sweeten on Sept. 1, 1922. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Helen, brother Craig, second wife Lucille and first wife Virginia.

Survivors: wife, Joyce Glass Sweeten; daughter, Ann Sweeten, son-in-law Randy Yoder of Salem, Mass.; stepdaughters Karen Dooms (Rodney) and family of Florida and Kimberly Laster (Eric) and family of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.

He served as a pilot during World War II, flying more than 1,200 hours as Navy instrument instructor and, upon returning home, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He continued his service in the USNR Ready Reserves as lieutenant until 1954. In 1948 he began his business career in New York City, working as director of labor and industrial relations for several companies. 1963 led him to Sperry Corp., where his duties culminated as the senior vice president of human resources. He retired in 1987. He was always involved in his community as a volunteer. While living in Watertown, N.Y. in the 60s he served in capacities for the United Way, the local hospital and the Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. In Wilmington and Mocksville, he volunteered as an AARP tax preparer and a counselor for the NC Senior Health Ins. Program at the Davie Senior Center. He was president of Bermuda Village Residents’ Association and town councilman for several years. He was devoted to his church wherever he lived, sang in the choir (where he met Joyce) and served as trustee or elder in many and most recently at Clemmons Presbyterian Church.  He enjoyed many pastimes and hobbies, including yachting in New England, playing golf and tennis, nurturing his perfectly cultivated rose garden and the delivery of a good joke. He was devoted to his dog Penny, who insisted on remaining at Frank’s side during his recent illness.

Memorials: Clemmons Presbyterian or to Trellis Supportive Care.   

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Clemmons Presbyterian Church. A private burial with full military honors will take place in Philidelphia, Pa.