He is survived by the love of his life, Bobbye Free Swears, married 57 years; son. Blake Swears and grandchildren, Brittany and Caleb Swears, all of Carlisle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earle and Grace Swears and son, Bret Stephen Swears.
Bernie was a graduate of Carlisle High School and attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. He was fortunate to work in a profession that he enjoyed and loved for 60 years, and that was farming. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his family at the lake. He also enjoyed hunting with family and friends.
Bernie served six years in the Arkansas Air National Guard. He was a member of the Carlisle Cemetery Board, Lonoke County Farm Bureau Board and the Carlisle Alumni Association. He is an active member of the Carlisle First United Methodist Church where he has served on the board and various committees over the years. Berenie was known by his family and friends for his honesty, love, compassion, generosity, and work ethic. He was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, Arkansas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Carlisle First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.
The family asks in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Carlisle Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 463, Carlisle, Arkansas, 72024.