Bennett Franklin Swope

August 31, 1932 ‒ January 25, 2015

Ashley, Ohio

Bennett Franklin Swope, 82, of Ashley passed early Sunday morning January 25, 2015 at Grady Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 31, 1932 in Clearspring, Maryland to the late Herbert M. Swope and Jennie (Cordell) Swope.

Bennett worked as a superintendent for the National Oats Company, Popcorn Division for 24 years and later retired from the maintenance department at Grady Memorial Hospital after 15 years.

He was an accomplished blacksmith and loved going around to various towns demonstrating his craft. He also enjoyed woodworking as well.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of almost 60 years Sandra “Sandy” (Shifflett) Swope; sons Bennett Franklin (Sheila Kay) Swope II of Marion and Derek (Sheila Anne) Swope of Columbus; daughter Denise (Donald David) Murphy Jr. of Mutual, OH; 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; sisters Evelyn Downs of Hagerstown, Maryland and Wilda Synan of Maryland; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Richard Swope and sisters Katherine Wallace, Betty Burger and Verna Brandenburg.

There will be a Celebration of Life Gathering on Sunday February 1st from 2 – 5 pm at the Oxford Township Hall, 5125 Shoemaker Road, Ashley, OH.

Contributions in Bennett’s memory may be made to the family.

The Bennett-Brown-Rodman & Snyder Funeral Home of Ashley is honored to serve the Swope family.

Condolences may be expressed to the family and memories may be shared by visiting

  • My thoughts and prayers go to Bens family. He was a great man with an even better laugh and smile. Let Gods peace warm your heart knowing he’s in a good place.

  • Sandy, I remember meeting you and Bennett at the bank when you first moved to Ohio. You were like family and I immediately loved you both. I’ll forever be happy to have known you and I cherish the warm memories of the two of you. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Rest in peace Bennett.

  • On behalf of Marion Union Station Association and myself I would like to express my sympathy in the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Joe Catera

  • Sandy, so sorry to hear about Ben passing, will miss seeing him driving by waiving all the time, will miss my visit with him when I would stop. He will be missed,you’ve got my ph. No. , call if you need something