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Elizabeth Swanson

December 11, 1935 — August 2, 2021

Elizabeth “Liz” Waters Swanson, 85, a beloved mother, daughter, and friend, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2021. 

Liz was born on December 11, 1935, in Benton, Tennessee and remained a beloved neighbor to many throughout her journey of life.  A class of 1954 graduate of Polk County High School, she was a longtime member of Mountain View Baptist Church and loved her church family.  She was an excellent cook and enjoyed baking cakes and making candy.  One of her fondest memories include attending the monthly gatherings “Happy Hearts” with her senior friends that is held at First Baptist Church of Benton.

She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Jamie Swanson in August 2016; mother, Claude Waters; grandparents, Charles Arthur and Alice Virginia Hilliard Waters.

She is survived by her cousin and caregiver, Jo Ann Combs and her husband, Jeff.  Several cousins and a host of special friends.

A Celebration of Life graveside service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at Benton Memorial Gardens with Pastor Pete Morgan officiating.  Jeff Combs, Lynn Barker, Roy Raines, Glen Watson, Jimmy Watson, and Ricky Frazier will serve as pallbearers.

A time of farewell will be held from 12:00 noon to 12:45 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place. Memphis, TN 38105

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Morningside of Cleveland, Hospice of Chattanooga, and Bradley Healthcare & Rehab for their genuine care and compassion.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Higgins Funeral Home of Benton.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, August 5, 2021

12:00 - 12:45 pm (Eastern time)

Higgins Funeral Home

6439 US-411, Benton, TN 37307

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Graveside Service

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Benton Memorial Gardens

217 Patty Rd, Benton, TN 37307

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