Dr. Amanda Sequoyah Swimmer

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God called in his time and grace, Amanda Sequoyah Swimmer, 97 years old. Born on October 27, 1921 to Molly Davis Sequoyah and Runningwolfe Sequoyah. She was preceded in death by her husband Luke Swimmer, one daughter, Mary Ellen Wolfe. Sons, Johnny, Ronald, Herbert, and McKinley Swimmer.

Amanda is survived by daughters, Marilyn Swimmer, Merina Swimmer, Flora Bradley and husband, H.J. Two sons, Virgil and Don Swimmer. 31 grandchildren, great grandchildren to the fourth generation.

Her extended family as loyal friends and mentors, Ray Kinsland, Chief Patrick Lambert and Aaron Bradley. Like daughters, Ila Coleman and June Smith.

 Amanda, a renowned potter, shared her creative abilities which allowed a time-honored tradition to survive. Recognized as an outstanding individual contribution to the preservation of the history and culture of Southern Appalachia. She was awarded the following honors:

In 1994-The NC Folk Heritage Award

May 25, 2005-The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters form UNC-Asheville.

September 25, 2009- The Mountain Heritage Award from Western Carolina University.

2003-She was Senior Miss Cherokee

February 2018- She was named Beloved Woman of the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

But mostly she’ll be remembered as a homemaker, a grandma to all and as an advocate for the safety of School Children and Community.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday at Yellowhill Baptist Church. Revs. James (Bo) Parris and Forman Bradley will officiate with burial at Swimmer/ Sequoyah Family Cemetery.

Amanda was taken back to Yellowhill Baptist Church at 5:00 PM Wednesday by Crisp Funeral Home to await the service hour.

Pallbearers will be Amanda’s Grandsons.

Smoky Mountain Times

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