In Loving Memory

Harry Lee Sweet, d. March 11, 2015



In Loving Memory

July 26, 1940 – March 11, 2015

Harry Sweet

Harry Lee Sweet, 74, of Gulf Shores, AL, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at his home.  Born July 26, 1940 in Jacksonville, IL, he was the son of Edgar Leroy and Geneva Sweet.  He is preceded in death by his brother, Richard Sweet and sister, Anne (Sweet) Roberts and father Edgar Leroy Sweet.

 He is survived by his wife, Diana, one daughter, Deborah Jackson of Glendale, AZ and one son, David Sweet (Tammy) of Phoenix, AZ; his mother, Geneva Sweet, Jacksonville, IL; sisters-in-law, Donna Ford (Alan), Gulf Shores, AL, Joyce Farrey (Larry), Mountain Home, AR, Betsy Jacobson of Mechanicsville, VA and brother-in-law, James Jacobson of Milton, WI; nieces, Patsy Sherman, Julie Wright and Char Baker, all from Peoria, IL.

 Mr. Sweet was a graduate of Franklin High School and graduated from Illinois State College in 1962. He taught High School mathematics in Carrollton, IL for years. He married Diana Kay Jacobson on July 21, 1985. He then pursued his career at Reliable Life Insurance (later became Unitrin Insurance Company) where he was Vice President in the computer department and later the payroll department.  He retired after 29 years in 2000 and moved from St. Louis, MO to Gulf Shores in 2009. Harry was an outstanding athlete. He was inducted into the Illinois College Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Averaging a 7.6 yards per carry in 1959, he earned four varsity letters in football and garnered honorable mention all-American honors in 1961 when he served as co-captain. On May 12, 2012, he was received from the Alumni Association of Illinois College the Degree of Golden Class Graduate.

 “It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone, for part of us went with you the day God took you home.

Though the smile is gone forever and your hands we cannot touch. We will always have sweet memories of the one we loved so much.”

 Mr. Sweet was a member of St. Jude by the Sea in Gulf Shores, AL. His ashes will be scattered in the family cemetery in Franklin, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Aseracare Hospice, Attn: Foley Hospice, 1201 Montlimar Dr., Suite 100, Mobile, AL, 36609 or to the Melvin Weinstein Parkinson’s Foundation,  2224 Virginia Beach Blvd., Suite 205 , Virginia Beach, VA 23454.  Expressions of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL, 36526.




  1. Kristi Clark

    You were such an inspiration to many! I received so much pleasure in caring for you and so much grief and sadness in watching you pass! I will always remember you, your smile and your sense of humor! Fly high my dear Mr Sweet, I can just imagine your healed body watching over Diana as each day goes by. Rest in peace my dear friend!!!

  2. Faust Family

    Dear Family, we are sorry to learn of the death of Mr. Sweet. May your many memories bring you peace today and in the days to come. May the words of Psalm 34:18 give you comfort. These words of David remind us that “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Our condolence to all of you.

  3. Sondra Cleveland Prine

    I’m so sorry to learn of Harry Lee’s passing. I went to school with him at Franklin High School and knew his folks from church. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss.

  4. Charles and Carol Ankrom

    Just seeing your name Harry Lee brings back so many memories of those years we shared in grade school and high school you were one of the “kindest” guys we knew growing up and we remember the many basketball and football games you played such an important role in at Franklin High and IC what a privilege to have known you In the “early” years. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, high school friends Carol (Fortado) Ankrom, and Charlie Ankrom

  5. Adolph and Theresa Prochazka

    Diana and family,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of Harry. What a sweet and wonderful person he was and we know you will truly miss him! We know he no longer suffers and now he is home with his family! We will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Dick Midkiff

    I was so saddened to see that Harry Sweet had passed away. I graduated from Carrollton high school in 1965 and “Mr. Sweet” was my math teacher for 3 years and our football team’s assisstant coach. For those 3 years math was my favorite subject. Being the quarterback of our team he worked with me a considerable amount of time and I respected him very much as a role model. Of all the teachers I’ve ever had I consider him to have been my favorite.
    My deepest condolences to his family. I’m sure he will be missed..


    My family came to Franklin when Harry was in high school. Dad was his science teacher and asst. basketball coach. We quickly got acquainted with Harry and his great personality. He and his entire class had a “winning way.” They were MSM champions. We followed Harry in his years at IL College. It was great seeing someone local doing well in collegiate sports. The entire Sweet Family were special to us as people that served; the land, their church and the community. We express our sympathy during this difficult time.

  8. Marilyn & Bob Bergschneider

    We also are from Franklin and have know the Sweet family many years. They were my neighbors when I was growing up. Wonderful, kind people. A few years ago we were able to visit Harry and Diana at their beautiful home. We had a great time. Harry had great sense of humor even though he wasn’t feeling good. Diana helped him with that sense of humor. They gave it their best. Diana, we are thinking of you and family during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

  9. David & Karen Hart

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Harry. He was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor. We were privileged to know him as a relative and a good friend. Our sincere condolences are with you Diana and your families. David & Karen

  10. George Bollam

    I was really sadden to learn of Harry’s passing. He was a great guy to work under, as well as to associate with outside of the work place. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, Diana, as well as to the rest of his family.
    I’ll keep you all in my prayers.

  11. Joseph Bender

    So sorry to hear about Harry’s passing Diana. I think he was my second boss at RELIABLE. It was great working for him. He always treated me with respect and I learned a lot from him. When I think back on my days at Reliable he always comes to mind. Diana we go down to Gulf Shores one week every summer and Sharon and I make it a point to go to mass while we are there. I think we go to St Jude. Wouldn’t that have been cool if we had seen you guys at mass. Diana we will keep you all in your thoughts and prayers…


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