In Loving Memory
July 26, 1940 – March 11, 2015
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 hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL, 36526.