Johnny John D Sword

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Johnny "John" D Sword

February 26, 1935 - November 12, 2018

Johnny John D Sword John D. Sword, local attorney, departed this life on November 12, 2018.
John was born in Hazard, Kentucky, the son of Chester and Emma Sword on February 26, 1935. He attended high school in Hazard and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University after having served his country with a tour of duty in the United States Navy. From Eastern Kentucky University, John graduated from the University of Kentucky Law School while at the same time maintaining a full-time job with the United States Postal Service. John graduated from the University of Kentucky Law School in 1962, and immediately began practicing in Richmond with the law firm of Chenault, Coy and Sword. Subsequently, beginning in 1967, John practiced law with Morris B. Floyd, a local attorney, for twenty-five years and David Bohannon, Michael Eaves and Stuart Olds later joined their practice.
John had a distinguished law career, having practiced in Richmond from 1962 to 1992. He was past president of the Madison County Bar Association and was directly instrumental in preserving White Hall as a historic site in Madison County by enjoining and prohibiting the City of Richmond, in a law suit, from locating the city landfill (better known as the city dump) on a property adjacent to White Hall.
After retiring from the law practice, John pursued numerous business interests and became quite an entrepreneur, becoming a partner in numerous nursing homes throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and helping to develop the first shopping center in Richmond known as the University Shopping Center.
John was a connoisseur of fine art, enjoyed farming, was an ardent follower of the Kentucky Wildcats and loved his dog and constant companion, NICK.
John is survived by his beloved wife of fifty three (53) years, Sena Zimmerman Sword, where they maintained a home in Richmond until his death. John is the father of three sons: John Charles Sword (Donna), Paul Sword (Patricia), both of Richmond, and Morris Sword, who predeceased his father. John is survived by one sister, Mary Emma Marcum (Buddy) of Daytona Beach, Florida; his brother, Charles Sword (Regena) and sisters Anne Sword Baker and Clara Sword Sims, having predeceased him. John is also survived by granddaughters Lauren Sword Huynh (Jared) and Chelsea Sword; grandsons, Kyle Sword and John Edward Briggs Sword; great-granddaughter, Kallie Sword, and great-grandson, Kolten Sword; nephews James Marcum (Sheri) and Mark Tye Marcum (Tina), both of Daytona Beach, Florida; nieces Susan B. Martin; a local attorney in Richmond, Georgeanne Mullins (Bobby) of Bristol, Tennessee; and Jennifer Sword Hoverter of Richmond; and sisters-in-law, Sharon Poulos (Alex) and Dianne Van Ness (Howard).
Visitation will be at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home on Friday, November 16, 2018, from 2-5 p.m. in the afternoon. Memorial service to be held at a later date.
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Published on November 13, 2018
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