Columbia, SC: Shan Dale Sweet, son of the late James Wesley and Gloria Ann Neal Sweet, was born In Greer, SC on January 18, 1970.
During his early years, his love for the Lord was first nurtured at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Greer, SC. Later in life, he relocated, recommitted and furthered his Christian experience at RoCnation Center of Elgin, SC.
Throughout his childhood, Shan was smart, athletic, spoiled and a great dancer.
Educated in the public schools of Greenville County, SC, he attended Greer High School and completed his GED in 1988. He was a talented self- taught Barber for many years. Shan’s life was transformed and his testimony transparent as he honestly shared his story of God’s amazing grace and mercy: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 corinthians 5:17 King James Version (KJV).
Employed as a machine operator in Columbia, SC, he spent much of his time sharing words of hope, encouragement, and kindness to others. He had a kind and caring spirit and from his past experiences, he served as a Mentor and Motivational Speaker to the homeless, incarcerated youth and adults, and to those who might learn from his challenges. Shane was devoted to working with ministries that offered support to the homeless within communities. He was a living testimony to those incarcerated as they transitioned back into society. He was a hard worker who took pride in his work with the non-profit organizations, “Homeless Helping Homeless of Columbia.” He often stated “The true definition of ministry is a desire to improve someone else’s life.”
“Sweet” as he was affectionately known was charismatic, a sharp dresser, and a devoted Clemson Fan at Heart. He enjoyed sharing his story and recently wrote, “There is a saying, God is a God of second chances; that’s true, but in my life, I’ve come to believe God is a God of many chances. Had I only had a second chance then it would have been over for me a long time ago. Thank God, he takes all our good and bad to accomplish his purpose for our lives. That’s good news.
He entered into eternal rest on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Columbia SC from injuries received in an automobile accident.
Left to cherish loving memories are: 3 sons, Jordan Carson of Greer, SC, Tysean Carson of Atlanta, GA and Christian Carson of Lyman, SC; a brother, Tony T. Sweet of Greenville, SC; 2 sisters, Mrs. Shelia Sweet Mack of Orangeburg, SC and Mrs. Tamela Kerns of San Diego, CA; 2 grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Services will be held 12:00 Noon, Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Cedar Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Kelly Simmons and Rev. Jerome Rabb, officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to the care of The Gilmore Mortuary.