Michael Swords, investigator at 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, dies at 54 _lowres

Michael Hurd Swords Sr.

Michael Hurd Swords Sr., who worked as an investigator at the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office for nearly 18 years, died Friday of complications from leukemia. He was 54.

A lifelong Covington resident, Swords graduated from St. Paul’s High School and Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in marketing. He worked for Philip Morris Co. and Kent Industries in sales prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office.

After initially working on domestic violence cases, Swords switched to traffic, where Administrative Assistant Jerry Reed said he worked extensively with law enforcement officials, sifting through the mountain of traffic citations on a daily basis, assigning court dates and working to help prosecutors at arraignments and trials.

The job was busy and demanding, Reed said, and Swords “performed it flawlessly.’’

He described Swords as unfailingly helpful to everyone, from victims of crime to police officers, and said law enforcement officials especially enjoyed working with him.

“He always had a smile on his face,’’ Reed said. “Public servant is a good description of him. Anybody who met him liked him.’’

Swords was an avid deer hunter and outdoorsman who also excelled at landscaping.

He was active in Ducks Unlimited, according to his wife, Ruby Crawford Swords, who described him as full of life, both kind and gruff at the same time.

“He could deal with the many, many people at work in this manner, and everyone loved him,’’ she said.

Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Michael Hurd Swords Jr.; his parents, Cullom “Buster’’ Swords and Gayle Hurd Swords, of Covington; a brother, Cullom Swords; and three sisters, Stephanie Swords Fredericks, Kelly Swords and Wendy Swords.

A memorial service will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 20370 Smith Road in Covington, with a Mass to follow at noon.