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Celebrating the life of

Cheryl Anne Swinney Couturier

January 14, 1949 - March 01, 2023

Cheryl Anne Swinney Couturier

Cheryl Anne Swinney Couturier, 74, of Savannah passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on March 1, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.

Cheryl was born January 14, 1949, in Atlanta, GA, the first of two children. After growing up in Cordele GA Cheryl graduated from Georgia Southern University & pursued her career as an educator.  While living in Atlanta, Cheryl met her loving husband, Jeff Couturier, and they were married on December 29, 1972.

In 1973, Jeff and Cheryl moved to Cordele, GA, where they raised their two daughters, Julie and Megan. Cheryl worked for the Crisp County Board of Education, initially as a teacher, then administration, and finally a principal.  Cheryl was a woman of faith and she loved serving in any capacity. Cheryl loved teaching, her plants, and spending time with her grandchildren. After Jeff’s retirement, Jeff and Cheryl moved to Savannah to be near their two daughters and their families. Cheryl loved life, and she loved nothing more than spending time with her family.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her husband, Jeff Couturier and  father, James Dudley Swinney Sr.  

Those left to cherish her memory include her two daughters, Julie McLeod (Dave), and Megan Thomas (Scott); brother, James Dudley Swinney Jr.; her loving mother, Victoria Beatrice Swinney; four grandchildren, Miles and Molly Wells McLeod, and Chance and Gracie Bea Thomas; and many adored nieces and nephews.

The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church Giddens Chapel. Please join the family for a Celebration of Life Reception immediately following the service at The Landings Palmetto Club, 1 Cottonwood Drive Savannah GA 31411.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox  Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741.




To all of you. I send my deepest sympathy. Cheryl was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. I can't imagine losing both parents so quickly. I will be praying for you. My love to you all.

- Gina Rowland, Cordele, Geirgia

We both loved Jeff and Cheryl. Megan used to babysit for us. So sorry for your loss. May God bless you.

- Tom and Charissa Carter , Cordele , Georgia

We both loved Jeff and Cheryl. Megan used to babysit for us. So sorry for your loss. May God bless you.

- Tom and Charissa Carter , Cordele , Georgia

Cheryl was such a dear, sweet person. I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless and comfort you all during this time.

- Patty Dean, Cordele, GA

Cheryl had the biggest heart. We made a lot of wonderful memories working together….such fun ones. She was more than a boss, she was a friend. She genuinely cared and made a positive difference in the lives of students, teachers, and coworkers. I appreciate all she taught me, the person she was, and the loyal friendship we shared. I love you, Cheryl.

- Patsy Grimsley, Cordele, Georgia

So very sorry to hear or Cheryl's passing. Haven't seen her in many years. Will always remember her beautiful smile. Her father and my mother were first cousins. Praying for comfort for her family with much love. Jan

- Janet Jolly James, Port Richey, Fl.

She was Beautiful soul with ❤of Gold!!! I'm going to miss her. She was so funny when telling stores of her days of being a principal. She taught me how to play scrabble. I miss our night conversations. She Will be missed!! Praying for the family and sending prayers of comfort.

- Shijon, Savannah, Ga

I only recently met Cheryl when I was visiting her from our church, but I instantly liked her and was glad to have her as a new friend. She was one of those people that shines and draws people to her. She was so entertaining while we talked. Cheryl was also so grateful to have her daughters close by. How she loved you, Julie and Megan. My heart is heavy for you over losing both of your parents so recently, while still so young-ish. I will be praying for you and your family.

- Bettie Negley, Savannah, GA

Dear Julie, I am so devastated to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time.

- Debbie Bassett , Bluffton , South Carolina

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel