MORRISTOWN--James Ralph Swaim, age 81, passed away March 12, 2007.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Luster Belle Swaim, and two brothers, Robert Carl Swaim and George Pressler Swaim.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Agnes L. Swaim; daughter, Patsy Gosnell; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Steve Rippetoe and Susan and George Finley; grandchildren, Jessica Winstead and husband Todd, Allison Gosnell, Joshua and Christopher Rippetoe, and Dustin Santos.
Three special great-grandchildren, Corbin, Haleigh Raye and Noah Winstead; sister-in-law, Mary Ruth Swaim, of Bristol, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Floye Swaim, of Asheville, N.C.; sisters, Frances Fancher, of Morristown, and Sue Hardy, of White Pine; sisters-in-law, Louise Thornton, Mary Synamon, and Frances Killion; also several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Swaim served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. After he returned home, he followed in his Grandfather's and Father's footsteps and worked 41 years for Norfolk and Southern Railways. He was a member of the Wallen Purkey Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church of Morristown.
The Family would like to express a Special Thank You to Dr. Doddabelle and his staff, also the staff of Morristown-Hamblen Home Health and Hospice, Greta Riddle, Darlene Couler, and Pam Jinks.
The family of Mr. Swaim will receive friends on Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 6 - 8 p.m. in the chapel of Mayes Mortuary.
The Services will be on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Danny Georges, the Rev. Jim Harmeling, and the Rev. Doug Brown officiating, the body of Mr. Swaim will lie in state from 12 till 1 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
Interment will follow in Jarnigan Cemetery.
In Lieu of Flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Legacy of Promise at First Baptist Church.
Mayes Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.