Helen Tyler McSwain, 80, of Joaquin, formerly of Logansport, Louisiana, passed away Monday, March 20, 2023, in Mont Belvieu TX. Funeral service will be held at Noon, Thursday, March 23, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation at 11:00 a.m. Bro. Charles Hall will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
Born February 16, 1943, in Norfork, Virginia, Helen is the daughter of William Herman Tyler and Jennie Wimberly O’Riley. Helen married her husband, Billy, and together they raised two sons – John Paul and Tim McSwain. While her boys and later her grandkids were young, Helen enjoyed spending time with them during athletic events and outdoor activities. Billy and Helen also enjoyed family RV trips. A devoted Christian with a strong faith, Helen laid a foundation for her children by reading Bible stories to them each morning before school. During their childhood, Helen worked in the family business – Mac’s Frosty Shop in Logansport and later, she drove a school bus for DeSoto Parish. After her children were grown, Helen pursued her passion as a caregiver by earning a degree in Nursing. As an LPN, she worked for Willis Knighton Hospital. She later retired to stay home and care for her grandson, Tyler. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling to local churches to hear Gospel music bands. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Logansport for over 20 years and was most recently a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by her son, Tim McSwain and wife Paula of Mont Belvieu; grandchildren, Daniel McSwain of Anahuac, Tyler McSwain and wife Peyton of Joaquin, Logan McSwain and wife Kara of Anahuac, and Bailee Smith and husband Cole of Joaquin; great grandchildren, Landry, John Tyler, and Paxton McSwain, Mikelyn Smith, and Harper McSwain; daughter-in-law, Joel McSwain Bumback of Joaquin; brother, Willie Tyler of Huxley; and sister, Grace McMahan of Austin.
Preceded in death by husband of 60 years, Billy McSwain; son, John Paul McSwain; father, William Herman Tyler and wife, Ollie; and mother, Jennie Wimberly O’Riley and husband Pat.
Pallbearers will be Daniel McSwain, Tyler McSwain, Logan McSwain, Cole Smith, Jimmy McSwain, and Stephen Ford.
Honorary pallbearer will be John Tyler McSwain.
Memorial donations can be made in Helen’s name to Jackson Baptist Church Building Fund PO Box 1047 / Physical address is - 11620 State Highway 7E,Joaquin, Texas 75954. Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com