Gene McSwain


Gene McSwain, 75, of Carthage, went to be with the Lord on October 30, 2016, at his residence.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams and Bro. Wade Floyd officiating.  Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.
Mr. McSwain was born April 30, 1941, in San Augustine to Warren G. McSwain and Lillian Brown McSwain.  He served in the United States Army as a Military Policeman.  He had a great love for music and had a Gospel Music Ministry for a number of years.  He worked in the paper mill industry for many years from which he retired as a maintenance supervisor in 2007.  He loved gardening and woodwork.  He was continuously helping others with a project such as remodeling.  He had to have everything just right even down to the smallest detail or he would remove it and start again.  He was a perfectionist with everything. He loved and cherished his wife, Betty, and loved his family, but most of all, he loved the Lord.  He was a member of Galloway Methodist Church, but most importantly, he was a member of God’s Heavenly Church.
He is survived by
Wife: Betty Sue McSwain of Carthage
Gina Maes and husband, Mark
Marguerite Hurley
Stephie McSwain
Beverly Smith
Sheila Chandler
Karen Halstead and husband, John
Janet Ritter and husband, Blake
Joel Graves and wife, Deanna
Ken Graves and wife, Heather
Neal Graves and wife, Jessica
Father: Warren G. McSwain of Center
Jeanette Mena and husband, Lynn, of Broaddus
Edna Rae Carroll and husband, Bob, of Tomball
Brother: Travis McSwain and wife, Donna, of Cypress
Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and all who loved him dearly
Preceded in death by
Infant Daughter: Lisa McSwain
Daughter: Evelyn McSwain
Mother: Lillian McSwain
Baby Brother: Ronnie McSwain
Pallbearers will be Gene Edward Smith, Joel Graves, Ken Graves, Neal Graves, Matthew Chandler, Zackary Ritter and Blake Ritter.  Honorary pallbearers will be Verlon Luman, Lynn Mena and Bobby McSwain.
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