Samuel Dean Swann, 75, of Spruce Pine, passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Mr. Swann was born Sept. 28, 1942, in McDowell County, to the late Clarence Arnold Swann and Effie Boone Swann. He was a member of Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Spruce Pine and served as a Deacon.

He served our country proudly in the United States Air Force for 14 years, and he served in the U.S. Army for 11 years. He loved the brothers and sisters he served with in the 211th MP Company and kept in touch with many of them over the years.

After retiring from the military, Mr. Swann was a mechanic and worked as a service manager for Spruce Pine Chevrolet, Spruce Pine Ford and Carolina Tire. Mr. Swann was a very loving and outgoing person. He had a magnetic personality and he loved talking with people. He had a "Pen Ministry" for the past six years. He wore a big, beautiful smile everyday and would hand out his pens that were engraved with the message "Jesus Loves You."

Surviving Mr. Swann are his wife of 53 years, Annie Marie Porras Swann; a son, Bill (Michelle) Swann of Bakersville; daughters, Terri (Allen) Hughes of Spruce Pine, and Starla Fox of Marion; grandchildren, Kayla and Kyle Ponder, Jessica (Josh) Laws, Dustin and Colton Swann; and great-grandchildren, Baylee Tipton and Gabe Laws, who were very dear to his heart.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 4, at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. following the visitation, with Pastor Brandon Pittman officiating.

Burial will be held at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 5, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

Kirksey Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Swann family.

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