James Sidney Swaim, 77, passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at Forsyth Medical Center. Mr. Swaim was born Dec. 27, 1942, in Yadkin County to the late Clayton Bynum and Rema Sale Swaim. He faithfully attended Mining Ridge Baptist Church and loved his pastor, Terry Longworth. Mr. Swaim retired from NCDOT after 32 years of service with the maintenance department. After retirement, he worked at Walmart for 7 ½ years. He was a devoted Christian and did lawn maintenance for his church for 12 years. He spent countless hours mowing the grounds and keeping up the cemetery. Mr. Swaim was a volunteer fireman for State Road Fire Department for 20 years until he became medically unable to continue. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather to his family and was a man of integrity. Mr. Swaim led his family in strong Christian beliefs and inspired hard work and strong family values.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Swaim was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Swaim, and a nephew, Eric Swaim. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 54 years, Linda Brewer Swaim; children, Rebecca (Bernie) Bryant and Jayme (Leon) Shatley; grandchildren, Kayla Bryant, Alexander Lyons, Madison Shatley and Hannah Creel; a brother, John (Cathy) Swaim; and several nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, at Gentry Family Chapel in Jonesville with Rev. Steve Mahaffey, Rev. Samuel Longworth and Dale Baldwin officiating. Burial will follow at Mining Ridge Baptist Church cemetery. Mr. Swaim will be available for viewing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mining Ridge Baptist Church, 3815 Mining Ridge Church Rd., State Road, N.C., 28676.
The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the entire church family for the love, care and prayers during this difficult time. They also wish to express this to staff of Mountain Valley Hospice and Forsyth Medical Center ICU for the loving care given to Mr. Swaim.
Online condolences may be made at www.gentryfuneralservice.com. Gentry Family Funeral Service in Jonesville is serving the Swaim family.