01/09/09 - NNHS Newsletter - John Swain

John Raymond Swain
(05 Apr 1927 - 05 Jan 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 1944

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today. John Swain, Class of 1944, passed away in Newport News at the age of 81.

From the Daily Press - 01/09/09:

  John Raymond Swain


NEWPORT NEWS - John Raymond Swain was born April 5, 1927, in Rocky Mount, N.C. He graduated from Newport News High in 1944; was raised and retired and passed away in Newport News Jan. 5, 2009. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in WWII and Korea.

He began reading the newspaper at age five. Writing beautiful poetry and prose continued to be his source of joy throughout the years. He shared many poems with me and has encouraged my own literary efforts. "Daddy" maintained a gifted command of verbal and written expression. Other memorable talents and activities included his sense of humor, love for playing the harmonica, Bible study, and completing hundreds of crossword puzzles.

He moved our family from Hampton, Va., to Greenville, Miss., in 1966 to work for Lewis Grocery Company with his older brother, Howard. He later worked as a meat manager for the Jitney Jungle grocery store in Greenville. While in Greenville, my dad became a baptized member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He was a church elder and filled in for our pastor on numerous occasions with eloquent sermons.

Mr. Swain is survived by two daughters, Dr. Becky Conerly and husband Lee, of Byram, Miss., Patricia Bolton and husband, Ray, of Florence, Miss.; son, David Swain and wife Adele, of North Attleboro, Maine; grandchildren, Bethany and Brighton Paul of Byram, Miss., Kelly and Mark Bolton of Florence, Miss., and Zachary and Elana Swain of North Attleboro, Maine; three great-grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Ruth Masters, of Newport News; and nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave. Hampton, VA 23666.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press from 1/7/2009 - 1/9/2009.
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009


I'm very sorry to hear about Mr. Swain's passing. I know you were very close and affectionately referred to him as "brother". May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.
Dawn Stewart (former employee of the Chesapeake), Hampton, Virginia Contact Me

Thursday, January 08, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Although I didn't get to know Brother well, I enjoyed spending time with him.

Katie Rose
CNA, The Chesapeake
Katie Rose, Yorktown, Virginia


  Our sincerest condolences are extended to the Swain family and their friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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