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Originally published: 2014-05-19 13:32:22
Last modified: 2014-05-19 13:33:07

Guy T. Swain Sr.

Guy T. Swain Sr., Ed. D. of Greenville, N.C., died Friday May 16, 2014 at his home.
     A graveside funeral service was held 2 p.m. Tuesday May 20, 2014, at the Boyd Redditt Cemetery of Edward, NC officiated by pastor Bobby Smith.  
     The family received friends following the service at the cemetery.
    He was born October 28, 1925, in Tyrrell County, the son of the late William C. Swain and Cleora Smithwick Swain. He graduated from Aurora High School in 1943, and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II, followed by 20 years of active-inactive service in the Naval Reserve.
     Dr. Swain was a graduate of High Point University, Appalachian State University and Duke University. He began his career teaching in Surry County and was the first principal of East Rowan and Southern Nash High Schools.  He was also principal of Stony Point (Alexander), Jonesville (Yadkin), J.H. Rose (Greenville), and Pinecrest (Moore) High Schools. He felt that his greatest reward as a principal was to see Southern Nash Senior High School students and faculty totally integrated safely and with a broad curriculum including vocational education and student activities, provided for a majority of the students.
     Dr. Swain was professor of education at Appalachian State University for 17 years and taught school administration and school law. He was elected co-teacher of the year in his department in 1974 and teacher of the year in 1975. He was also selected professor emeritus of education at Appalachian following his retirement in 1986.
     He was a member of the Methodist Church, Aurora Masonic Lodge, Winston-Salem Scottish Rite Bodies and the American Legion.
     Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Redditt Swain; son, Guy T. Swain Jr. of Greenville; sisters, Laura Matthews and husband Jack of Richmond, and Ann Scott and husband Bill of Glenn Burnie, Md.; and sister-in-law Sophie Swain of Ernul.   He was predeceased by two sisters, Grace Spruill and Mary Lee Mencin and two brothers, Ras Swain and David L. Swain Sr.
     In lieu of flowers. memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Eastern NC Chapter, 1305 Navaho Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC  27609.
     Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting
     Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Swain family.