John Leonard Swain, 75, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at his home. A Graveside service will be held Saturday at 3:00 PM at Woodlawn Cemetery with military honors and Masonic rites.
Mr Swain was born in Martin County on May 1, 1938, son of the late John Eason and Bertie Gurganus Swain. He was the owner and operator of Swain's Wood Shop. He had served as Police Chief for several years and as a town commissioner. He also served in the United States Air Force. He was an active bail bondsman, and a 32 degree Mason, Scottish rite and a Shriner.
On December 20, 1960 he married Ruth Fisk Swain who survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are a daughter Lori Matamoros and husband Erik of Williamston, son Jack Swain and wife Debbie of Williamston, brothers Bud Swain and wife Janice of Williamston, Robert Swain and wife Penny and Rick Swain and wife Judy all of Robersonville, sisters Ruth Roberson and husband Maehugh of Robersonville and Grace Jones of Matthews, 6 grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother Hubert Swain.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00-2:30 PM at West End Baptist Church and other times at the residence 1204 W Main St Williamston or the Swain Plantation Race Track Road Robersonville. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church or the