William Edsel Swain, lovingly known as "Bill," left this world on September 30, 2023, at the age of 77. Born on June 21, 1946, in Mineral Bluff, Georgia, Bill's life was a testament to his kind-heartedness, generosity, and quick wit.
Bill's unwavering faith in Christ was an integral part of his life. His attendance at church was a testament to his devotion, and his resounding "Amen" was unmistakable, echoing throughout the pews. He would give everyone he could a copy of his favorite devotional, "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers.
Bill was a treasure to all who knew him, with his infectious laughter and a one of a kind personality. He had a unique sense of humor and was a master storyteller, captivating his audience with his jokes and tales. His love for poetry was evident, as he would often recite verses that touched the hearts of those around him.
Bill loved spending time outdoors especially hunting, fishing and long walks in the woods. He had a special talent for crafting homemade walking sticks, which he proudly showcased on his adventures. Bill's love for bluegrass music resonated deep within him, and he took every opportunity to immerse himself in its soothing melodies. He also had a knack for playing cards, particularly spades, and was never one to shy away from a friendly game.
In 1964 Bill graduated from Copper Basin High School and after, he bravely served his country during the Vietnam War, demonstrating incredible courage and selflessness. After Vietnam, Bill proudly worked for Norfolk Southern for over 38 years.
In addition to these hobbies and interests, Bill had a talent for sharpening knives, earning him the title of the ultimate knife sharpener among his family and friends. He had a love for nature, making sure to care for and feed the birds that visited his yard.
Bill was preceded in passing by his parents, Herman "Sam" and Lula Swain, and his siblings, Doris McFry, Dot Swain, Faye Crawford and Boone Swain.
Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 53 years, Shelia Swain, his son, Sam Swain (Jennifer Falls), his daughter, Christy (Kirk) Falls. He is also survived by his sisters, Kay (Johnny) Montgomery, Wanda Shults and by his grandchildren, McKenzie Falls and Brandan Falls as well as many nieces and nephews. Bill's legacy of kindness, laughter, and love will continue to live on through them and the countless lives he touched.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Clark Funeral Home & Chapel. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Friday, October 6, 2023 at 11:00am at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 2056 Hiram Douglasville Hwy, Hiram, Georgia. Friends and family are invited to gather and remember the joy he brought into our lives.
Though Bill may no longer be with us, his spirit will forever be cherished, and his laughter will echo in our hearts.
2 Corinthians 5:8
"To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."
From one of Bill's favorite poems,
"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though...
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.