James "Jim" Swafford

Saturday, March 28, 1936 - Friday, May 25, 2018

A Man Deeply Missed

Photo of James "Jim" Swafford  - 1936-2018

Canton-  On Friday May 25, 2018, James “Jim” Porter Swafford, age 82, a loving father and grandfather, entered into his eternal heavenly home.

Mr. Swafford was born March 28, 1936 to the late Claude Edgar Swafford and the late Mary Jane Kephart Swafford. He was a lifelong native of Haywood County and retired from Champion International with many years of dedicated service. Mr. Swafford was a faithful member of Canton First United Methodist Church, where he had served as a member of the Board of Trustees and he also gave of his time and talent as a master craftsman to help repair and remodel the church, always making certain that things were kept in pristine condition. He was a member of Masonic Pigeon River Lodge #386 AF and AM where he made many friendships throughout the years.  He loved to hunt and also to spend time in his garden. Jim deeply loved his family and it gives us peace to know that he will be forever with his Lord in eternity.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Devlin Swafford who passed away in 1997 and also his son, Eddie Swafford.

Surviving are his daughters, Janice Swafford Plemmons and her husband, Michael Plemmons of Canton and Mary Beth Swafford and her husband, Gary Buckner of Woodfin; grandchildren, Heather Vella of Canton, James Michael Plemmons, II and his wife, Rebecca Plemmons of Canton, Stephen Christopher Plemmons and his wife, Kendra Plemmons of Canton, Wesley Buckner and his wife, Amanda Buckner of Fairview and Tim Buckner and his wife, Stephanie Buckner of Fairview; great-grandchildren, Michael, Grace,Justus,Jada, Caleb, Emma, Krew, Ketch, Theo, Marley and Sonny and also a precious baby blessing soon to be born;  Jim’s  special pug dog, “Booger ”, Jr. and many friends.

The funeral service will be at 3:00 pm  Sunday, May 27, 2018 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service.  Reverend Clay Morgan and Reverend Jodi Hopkins will be officiating.  The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.

Memorials may be made to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565 or the Haywood County Rescue Squad, PO Box 1275, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Swafford family.    



Condolences from family and friends


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Janice and Beth, you have my prayers, love and heartfelt condolences in the loss of your dad. Please call me for anything you need. All my love.
Karen S Cook
Love, hugs, and prayers for all of you!
Rita Rhoden
Janice and Beth, We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a good neighbor to Mother and Daddy. We all have you both in our thoughts and prayers.
Joy Brown
Janice I'm so sorry for your lost .I know it's been a long struggle. He has his wings now
Jo Ann Stamey king
So sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I had the privilege of serving with him on the Champion International Canton mill fire department. We shared some fun times together. Prayers to all the family.
Ken Johnson
Janice and Beth -- You are in my thoughts and prayers at the passing of your dad.
Margaret Doutt Foote
Our sympathies to your dear family.
Lisa and Rob Patten
Sorry for your loss Miss Jan and family....
Earl Wood
Janice, So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Nealia Yarborough Brunson
Janice, Beth & family So sorry for your loss. My prayers and sympathy go out to you. My God help you through this difficult time.
Janice Plemmons
Janice and Beth, we are so sad to hear of your Dads passing. Your family will be in our prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Sam and Becky Trantham