In Memory of Chaplain Donald McSwain

Don McSwain peacefully passed away Monday, January 16, 2023 at his home surrounded by his wife and children. Although Don was born in Shelby, his military service of 36 years allowed him to live all over the United States and in Germany for 5 years, as well as serve 1 year in Vietnam.
He returned to his beloved hometown of Shelby in 1991. He graduated from Shelby High School, Gardner Webb University, Limestone College, Long Island University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and achieved the Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological University. While working in the cotton mill, Don became a Christian and then felt the calling to become a minister. He led many people to follow Jesus. He pastored 3 civilian churches: Sharon Baptist Church, Bells Baptist Church and Sandy Plains Baptist Church, as well as many military chapels around the world. Don was passionate about fishing, reading, golf and he felt a great love for all animals, domesticated and wild. He loved traveling, especially leading tours to Jerusalem.
His greatest love was for his wife Rachael, his children, Deborah (Matt Gregory), David, and Terri (Eric Kiss), as well as his 4 grandchildren David, Rachel (Dillon Dunn), Karis and Micah. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Woodrow and Nell McSwain, his siblings, James (“Bud”), Larry, Jane Rearick, and David Whitney.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cleveland County Hospice.
Cecil M Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the McSwain family. A memorial service will be held, Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 2PM, in the Chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory
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Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
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