James Edward Swafford "Jim" 74 of Franklin, NC passed away October 3, 2021. James was born May 25, 1947, in Macon County, NC to Emma Jean Bryant Swafford and the late James Robert Swafford. He was a construction builder and masonry worker. James was a family man and enjoyed spending time with them and his animals but would take the time to go play bingo or hunt ginseng. He was a prankster and enjoyed making people laugh. James served in the Marines and completed two tours in Korea and Vietnam. He attended Burningtown Church of God.
James is survived by his mother, Emma Jean Swafford; his wife, Ellen Diane Rowland Swafford; three daughters, Jasmine Schrichten (Ron), Rene Glass (Bill) and Ellen Swafford; five grandchildren, Nicole Armstrong (Andrew), Thomas Slease, Dalton Schrichten, Brandi East (Eran) and Matthew Glass; 2 great-grandchildren Ansley Armstrong and Axton Armstrong; four brothers, Rick Swafford, Sandy Swafford, Louis Swafford and Eddie Swafford; several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 4:00pm Friday October 8, 2021, at the Bryant Grant Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ronnie Branson, Pastor Louis Swafford, Pastor Donald Bates and Matthew Glass officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00pm-4:00pm prior to the service.
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Swafford family. Online condolences can be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com
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