Tom McSwain

GASTONIA - Tom McSwain, 70, passed away Feb. 27, 2013, at the VA Hospital in Salisbury.

A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Wade Thomas and Evelyn Beam McSwain.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Gene McSwain; son-in-law, Lonnie Pettit; and sister-in-law, Betty McSwain.

Tom was a member of King Soloman Masonic Lodge #704 where he was a master mason, past master and past secretary and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Tom loved to ride his Harley, loved the outdoors and was always there to help anyone in need.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Rece Rosario Lescano McSwain; son, Jeffrey Todd McSwain of Kings Mountain; daughter, Micki Rae McSwain Pettit of Kings Mountain; sister, Annie Ruth McSwain Brackett and husband, Jim, of Fallston; brother, Mitchell McSwain of Shelby; grandchildren, Jeffrey McSwain and fiancée, Brandi Davis, Ashley McSwain, Sage Luley, Mati Pettit, Alayna Pettit; great-grandchild, Payton McSwain.

A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory.

The Rev. Jim Brackett will be officiating.

Burial will be in Cleveland Memorial Park with full military and masonic rites.

A rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the receiving of friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. McSwain.

Guest registry is available at

Published in Gaston Gazette from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2013