Barbara Winfrey Swaim
1938 - 2021
Salem Funerals & Cremations - Downtown
120 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC
Swaim, Barbara (Lynn) Winfrey

January 16, 1938 - July 15, 2021

Lynn Winfrey Swaim died Friday, July 15, 2021 in her home surrounded by loved ones. Lynn was born on January 16, 1938 in Ellicott City, Maryland to George Dewey Winfrey and Ivel Johnson Winfrey.

Lynn's early life was centered primarily around Church (College Park Baptist) and school (Old Richmond). She graduated from Old Richmond High School and completed a one-year secretarial program at UNC Greensboro.

Lynn and Jesse Edward Swaim, Jr. were married on November 23, 1956. They were blessed with two daughters, Debbie Dean (John) and Judy Watkins (Brian). Lynn worked primarily as a homemaker with part-time jobs as a church secretary (Messiah Moravian, Christ Moravian, the Moravian Board Office, and in later years with Sotile Psychological Associates).

Lynn was a member of Christ Moravian Church for over 60 years and actively participated at various times in the choir, playing the piano, as a Sunday School teacher and a youth group leader. Lynn was a terrific cook and loved to make meals for family and friends. She enjoyed knitting, including sweaters, over 150 Christmas stockings for family and friends, baby blankets for the hospital NICU, and sweaters for Appalachian children in need. Lynn loved her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The family would like to give special thanks to caregivers Kebba Banner and Tiffany Diehl.

Lynn was pre-deceased by her loving husband of 57 years, parents, brothers George, Robert, and Henry. Survivors include daughters, son-in-laws, four grandsons, Matthew (Tatia) and Samuel Wooten (Kim), Andy (fiancé Brittany) and Ben Watkins (Brittany); five great-grandchildren, Blake, Peyton, Chase, Paisley, and Finnley Wooten; sister, Shirley Smith and sister-in-law, Marie Winfrey; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday July 24, 2021 at Christ Moravian Church with The Rev. Richard Spaugh officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to Christ Moravian Church, General Fund, 919 W. Academy St., Winston-Salem, NC, 27101 or Trellis Supportive Care of Forsyth County, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Condolences may be made online at

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Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Jul. 21, 2021.
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My cousin Lynn was more than two years younger than I am, one of the things that makes her death so sad. As youngsters in our pre-teens---not a word that we used then--we visited, with my younger brother and her older sister, at each others's home for a week or so during summers, and we grew especially close, with childhood pranks, jokes, and teasing to draw us together. We lost that closeness when we became adults, and my wife Becky and I moved to Chattanooga, but my memory of her accepting our teasing and tricks with aplomb--also not a word we used then--is one of my lasting recollections. May she rest In peace as her loving self is never forgotten.
Larry Ingle
July 22, 2021
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