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As with any funeral home the care and concern of the staff is what makes the difference 
and at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home that is never more evident.
 
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Gregory E. Evans was born in Newberry, and is a graduate of Newberry High School and the Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service of Atlanta. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of First Baptist Church and the Rotary Club of Newberry. He is married to the former Denise Wicker and the father of three children, Hampton, Graham and Anna Grace. He is National Board licensed funeral director, embalmer and S.C. licensed pre-need life insurance agent. Greg is the President of the firm and is a sports enthusiast. You may contact Greg at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 
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Grace Werts Evans (July 8, 1940-May 21, 2009) was born in the Jolly Street community of Newberry County, and was a graduate of Prosperity High School and Newberry College. In 1965 she married C. Eugene Evans. They had two children, Gena and Greg. In 1982 she and Gene purchased McSwain Funeral Home. She became a funeral director in 1986 and from 1996 until her death was the President of the firm.

 
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Heath "Pete" Simpson, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, has been employed with the firm since 1986. He is also a licensed pre-need life insurance agent. Pete is a graduate of Newberry College and the Fayetteville Community College. He is a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church where he is an ordained deacon and church treasurer. He is a member of the Newberry Lions Club. Pete has been employed part-time since 1995 as the office administrator of the Newberry Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. You may contact Pete at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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Benjamin F. Cromer is a Pomaria native. He began his employment with the firm in 1987 while a student at Mid-Carolina High School. He attended Clemson University and Midlands Technical College. He is an avid sports fan especially for Clemson football, and enjoys playing golf in his spare time. Benjie is married to the former Shannon Johnston of Belmont, NC and is the father sons, Connor and Blair. Benjie and his family reside in Little Mountain, SC. They are members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. You may contact Ben at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
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Raymond E. Smith was born and reared in the Mt. Pleasant Community of Newberry County where he continues to reside. He is a graduate of Pomaria High School and attended Columbia Business College. He retired after 30 years of service from the S.C. Department of Revenue as an individual state tax examiner. Raymond has been employed with the firm since 1988. He is a very active member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church where he is a member of the church choir, the 55+ Group, the Methodist Men, a Sunday School Teacher and serves on numerous boards and committees. He is also a member of the Newberry Community Choir.

 

 
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Betty Baker Carter is a life-long resident of Newberry, and is a graduate of Newberry High School and Converse College. She was married to the late Dr. Sydney Carter. Betty retired as a public school teacher and has been employed with the firm since 1991. She is an active member of Central United Methodist Church and is the mother of a son, Richard and a granddaughter, Elizabeth.

 

 
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John Jackson "Bill" McSwain (October 27, 1927 - September 28, 2014) Bill was born in Newberry and was the son of the late Lee McSwain and Agnes McSwain Wallace founders of McSwain Funeral Home. He was a graduate of Newberry High School and the University of Minnesota. He retired in 1991 as manager of Bobo Funeral Home in Spartanburg. He and his wife the former Julia Boozer upon retirement relocated to Lake Murray and resided there until just prior to his death when they moved to Newberry. He was employed part-time with our firm as a licensed funeral director and embalmer for several years following his return to Newberry County.  Bill was an active member of Aveleigh Presbyterian Church.

 

 
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Joe H. Welborn was born in Newberry, and is a graduate of Newberry High School and the Cincinnati College of Embalming, and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Upon completion of mortuary college Joe was employed as a funeral director and embalmer at McSwain Funeral Home. He later went to work for the Newberry Post Office from which he retired. After retirement from the Post Office Joe began part-time employment with the firm in 1996.  Joe no longer works for the firm on a regular basis, but with his vast history with the firm that spans practically his entire life McSwain-Evans Funeral Home still considers him a part of the team.  Today he continues to work with stained glass and over the years through his talent has reproduced numerous historical buildings of Newberry County. He also has written a book on the history of the American Legion and is a member of Aveleigh Presbyterian Church. He is married to Sal Cochcroft Welborn.

 

 
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Leigh Ringer is our AfterCare Coordinator.  She is assists caregivers and family members who have lost loved ones through the grieving process by providing information, emotional support, telephone contact, and limited grief counseling as requested by family members.  She and her husband Cecil reside in Boiling Springs, SC and is available as needed for grief support.  She is the coordinator of our Annual Memorial service held in November and has held workshops in Newberry for those desiring grief support through a group setting. Please see our resource section for more details about Leigh.

 
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Kenneth Shealy resides in Prosperity and has been with our firm since 2001. He is a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.  He and his wife, Joyce, have one son, Kenny, and two granddaughters.  He retired from Kaywood in Joanna after 35 years. He attended school at St. Philips, Pomaria and graduated from Mid-Carolina High School. Kenneth enjoys the outside doing odd jobs around his home.  He is a regular Breakfast Club member around town.

 
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William Lever a resident of Pomaria has been with our firm since 2006 after retiring from Food Lion after 21 years of service.  William is a member of First Baptist Church where he is on the usher board and helps conduct Sunday School at the local nursing homes each month.  He is the father of a son, Todd and has two step-daughters. 
 
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J.C. Doolittle has lived his entire live in Pomaria.  Following his graduation from Mid-Carolina High School, he entered the forestry business with his father.  In 1973, he formed his own company and headed that business until his retirement in May, 2008.  He is a member of Pomaria Lutheran Church, Pomaria Ruritan Club, SC Timber Producers Association and IPTAY.  He is a volunteer with Condolidated # 5 Fire Department.  J.C. is married to Charlsie Counts Doolittle and they have two daughters, Paige and Laura, and four grandchildren, Taylor, Madison, Harper and Daniel.  J.C. enjoys his grandchildren, Clemson football and basketball, and working in his yard. J.C.began working part-time with the firm in December of 2008. 
 
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Donna Perry a native of Greenwood joined our firm in October 2009 as a greeter.  She is a registered nurse who is a full time employee of the Newberry Council on Aging where she is  a home health coordinator.  Donna and her husband, Tom, have resided in Newberry for over 25 years and are very active in the community.  She is a member of Aveleigh Presbyterian Church and the Newberry Community Choir.  She and Tom have one daughter, Meagan, who is a college student.

 

 
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Jim Talbot has been a resident of Newberry since 1996 and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.  He retired, in 2007, as the Controller of the Georgia-Pacific Plywood Plant in Prosperity.  Jim was employed by Greenlawn Memorial Park in Columbia, SC in the late 1970's  He is a Navy veteran.  His hobbies include golf and fishing.  Jim and his wife, the former Sinclair Kemper, are members of Aveleigh Presbyterian Church where he has served as a Deacon, Elder and Trustee.  Jim has two step-sons.  He began employment with the firm in March of 2011.

 
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Doug MacFarlane is a licensed funeral director who began his employment with the firm in the 1960's and in the early 70's left to work a thirty plus year career with the SC Highway Department.  Upon his retirement he returned to work part-time with our firm.  He and his wife, Sylvia are members of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

 
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Sylvia MacFarlane retired from the Piedmont Technical College and began working part-time in 2014.  She and her husband, Doug, are members of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.