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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has resided in Newberry for over 30ears and are very active in the community. She is a member of the Newberry Community Choir. She is the widow of Tom Perry and has one daughter, Meagan Perry who resides in Atlanta, GA.
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.
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.