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.
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, and is a volunteer with Consolidated # 5 Fire Department. He is also a member of the Newberry College Athletic Club. J.C. is married to Charlsie Counts Doolittle and they have two daughters, Paige and Laura, and four grandchildren, Taylor, Madison, Harper and Daniel. They also have one great grandchild, Brynleigh. J.C. enjoys his grandchildren, Newberry College and Clemson football, and working in his yard. J.C.began working part-time with the firm in December of 2008.
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 Newberry Council on Aging where she is the Home Care Director. Donna has resided in Newberry for over 30 years and is active in the community. She was a member of the Newberry Community Choir. In her free time Donna enjoys sports, music and reading. She is the widow of Tom Perry and has one daughter, Meghan 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 is married to the former Sinclair Kemper. Jime is a former member of Aveleigh Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon, Elder and Trustee. Jim has two step-sons. He began employment with the firm in March of 2011.
Doug MacFarlane Doug is a licensed Funeral Director who began his employment with the firm in the 1960’s and in the early 70’s left the firm to pursue a 34 year career with the South Carolina Department Transportation. Upon his retirement from SCDOT he returned to work part time with McSwain – Evans Funeral Home. Doug is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, a 50 year member of Amity Lodge #87, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 226, and a former member of the S.C National Guard. He is a graduate of Newberry College. When not working at the Funeral Home he enjoys working on his farm and tending the animals on the farm. He is married to Sylvia MacFarlane, retired Director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Piedmont Technical College.
Sylvia MacFarlane Sylvia is a Licensed Veterinary Technologist retired from Piedmont Technical College and began working for McSwain – Evans Funeral home in 2014 upon retirement. She is a Newberry College graduate and worked in various administrative positions at Newberry College for 28 years. She is an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where she serves on the Alter Guild, and as Lay Reader. She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 226. Sylvia continues to be involved in the community by serving in animal related organizations. She is past president of the Newberry County Humane Society. In retirement she enjoys working with her husband Doug on the farm and enjoys gardening, pottery, crafts, reading, genealogy and caring for the animals on the farm.