About Us

Founded over 70 years ago by L. Lee McSwain, the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home has worked through the years to provide Newberry and the surrounding communities with a caring and convenient funeral facility.

From its extensive facility, anchored by the old Ramage Home (circa 1850) in historic downtown Newberry, McSwain-Evans offers a variety of services and products that can be tailored to meet your needs.

Whether you are planning ahead or have an immediate need, we want to help. And helping is what we do best.

To find out more regarding us, please review one of the articles below.

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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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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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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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