Julia Faye McSwain PDF Print E-mail

Julia Faye Boozer McSwain, 89, of Newberry, widow of John J. (Bill) McSwain, passed from this life on January 14, 2020. Born February 27, 1930, in Prosperity, SC, she was the daughter of the late James V. and Freddie Dawkins Boozer.

Mrs. McSwain was a graduate of Stoney Hill School, Columbia Hospital School of Nursing, and completed coursework at the University of SC. From 1950 through 1995, she worked as an RN and supervisor at Newberry Hospital, Mary Black Memorial Hospital (Spartanburg), Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and its Ask-A-Nurse Program. After her husband’s retirement, they relocated to the family home on Lake Murray. She continued to work part-time for Dr. E. J. Dickert for another 10 years.

One of her favorite pastimes was singing. She had her own radio show on WKDK from 1950-1951, and often sang at the weddings of family and friends. A long-time member of Aveleigh Presbyterian Church, she enjoyed singing soprano in the choir until she was 80. Julia was an avid Bridge and Shanghai player, loved working the daily crossword puzzle, and dared anyone to call when Jeopardy! was on. Traveling the world with her husband was the highlight of their retirement. But nothing brought her joy or made her light up like her 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Julia Rebecca McSwain (Dr. Kert Kolehma) of Charleston, and Neel B. McSwain (Alice) of Marietta, GA; grandchildren, John M. Reynolds III (Dr. Megan Wilkins) of Memphis, TN, James F. Reynolds (Lindsey) of Portland, OR, Sarah M. Morgan (Dr. Daniel) of Burke, VA, Erin R. McSwain-Davis (Cooper Davis) of Atlanta, GA, and Anna B. McSwain of Marietta, GA; great-grandchildren, Nolan McSwain Reynolds and Coralyn Kies Reynolds of Memphis, TN, and Luke Alexander Morgan of Burke, VA; as well as her faithful sister-in-law, Carrie Lee McSwain Pritchard of Lake Murray.

Mrs. McSwain was predeceased by her husband and love of her life for 62 years, John Jackson (Bill) McSwain, Sr., son, John Jackson McSwain, Jr., and daughter, Tracy Lee McSwain.

Visitation will be held from 10-11am, Saturday, January 18, at Aveleigh Presbyterian Church in Newberry, SC, followed by her funeral service at 11:00 am. A committal service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aveleigh Presbyterian Church, 1211 Calhoun Street, Newberry, SC 29108, or to the charity of one's choice.

Active pallbearers will be the staff of McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the many people who visited, entertained, cheered her on, and helped give her the strength to keep her cancer at bay. “We also extend our gratitude to the staff of Unit 4 at Springfield Place for the kindness and care you gave her for over 2 years. She loved you all.”

 

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#12 Moye Family 2020-01-17 09:59
We have found memories of her in the choir with Ollie & Alicia at Aveleigh. Mom and Dad enjoyed the good times at bridge games with Bill and Julia Faye while the children played together. Mickey and Johnny were friends through his life. It was good having your family as friendly neighbors. To all family members we understand and feel your lost of a wonderful Christian woman. Love and prayers.
 
 
#11 Tracie Turner 2020-01-17 09:19
Heaven gained a beautiful angel this week! What a precious lady inside and out! Although I am sad and will really miss you, I’m thankful that you are no longer in pain and that you finished your journey here on Earth with such grace and humility totally “Julia” style!! My prayers for comfort to Becki, Neel and your families! Your Mama was so proud and loved all of you so much, I hope you find comfort knowing that you have a beautiful angel watching over you. My love to you all! Tracie
 
 
#10 Anna Marie Nicosia 2020-01-16 10:04
I am sad to read Mrs. Julia Faye has passed away. She was beautiful inside and out. Her sister-in-law, Mrs. Carrie Lee, and my mother, Marie Fellers Nicosia, grew up together. Momma thought so much of both of them, as do I. May your memories and God's love help comfort you in the difficult days ahead.

Anna Marie Nicosia
 
 
#9 Karen craven 2020-01-16 05:44
So sorry to here of your moms passing MRS Julia was a very special lady I got to know her through the years and come to know her at Springfield and she always had smile for you lots of love and prayers Karen craven
 
 
#8 Bridgette McSwain 2020-01-15 19:52
My God hold you tightly at your time of need. Prayer
 
 
#7 VEERNA KOHN CAVANAUG 2020-01-15 18:09
DEAR FAMILY F=MEMBERS, SADDENED TO LOSE THIS LOVELY LADY. SHE EXUDED LOVE, WARMTH, FRIENDSHIP, CONCERN AND CARING TO ALL WHO KNEW HER. MY LATE HUSBAND, MARTYN, AND I ENJOYED THE HOSPITALITY AT THEIR LAKE HOME. AND WE ENJOYED THE FELLOWSHIP IN OUR SUPPER BRIDGE CLUB. ALTHOUGH OUR PATHS SELDOM CROSSED, IT WAS ALWAYS A TREAT TO SEE JULIA AND
"CATCH UP" MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF YOU. VERNA CAVANAUGH
 
 
#6 CHristine Tribble 2020-01-15 16:58
My condolences to all of the family! I'm going to miss you to the fullest! I enjoyed pampering you and having plenty of good conversations. Always so sweet!
 
 
#5 Lorraine Bradley 2020-01-15 16:24
Julia was one of the nicest, sweetest people I have ever known and I feel Blessed to have known her since my membership with Aveleigh Presbyterian Church 18 years. I totally enjoyed seeing her and hearing her in the Choir and greeting her and Bill at Church. My sincere sympathy to the family and I know she and Bill are now Smiling, together again.
 
 
#4 Donna Berley 2020-01-15 15:14
“Miss Julia Faye” was one of the sweetest women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She always had a smile on her face when I visited her on Lake Murray and then later at Springfield. She made a room light up. Prayers are with the family. The Cotney family along with the Berley family send their condolences.
 
 
#3 Paula M. Mills 2020-01-15 12:28
Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers. I am honored to have worked with Mrs. Julia during her years with Dr. Dickert. She always had a smile, a loving touch and loved to teach the younger generations of medical professionals that passed through our office. I loved hearing her sing to the patients and see her delight when a baby was brought in to the office for their first visit. God placed her in our lives to teach us that there is no greater love than giving of one's talents
to help others. May God comfort you all during this sad time and renew your faith that we will all join in His heavenly kingdom.
 
 
#2 Margaret/Heber long 2020-01-15 07:54
We are so very sorry for your loss. We loved Julia Faye so much. Such a beautiful lady inside and out. Enjoyed being around her. We loved visiting her at the nursing home. She always greeted us with her beautiful smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
 
 
#1 Lynn W Wessinger 2020-01-14 21:24
We are sorry to hear about your mom's death. She and my dad were classmates and he talked about those days often. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for peace. Lynn Warren Wessinger