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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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.

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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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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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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.


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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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