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Chapel of Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Friday April 2nd, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Friday April 2nd, 2021

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Ruben Swafford



Ruben Swafford, age 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 29, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.  Ruben was born April 06, 1931 to the late Clifton Doc Swafford and Beulah Lee Carswell Swafford.  He was a lifelong resident of Nebo, North Carolina.


Ruben lived life to the fullest, and was well known as a family man and a father figure to many throughout his community.  Ruben was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed the farm life, and devoted his life to teaching his resourceful way of living. 


He served his country in the United States Army from 1952 until 1954.  Upon returning home, he was employed by Duke Power Mosquito Control where Ruben worked for 55 years, along side his father, Clifton and brother, Boyd Swafford, who was also his very best friend.  Together, the Swafford family proudly served over 100 years for Duke Power. 


He is preceded in death by his siblings, Guy Swafford, Boyd Swafford and Sommey Swafford, all of Nebo; infant son, David Dwight Swafford; and granddaughter, Alicia Michelle Warren.  He was also preceded in death by his ex-wife and special friend, Mae Swafford. 


Left to cherish Ruben’s memories are his three daughters, Patty Warren, Nancy Bolden (Michael) and Louise Rose (Johnny), all of Nebo; eight grandchildren, Tonya McKinney (Bud), Greg Warren (Tina), Alex Warren (Kayla), Brandy Curlee, Donnie Massey, Roy Massey (Crystal), Casey Wyatt (Brandon) and Joni Rose; seventeen great grandchildren, Cierra, Hunter, Jaden, Riley, Raegan, Trystan, Vaeh, Peyton, Katy, Kealy, Baylee, Oliver, Chloe, Hayden, Aryana, Abby and Skyler; and one great-great grandchild, Madison.  He is also survived by one sibling, Ruth Higgins (Troy); and a special honorary grandson, Thomas Church. 


A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service with Pastor Terry Cheek officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the United States Army.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home.  A private interment will be held at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. 


The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to the staff of CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care-McDowell for the loving and compassionate care they provided Ruben and his family during his final journey. 





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A candle was lit in memory of Ruben Swafford

Cymantha Owensby Mar 31 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. He was a great man. We are praying for your family.
Billie, Steve, Cameron, Bethanie, and Dalton

Billie Lister Mar 31 2021 12:00 AM

Louise, Patty, Nancy and each of your family members. My heart is breaking for you. I am so very sorry to hear aboutthe loss of your Dad. I know each of you loved him verymuch, and he was the rock of you family. You and your families were there for us in our time of need, and I'm so sorry that I can't be there in person to give you each a hug.
Rest assured that your Dad is in Heaven today and in your hearts forever. My deepest condolences to each of you, be there for each other to lean on, you will need it. God Bless.

Kenny Rose Mar 30 2021 12:00 AM

Patty and family, we are praying for all. Understand your pain. May the Lord give you the Grace you haven't needed until now.

Ray and Rhonda Price Mar 30 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about the loss of ur dad (Nancy,, Louise, Patty). Praying for Gods comfort in this time of need.

Michelle Tippett Mar 30 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ruben Swafford

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A candle was lit in memory of Ruben Swafford

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A candle was lit in memory of Ruben Swafford

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A candle was lit in memory of Ruben Swafford

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