James 'Birdie' Swann Sr.

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James T. “Birdie” Swann Sr., 74, of Benton, passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at a Chattanooga hospital.

He retired from Massengill Tire, loved yard work but especially loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola Russell Swann; stepson, David C. Russell; parents: Joseph and Elsie Holland Swann; sisters: Clarene Moats, Ellen Swann, Pauline (Polly) Skelton, Bobbie Grisham, Doris (Dot) Lowe and Mamie Josephine Hicks; and brother, Donald Swann.

He is survived by his children: Tommy (Tammy) Swann, Carl (Debbie) Russell and Tammy (Ricky) Johnson, all of Benton, and Pamela (Frankie) Shields of Cleveland; grandchildren:  Wendy Thomas, Carey Russell, David Perian, Amy Carruth, Tiffany Baily, John Shields, Jason Shields, Haley Swann, Tanner Swann, Joey Johnson and  William Johnson; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters: Lois Prince, Beatrice (Melvin) Hicks, Becky Bain, Cleo Swann, Sue McFarland; and several  nieces, nephews and extended family.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Higgins Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Carl Haulk officiating.

Interment will follow in Benton Memorial Gardens. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tanner Swann, Keegan Ingram, Seth Farmer, Dakota Williams, Wesley Cronan and Garrett Moats.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Swann family guestbook at www.higginsfuneral.com.

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