August 7, 1945 ~ May 31, 2021

Born in: Stanley Co, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Mr. Gary Raymond Swaringen, 75, of Asheville, died unexpectedly Monday, May 31, 2021 at Mission Hospital.

Gary Swaringen was born in Albemarle, NC on August, 07, 1945. He was the son of the late Raymond and Sarah Swaringen. He was also preceded in death by his sister Gail Swaringen Belk and his nephew Jason Belk. Gary was the loving husband of Kathryn Swaringen and father to Karen Swaringen, of Bryson City and Jill Barnett of Asheville.

Gary had 36 years of service with Wells Fargo (Wachovia Bank) as Vice President of Sales Finance. He was a veteran of the US Army who served in South Korea. When living in Salisbury, NC he was a member of several civic organizations and while in Asheville, NC he was an avid Panthers fan, loved Carolina Basketball and was a former ORBs member at the Broadmoor Golf Course. Anyone who met him was met with a joke and smile. His sweet demeanor and ability to light up a room will surely be missed by all who knew him.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 4 in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden and burial will follow at Calvary Churchyard in Fletcher. His family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 until 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Services

Funeral Service: June 4, 2021 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Room: Chapel

Burial:

Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732


Visitation: June 4, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Room: Chapel

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  1. Am so sad to hear you’ve lost Gary.
    Anyone could see what a wonderful husband and father he was. He absolutely could light up any room with his humor and wit. He will be missed, but you will see him again.

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  2. Gary was a dear friend and colleague that will be missed. Kathy I am so sorry that you have lost him to soon but you will see him again.

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  3. Gary was such and kind person. His dry sense of humor and wit always kept us laughing. His love for his family always showed through. He enjoyed giving Ben a hard time for not taking his golf clubs to all the conventions he attended and I don’t know if he loved Golf or the Panthers more. We will always think of Gary as a dear friend and will miss him.

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  4. Teresa and I are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing after reading about it this morning in the Salisbury paper. We enjoyed the tailgate parties and especially the Panthers cruises where we 1st met him. Such a sweet guy. Prayers to Kathy and the family!

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  5. It was sad to see Gary’s obituary in the Salisbury Post this morning. That sadness came with smiles; the good memories we share with the Swaringen family will always be with us. Our thoughts and prayers to Kathy, Karen & Jill.

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  6. Kathy, so sorry about Gary, I worked with Gary for many years at Wachovia, Salisbury Sales Finance. Prayers to all the family .

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  7. So very saddened to learn of Gary’s passing. He had a warm, welcoming smile and I was honored to know him. May he shine brightly as the newest star in God’s Heavenly Home.
    Kathy, I am praying for you and your family members.

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  8. To Mac and All the Family,
    We were both saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. We are so very sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy and our prayers are with you during this difficult time. In Deepest Sympathy and Sorrow, Norma &
    Gene Morrison

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  9. Kathy our thoughts and prayers are with you and Jill & Karen. We will always remember Gary coming by to see David and helping mom take the lights off of the christmas trees as he knew what a painstaking time mom had doing it. Mom would offer him some gloves because it would hurt her hands so bad. He would not use them but we don’t think he was too eager
    to do it again. He loved the tar heels and he loved the panthers. Keep pounding!
    Lisa & Ramona Creasman

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  10. Kathy, I love you and am deeply saddened for what you must be going through. You are in my heart and prayers.

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  11. Gary was a person that you meet and feel like you’ve known him all of your life. It was such a pleasure to spend about 4 hours with him playing a round of golf. Thank you Gary for being my friend. We will see you again in Heaven.

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  12. Kathy and family,
    Our deepest sympathy. Gary was always a friendly and positive person, a strong presence in the neighborhood. He is missed very much.

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