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Tommy "Pappy" Swangim


Last updated 4/12/2021 at 2:39pm

Tommy “Pappy” Swangim, 86, died Thursday, April 8, 2021, at home in Pisgah Forest.

Born in Mills River to Nellie and Doll Swangim, he grew up surrounded by his four sisters and two brothers, whom he dearly loved. At a young age, he learned to play the guitar and played in several bands throughout the years, including Band Masters.

He joined the Air Force in 1958 and served our country until 1963. When he came out of service, he opened up his own cabinet shop in Mississippi, and later moved back to Pisgah Forest and opened up Swangim’s Custom Cabinets.

When he was not working, he trained his coonhounds “Treeing Walkers,” and stayed in the woods with friends and family, young and old. After retirement he loved gardening, telling “tall tales” with friends and family, and making everyone laugh. He lived a full and happy life and will be missed by all.

In addition to his parents, his sisters, Nannie Swangim, Opel Peebles and Frances Ashe, and brothers, Russel Swangim and Frank Allen Swangim, preceded him in death.

He is survived by Sharon Rose Swangim, to whom he was married 21 years; children, Dena Frisbee, of Brevard, Duane Swangim, of Pisgah Forest, LaJean Ward (Darrell), of Pisgah Forest, and Travis Lee Swangim, of Brevard, and stepdaughters, Nicolia Briggs (Scottie), of Wilkesboro and Carolina Huskins (Joseph), of Marble; sister, Jean Galloway (Gayden), of Brevard; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A service will be held in remembrance of Tommy at Sycamore Flats Recreational Area at noon Sunday, April 18, 2021. Rev. Don L. Moffitt will officiate.


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