Roy Earl Swain

November 28, 1940 - November 12, 2023

11/28/1940 - 11/12/2023

Past Services

Thursday November 16, 2023
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Thursday November 16, 2023
2:00 pm
Chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Hwy 42 West
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Thursday November 16, 2023
2:30 pm
Stoney Creek Cemetery
Ahoskie, NC 27910

AHOSKIE, NC – Roy Earl Swain, age 82, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2023, in Hertford County, North Carolina. He was born on November 28, 1940, in Bertie County, North Carolina to C.W. and Sarah Swain. He was one of 4 children. Roy was a dedicated husband to wife Janice for 62 years and a loving father of 2 children.

He spent many fulfilling years as a skilled mechanic, working with Charles H. Jenkins until his retirement. After retiring, he joined the team at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, where he selflessly served for over 13 years. Roy’s dedication and expertise were greatly appreciated by all who crossed his path. Outside of work, Roy had a deep love for his family, especially his only grandchild Matthew. Roy was a member of Hickory Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. His interests included fishing, flying remote control airplanes, riding his motorcycle, and engaging in friendly card games with his dear friends. Roy’s wonderful sense of humor brought joy and laughter to those around him. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Roy was preceded in death by his father, C.W. Swain, his mother, Sarah King Swain, his sisters, Janice Hughes and Nancy Banks, and his brother, L.B. Swain. He leaves behind cherished memories in the hearts of his beloved wife, Janice; his daughter Delores Davis of Murrells Inlet, SC; his son David Earl Swain and wife Susan of Wilson, NC: his grandson Matthew Swain, and his nieces and nephew, Dianne Gilleland (Bill), Darlene Futrell (Winston), Randy Hughes (Mitzi), and Lori Cooke.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 1:00 pm until 1:45 at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC with a celebration of life service following in the chapel at 2:00 pm with  Reverend Jim Skipper officiating. Burial will follow at Stoney Creek Cemetery, Ahoskie, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hickory Chapel Free Will Baptist Church,103 Slaughter Rd, Ahoskie, NC 27910, or online by clicking here

The caring staff at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Swain family. Online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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David C. Lassiter
4 months ago

Roy was my very good friend. I bought my first model airplane from him and he taught me to fly. He is now flying higher than ever and with not a care or concern about battery failure or running out of fuel. Fly high my good friend.
David C. Lassiter

Veronica Tyndall
4 months ago

Praying for you all!! May God bring peace, in which surpasses all understanding!

Timothy Martin
4 months ago

Just learned of Roy’s death, my condolences to the family. Enjoyed the years working with Roy at Chas H Jenkins. He always kept things lively, may he rest in peace.

Charles Early
5 months ago

I just saw this. Sorry to hear about Roy Earl. Prayers to the family

Joe henry jenkins
5 months ago

Worked with Roy for many years. A good guy for sure with a great personality.
Rest in peace Roy

Jackie Godwin
5 months ago

Sorry youre loss roy was a good
Man keep my prayer

Debbie Howard
5 months ago

Sorry to hear of your loss-prayers of comfort for family

Cathy Langley
5 months ago

David Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Prayers for you and your family

Linwood and Evelyn Bryant
5 months ago

So sorry to hear about Roy, we work together at Garrett-Sykes for many years.

Donna (Woodard) Robbins
5 months ago

So so sorry to hear about Roy. We love you.
Donna and Hannah