Shirley Dilday Swain

October 5, 1936 - July 25, 2022

10/05/1936 - 07/25/2022

Past Services

Wednesday July 27, 2022
Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South, 109 Ward Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Wednesday July 27, 2022
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Fellowship Hall of Powellsville Baptist Church
307 W. Main St.
Powellsville, NC 27967
Wednesday July 27, 2022
11:00 am
Powellsville Baptist Church
307 West Main Street
Powellsville, NC 27967

AHOSKIE, NC – Shirley Dilday Swain, age 85, passed away on July 25, 2022, at her home with her family by her side.

Mrs. Swain was born in Hertford County, NC, on October 5, 1936, a daughter of the late Oba and Ruby Hill Dilday. Shirley worked for several businesses in Ahoskie including the News Herald, Golden Corral and Entertainment Connection, but mostly she served the town of Ahoskie for 28 years, working as a clerk in the Water Department. She also, along with her husband, Vernon, ran the Earl Theater, known then as Ahoskie Cinema in Ahoskie. She enjoyed many things including cooking and playing golf in her earlier years, but first and foremost in her life was her children, her grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory is her devoted husband, Vernon Swain, her son, Cullen Swain and wife, Cindy of Goldsboro, NC; grandson, Dustin Swain and wife, Candace of Smithfield, NC; a great granddaughter, Presleigh Swain; a great grandson, Camden Swain; and her sister, Judy Bunch of Chesapeake, VA.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, from 10:00 am until 10:45 am in the fellowship hall of Powellsville Baptist Church, with the celebration of life service to follow at 11:00 am,  in the church, with Rev. Matthew Miles officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made directly to Powellsville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Powellsville, NC, 27967, or you may donate online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Swain family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Trish Carson
1 year ago

Vernon and family, I have just now seen this and am so, so sorry for your loss. I worked with Shirley at Catherine’s Restaurant and she certainly knew her job perfectly. I also remember nights out with “the gang” when Bela and I were together. God bless all of you as you work your way through this loss…..

Lynn Liverman
1 year ago

So sorry for your loss.

Teresa Turner
1 year ago

Mrs Shirley was one of the most helpful, encouraging, dearest, sweetest people I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend. My family is truly saddened by Mrs Shirley’s passing. May you feel the LOVE and Care we send through our many prayers! Mr Vernon and Family, find your HOPE in each other and the Promise of Heaven.
Much LOVE,
Teresa “Reesie” and Dalles Turner, and Ann Wiggins

Katherine Futrell Skinner
1 year ago

So sorry to hear about your loss.Keeping you all in my prayers. God be with You All During this time of sorrow..

Kay Edwards
1 year ago

Prayers for the family. Shirley was a sweet lady. Peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Rick Atkins
1 year ago

Thought’s and prayers for the Swain family at your days of sorrow.

Kristy Casey
1 year ago

So Sorry to hear of your Loss! Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family.