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Cecil Eugene "Gene" Swaim, 79, of Crossville, passed away peacefully Friday morning, April 15, 2016, surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Gene was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Estillfork, AL, to Charlie Grady and Lillie Dell Swaim. He married Myrna Medley of Harvey, IL, on Nov. 24, 1962.
His survivors include his wife, Myrna, Crossville; daughters, Stacy (Todd) Sweet, Normal, IL, and Shari (Glen) Davies, Fishers, IN; five grandchildren; sister, Joyce (Jimmie) Sells, Winchester, TN; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both parents.
Gene graduated from Paint Rock Valley High School in Princeton, AL, in 1954. Soon after graduation he relocated to the Chicagoland area where he worked several jobs.
His great love for his country led him to serve in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1960 where he was stationed in Rockville, IN, and then in Anthony, Newfoundland, where he was a skilled radar technician.
After serving our country his professional career included 20 years at Allis Chalmers Engine Division as an electronics technician. Soon after, he pursued higher education at Prairie State College where he received a certificate in industrial management. Gene was employed at Peddinghaus Corporation in Bradley, IL, where he was recognized as an expert in his field as an electronics & field service technician. He retired in 2005 and relocated with Myrna to Crossville.
Gene was a true servant leader and a kind, loving husband and father. He often lent a helping hand to his neighbors. He was a member of the Central Baptist Church where he enjoyed assisting with the Christmas Toy Store outreach. He also volunteered monthly with Cert International. He had a great love of bluegrass and gospel music. He and Myrna often traveled to many musical events together. He will be greatly missed by all.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Cumberland House for the wonderful care given to Gene in his last days.
A Celebration of Life service is planned at 11 a.m. on Monday at Central Baptist Church with Pastors Roland Smith and Billy Kemp officiating. A private internment will take place at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery where military honors will be accorded. An e-book is available to sign at www.finalcarecremation.com.
The family suggests memorials be made to Cumberland House of Crossville, TN (cumberlandhospice.com).
Published on  April 21, 2016
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