Phillip Homer McSwain
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Today we celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Phillip Homer McSwain, 94, who died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1920, and raised in the community of Greenville, S.C.

He began his ministry in the Church of God as an evangelist at the age of 17. He married Annette Pearl McSwain in 1939 and they began a 66-year ministry together.

He served as a state evangelist for South Carolina. He pastored churches in South Carolina, Michigan and Ohio. In addition, he built and pastored the prestigious National Church of God in Washington, D.C. He also planted 30+ churches out of this congregation. He served the Church of God as a popular and respected administrative bishop in Maine, Massachusetts, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. He concluded his service to his denomination as a missions representative. His love of missions, especially the countries of Africa and India, was a significant part of his adult ministry.

He loved his family and was an avid collector of coins and knives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annette Pearl Sweezy McSwain; parents, Mary Amanda McSwain and Preston Avon Homer McSwain; brothers: John and JB; and sisters: Maggie, Ruthie, Lucy and Annie Mae.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Myrna McSwain Alford; his son-in-law, Dr. Delton Lynol Alford; one brother, William McSwain; his grandchildren: Susan and Scot Carter, Candy and Tim Price, and Lesley and Andy Smith; and his great-grandchildren: Kaity Carter, Caroline Carter, Emma Smith, Ansley Smith and Noah Price.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dixon Chapel of North Cleveland Church of God.

A Celebration of Life and Ministry service will be conducted at the Praise Cathedral Church of God in Greer, S.C., Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. officiated by Dr. Delton Alford, the Revs. Jerry Madden and James Byrd.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Noah Alford Price Care Fund at (

Grissom Serenity Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Mark S. Grissom, funeral director, has charge of the arrangements.