Martha Easterling Swindell

Published 9:03 pm Saturday, January 10, 2009

By Staff
Martha Easterling Swindell, 87, of Cypress Glen Retirement Home in Greenville, formerly of Cary, peacefully left her earthly home to greet her Heavenly Father on Thursday, January 8, 2009. She was born in Bennettsville, SC July 20, 1921 to Henry Charles and Estelle Easterling.
Her husband of fifty-seven years, Russell, four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. She is survived by daughters Sue Martin and husband Arthur of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Mary-Anne Brannon and husband Bobby G. of Greenville, NC and son A.B. and wife Diane of Nashville, NC; her sister Sallie Mann and husband T.J. of Belhaven and formerly of Engelhard; sisters in-law, Janie Swindell of Swan Quarter and Mary-Louise McGee of Greenville; grandchildren: Chip Martin and wife Mary; Alex Martin and wife Charlotte; Paige Everett and husband L.L.; Marty Bullock and husband Darren; Craig Brannon and wife Jennifer; Walt Smith and Will Smith; Russ Swindell and wife Meredith; Great grandchildren: Elizabeth, Colton, Trenton, Grace and Leah Martin; Tanner and Taylor Russell Everett; Reagan and Wade Bullock; Noah and Quincy Swindell; and Sam Brannon. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews including her beloved name sake, Martha Faulkner and husband Ron of Engelhard.
Mrs. Swindell retired from North Carolina State service, having worked with NC Dept. of Agriculture and the NC General Assembly. She was a dedicated member of First United Methodist Church, Cary, for over fifty years where she was an active member in UMW, Bible study and Philathea Sunday School Class. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star and White Shrine of Jerusalem. At Cypress Glen she was an active member of Spiritual Life Committee and Bible study. She and her husband Russell dedicated their lives to helping others, encouraging young people and promoting education. They had a special love for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, spending many vacations traveling with them.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 10 in Cary at First United Methodist Church. Visitation will follow the services at the church. A private family burial will be held at Raleigh Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Russell A. Swindell Scholarship Fund, 117 S. Academy Street, Cary, NC 27511.
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