CHINA GROVE James Thomas Swanner Sr., 93, of China Grove, went to be with the Lord Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis, following a short illness. James was born Jan. 24, 1926, in Cabarrus County, a son of the late James Covington Swanner and Eva Vina Atkinson Swanner. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Willie Parker Swanner, Sept. 29, 2016; three sisters, Mary Alice Swanner, Faye Patterson and Maye Cook; and a brother, Charles Swanner. In early years James was owner/operator of Swanner's Radio and TV Service. In later life, he retired from Fiber Industries after many years of service. James was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. He loved to clog dance and fish. Family members left to cherish his memory include a son, James T. Swanner Jr. and wife, Ann, of Granite Quarry; two daughters, Linda Stirewalt and husband, Tony, of China Grove and Carolyn Vanderburg and husband, Ray, of China Grove; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by three sisters, Margaret Linker, Ruth Adams and Shirley Wilson, all of China Grove. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Carl Haynes. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, one hour prior to the service. The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Swanner. Condolences may be sent at

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I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s loving arms wrap you all in his love and may your memories and stories put a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face. God Bless and get you through the coming days, weeks, and months. God Bless.


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