Appling Co. Living 2015 - Page 95

“The home that service built.” SHOWING Compassion Story and Photos by Sharon Courson The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. Albert Schweitzer. A perfect example of this service and compassion exists at the Swain Funeral Home. Owner Wesley Swain stated, “So many families come through our doors. It is such a blessing to be able to help people through one of the worst times of their life.” Established by Walter W. Morris, Swain Funeral Home is one of the oldest businesses in Baxley. Walter started Morris Undertaking in the late 1800’s. Morris’ niece, Lillie Johnson, who became owner of Morris Undertaking, married Warren Swain, Sr. and they changed the name to Morris/Swain Funeral home. In those days, funeral homes weren’t just for viewings and funerals. They were responsible for local ambulance service also until January of 1972. Top Left: Warren Swain, Jr. reopened the funeral home in 1938 in the old W.W. Morris house. Bottom Left: In 1972 a larger, more modern brick building was constructed for Swain Funeral Home on U.S. Highway 1 North, where it remains today. Middle: Walter Morris’ niece Lilly Johnson, married Warren Swain, Sr. and the funeral home names was changed to Morris/Swain Funeral home in the late 1800’s Showcasing Your Community’s Personality 93