Mrs. Billie Faye Kivett Swann

June 23, 1934April 9, 2014

Mrs. Billie Faye Kivett Swann, 79, of Archdale, formerly of Greensboro, was called to Heaven on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at High Point Regional Hospital, after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday April, 14, 2014 at Rankin Baptist Church, 3317 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC, with Reverend Wayne Trexler officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. that same morning at the church. Burial will follow the funeral service at Lakeview Memorial Park. Billie Faye Swann was born in Guilford County on June 23, 1934 to the late Willie Nathaniel Kivett and Annie Thelma Gregory Kivett, and resided most of her life in Greensboro. After retiring with her husband to Oak Island, NC, in 1993, they returned back to the Greensboro area in 2013 where she lived out her remaining life, at “home”. She was a lifelong homemaker, well known for her famous desserts like Coconut Cake, Peter Paul Mound Cake, Cherry Cheesecake and her Heavenly Homemade Doughnuts. Billie was very gifted and taught herself how to decorate cakes, a talent she passed down to her daughters. She made many beautiful and artistic decorated cakes throughout her life. She was also a gifted seamstress, making curtains and chair covers for every room in the house and even a wedding dress or two. Later in life, she designed and crocheted a nose warmer that was very popular among family and friends and she crocheted her own bonnets that she wore all the time. While her health was good, she loved to cook and was a wonderful hostess whose desserts and dishes pleased many people and were much sought after at church dinners and family functions. She suffered the last twenty-five years of her life with severe rheumatoid arthritis, but she never let it get her down and was always a trooper. At the end, she was ready to meet her Lord and Savior and to sing as she entered Heaven. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Bob Swann of the home; daughters, Sandy Cantliffe (Bob), Pam Ballard (Jeff Hedrick, fiance), and Teresa Hodges (Ben); sister, Peggy Campbell; a dear cousin, Betty Hartman (Wade); five grandsons, Chad Ballard (Dawn), Benjamin and Brandon Hodges, and Richard and Scott Cantliffe; one granddaughter, Stephanie Cantliffe; and five great-grandchildren, Scotty Cantliffe, Haleigh, Chase, Lexie, and Chance Ballard. Memorial contributions may be made to Glenola Baptist Church, 8330 US Hwy. 311, Archdale, NC 27263. Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Str. Chapel has the honor of assisting the Swann family. Online condolences may be made at


  • Funeral Service Monday, April 14, 2014
  • Visitation Monday, April 14, 2014

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April 21, 2014

Hi Bob and family, Erline Perryman and Robert and I want to express our condolences for the loss of your beautiful Faye. What a wonderful woman she was and how privileged we were to know her. She was always so gracious in sickness and in health. And Bob, we have never seen such a caring servant as you are, both to your family and to our members, as well as to everyone. We admire your Christian ministry- walking the walk, not just talking the talk. We know where Faye is- perfectly healthy now and basking in the love of Jesus. We will continue to pray for you Bob and for your family. We are happy that God sold your house and that you and she got to be in Archdale when she passed. We love you very much. Robert and Cheryl Shew

April 20, 2014

Bob, we are very sorry to hear about Faye's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We still miss you at Southport Baptist.
Paul and Karen Fisher (Southport, NC)

Jill Ballance

April 13, 2014

I am so glad I got to know Mrs. Swann when Sandy and I attended UNC-G together . We would study at Sandys house sometimes spending the night Mrs Swann would prepare the best foods It made studying worthwhile. We also enjoyed wearing her homemade nose warmers and other crocheted items . Even when Mr and Mrs. Swann moved to the beach we still got to enjoy her "island desserts" she was a very special lady and will be missed by her family and friends..saying special prayers for her family.
Jill Ballance

d hatley

April 11, 2014

Our thought and prayers are with you today and always. Helen & Debbie and all our rescues! Thought we did not have the pleasure of meeting your mother. We are glad that we now have our friendship and bond with you and Bob and the Yorkies.