Claude Melvin Swift

September 6, 1932February 22, 2021

Claude Melvin Swift was a loving husband, father and nation’s patriot. He died February 22, 2021 at age 88 after years of declining health. A graveside service will be at 11 AM, Friday, February 26 at Lakeview Memorial Park. Claude was born in Surry County, attended Bessemer High School in Greensboro where he excelled in sports, especially baseball. From 1951 to 1972, he served his country in the US Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer after serving in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. During that time, he met and married the love of his life, Mary Ann Jeffries who preceded him in death in 1990. After his naval service, Claude worked at Western Electric from which he retired after twenty-five years. Claude loved his family, nation and God and was a member of Rankin Baptist Church. He enjoyed country music, golf, and cheered the Braves and Giants. He leaves behind his son, Mark Swift of McLeansville; granddaughters and their spouses, Tiffany and Jason Knight and Natalie and David Knight both of Summerfield; great grandchildren, Cruz and Payton Knight; sisters, Adel Fuquay and Linda Clifton both of Danville, VA; nieces, Patricia Rivers and Connie Weant; and nephew David Brown. Preceding Claude in death are his mother and step-father, Cordelia Adams and Garland Henry Carter; father, Paul Swift; sister, Grace Brown; and daughter-in-law, Miranda Swift. In lieu of flowers that family asks memorial contributions be made to Charity Baptist Church, 4079 Battleground Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Cordelia Adams and Garland Henry Carter, Mother and Step-Father (deceased)
  • Paul Swift, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Ann Jeffries Swift, Wife (deceased)
  • Mark Swift, Son
  • Miranda Swift, Daughter-in-law (deceased)
  • Tiffany and Jason Knight, Granddaughter & Husband
  • Natalie and David Knight, Granddaughter & Husband
  • Cruz and Payton Knight, Great Grandchildren
  • Adel Fuquay, Sister
  • Linda Clifton, Sister
  • Grace Brown, Sister (deceased)
  • Patricia Rivers, Niece
  • Connie Weant, Niece
  • David Brown, Nephew

  • Mr. Gwyn Cooke, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mr. Benjy Brown
  • Mr. David Brown
  • Mr. Brad Rivers
  • Mr. Tim Sharpe
  • Mr. Johathan Weant
  • Mr. Robert Weant

  • Charity Baptist Church


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021


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Whitney and Kim Stout

February 25, 2021

We shared many an early evening with Claude, sitting on the tailgate of his pickup, listening to his stories and more than a few tall tales while we watched the sun set and looked for deer in the wonderful woods that were once behind our Cotswold condos. He was an entertainer and loved an audience and we were happy to be that audience. He had mellowed into a soft and gentle loving man and we feel blessed to have shared that chapter with him. Mark, you should know that we observed that you were a devoted and forgiving son, which Claude recognized and acknowledged and was grateful for. Not sure those were the types of things he stated to you directly, so wanted to tell you he said them to us about you. Sending love and strength to the family. And Claude, you be sure to save us a spot on the tailgate in the great beyond. 💜 - Whitney and Kim

Sherri Scalcione

February 25, 2021

We met Claude at the Condo off Cotswold. Every evening he'd be out sitting on his tailgate entertaining all the ladies out walking dogs and such. I always looked forward to chatting with him for a few before going inside. He had so many great stories and life adventures to share. After our daughter was born, he would give her change from his sock every time he saw her. She just loved it. Claude you're a good man, you took care of all the people in your life, there's a special place in heaven for you. Love you bunches, until we meet again my friend.

Roland Shepley

February 24, 2021

Mark and family, my heart goes out to you. I just want you to know, I love you guys and I am praying for you. May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort you. Pastor Roland Shepley