James Lillard Swain

May 22, 1920March 13, 2018

NASHVILLE – James “Jimmy” L. Swain born in the Jefferson Springs Community of Rutherford County on May 22, 1920. Died March 13, 2018. He was preceded in death by his father Lillard P. Swain, mother Effie Harrell Swain his wife Ethel Hall Swain, Sisters Pearl (Herbert) Batey, Rachel (Ward) Wright, brother Frank (Beulah) Swain. Survived by his son James W Swain of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and several nieces and nephews and his dear friend Lori Rucker. Educated in Rutherford County Schools at Jefferson Elementary where he was awarded the 4 square gold medal and Smyrna High School where he was a member of the Beta Club. He played football and basketball and was the President of his Junior and Senior Class. He was a graduate of the U.S. Air Force school of Meteorology, the American Institute of Banking and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in NJ. He was a WW II veteran serving as a meteorologist with the 8th Air Force in the European Theater (1942-1945) and was on the way to the Pacific Theater when the war ended. After 40 years of service with the Commerce Union Bank (Bank of America) he retired as Vice President. He was active in many civic, religious and business organizations included being the Former President of the American Institute of Banking, Nashville Branch, Director of the Downtown Civitan Club and former President of Nashville Association of Credit Management, former President of Brentwood Country Club and was former President of Nashville Boosters Club. He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church where he served as chairman of the board of deacons and as Treasurer. Was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce where he served as one of the organizers of the Clinic Bowl and later in the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. His hobbies were golf and traveling. Graveside services to be held Thur. March 22 at 4 pm at Woodlawn Memorial Park.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 22, 2018


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arlene Wade

March 22, 2018

Sorry to the family for the loss of a sweet, kind gentleman that I had the pleasure of knowing at Brentwood Country club for many years