Hazel Pate Swann, age 92, of the Bald Creek Community, passed away at home on Monday, April 10th, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. A native of Yancey County, she was the last of twelve children to the late Bob and Kitty Hensley Pate. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Blaine Swann, Sr.; infant daughter, Rebecca Ann Swann; daughter, Alesia Swann; sons: Hubert Blaine Swann, Jr. and Larry Roger Swann; infant granddaughter, Laurel Ann Swann and daughter-in-law, Judy Stevens Swann. She was a lunch room manager for over 35 years with the Yancey County School System, where she was lovingly known as "Mama Swann". Hazel was a lifelong member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, who loved to fish, work in her flowers and her garden, work crossword and word search puzzles and watch her soap operas. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend to all who knew her.
Surviving is her sons: Mickey Swann and wife, Brenda, of Bald Creek and Kevin Swann and wife, Chris, also of Bald Creek; daughter-in-law, Mary Phillips Swann of Mars Hill; eleven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild. Several nieces, nephews and extended family members also survive.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12th at Yancey Funeral Services and at other times will be at the home of her son, Mickey Swann at 220 J.R. Pate Road. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Rev. Jerry Shelton, Rev. Ted Richardson and Rev. Joe Bennett will officiate. Burial will follow in the Pate Family Cemetery.
The family would like to say a very special thank you to Hospice of Yancey County for the wonderful care given to Mama Swann and request memorial donations be made to them at 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.