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James Ellis Swon

Posted By Hall-Wynne On September 30, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 9 Comments

James Ellis Swon, 66, passed away Monday, September 30, 2013 after a battle with leukemia. He was born in Janesville, Wisconsin to the late John Henry Swon and Abbie Casey Swon. Jim was a graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA.

Jim was owner and president of VanKel Industries in Cary, NC which was engaged in the design and manufacture of calibration devices for the pharmaceutical industry. By the time he sold his company to a Swiss conglomerate, Jim had personally amassed more than 14 U.S. patents. He was an active member of Old Chatham Golf Club, Forest Creek Golf Club, Governors Club, and University Presbyterian Church. He was active in and supported several local charities.

Jim is survived by his wife, Cassandra Cass Swon, his daughters, Kimberly Lewis and husband, Thomas Lewis; Jennifer Lawless and husband Charles Lawless and five loving grandchildren, Claire Lewis, Bennett Lewis, Sean Lawless, Paige Lawless and Finn Lawless. Jim is also survived by his brother, Jerry Swon and wife, Jane; his sister, Suzanne Spengeman and husband, Craig; and sister-in-law, Lynn Swon.

He is predeceased by his brother, John H. Swon.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 on Thursday October 24th at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. Donations maybe made to University Presbyterian Church, Faith Forward Building Campaign, PO Box 509, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

The Swon family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.

Condolences for the family of “James Ellis Swon”

Condolence from Judy New on October 2nd, 2013 12:00 am

I will greatly miss Jim’s wonderful smile, twinkling eyes, and teasing style. What a fun and kind neighbor he has been.

Condolence from Roy and Donna Thornton on October 2nd, 2013 12:00 am

Cass, you and your family are in our hearts

Donna and Roy Thornton

Condolence from Randall Lee Parker on October 3rd, 2013 12:00 am

To Cass and Jim’s Family,
It has been 45 years since James and I were college roommates, sorry to say we did not stay in touch, but I always knew he was there if I neded to reach out. He was a great guy guy then and now reading about his life , with a beautiful family and sucess in business, I am not surprised at all.Sorry for your loss and sorry we did not continue to share after college.

Condolence from Christy Lawrence on October 3rd, 2013 12:00 am

Mrs. Swon, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have helped out with many of your family’s travel adventures of the years, and I was so sadden to hear this news today. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers today. Best regards, Christy Lawrence and Jacksonville Team Two Amex

Condolence from Dave Slade on October 3rd, 2013 12:00 am

To Cass,

I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a truly wonderful guy, always so friendly, warm and confident. I am sure you two have had a beautiful life together – his obvious success in business and in creating an undoubtedly beautiful family with you are what we would expect of Jim.

High School is such a long way away, but, when I think of you both, it seems like just yesterday. We have been thinking a lot about our high school friends lately as we plan our 50th reunion for October 2014. You two are one of the few couples I know who go back all that way and we were looking forward to seeing you both at the reunion. We will certainly miss Jim. We would love to see you, catch up with you, and hear more about your lives since high school, so please join us if you can. You are in my heart and thoughts.

Condolence from Roland Gammon on October 24th, 2013 12:00 am

I met Jim through Old Chatham. I was also fortunate enough to go on the golf trip to Ireland with Jim and a group of OC guys. I didn’t know many of the members at OC or on the trip but Jim was always so welcoming and friendly. I miss him although I saw him only infrequently. He was a special friend.

Condolence from Rex Urschler on October 29th, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Swon Family,

Heard from my mom today that Jim passed away. First thing I said , I remember how he made me laugh. I am sure Jim is already scheduling tee times above. God Bless. He was a good man. Rex Urschler

Condolence from Margaret Torley on October 30th, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Cass,

I hope you received my card. I just posted a You Tube video, and hope we can all meet in February for a celebration of Jim’s life.

Condolence from Sandra Crouse on October 31st, 2013 12:00 am

I worked at Varian for 5 years and Jim was a wonderful person. He knew everyone’s first name and cared about all his employees and their families. I am proud to have known him.

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