Mr. Clarence M. Swain Jr. died Tuesday, March 20, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, at First United Methodist Church.
Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville.
Mr. Swain was born in West Point to C. M. Swain Sr. and Dorothy Swain. He graduated from Starkville High School in 1962 and attended Mississippi State University. He helped to operate the family business, Buckâ€™s Salads, until joining the Navy in 1968.
Achieving the rating of AQ (fire control technician), he mastered the Navyâ€™s advanced electronics course and transferred to Miramar Naval Air Station in 1969 where he served as a fire control technician for F-16 fighter planes. He was deployed twice aboard the USS Midway (CV 41) and served onboard during the 1972 mining of Haiphong Harbor.
After leaving military service, he expanded on his Naval training to become an expert microelectronics technician, often reverse engineering electronic parts and hand-soldering prototype electronic components.
He was a fixer of all things, a collector of the right tools for each task. He was a giver, a generous contributor to charities for Native American children and paralyzed veterans. He was the proud owner of a genuine three-pronged milkshake machine, serving up treats to two generations of adolescents and their friends.
He is remembered for mid-calf white socks, something up on blocks and twisting his arm to get his watch back in place. He sang silly songs, sang along with the Eagles, enjoyed dance recitals and was a master with a chain saw â€” usually. He was fun and funny, but in a slapstick way â€” not at someone elseâ€™s expense. He was a human proofreader and spell-checker.
He was a gentle problem solver for the youngsters in his life, replacing Santaâ€™s defective speakers by wiring his own new set into a young teenâ€™s vehicle, guiding a young daughter to discover the magic in a rotary telephone, mentoring a grandson to discover the limits of electrical energy produced by lemons and potatoes. He was the go-to person for friends with misbehaving cars, lawnmowers, coffee pots, computers, ice makers and VCRs. He built an above ground planter so that his wife could grow lavender in our humid climate. He was a memory maker, a seeker and a believer.
Most of all, Butch was a loving and giving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He leaves a legacy of kindness and courage in the face of adversity to all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife Sherry, daughters Dale Pohl and her husband Richard, Linda K Speer and her husband Neil, six beloved grandchildren: Aubrey, Aidan, Sarah Kate, Marion, Daniel and Sadie. He is survived by his dear father Buck, step mother Margaret, sisters Mary Jo, Patsy and Peggy along with a host of extended family and special friends.
Memorials may be made to The Dwelling Place, 2824 Dwelling Place Road, Brooksville, MS 39739, http://www.dwellingplace.com.
Visit http://www.welchfuneralhomes.com to sign the online guest register.