Margaret Kathryn Pearson was born in Athens, GA, February 14, 1929.
Mrs. Swindel, beloved wife of 70 years to Samuel C. Swindel, was the daughter of the late Bertie Mae Goodrum Pearson, and father, Harvey Newton Pearson. Two sisters, Annie Ruth Pearson and Lorene Pearson Sorrow, and three brothers, Leroy Pearson, Harold Pearson, and Vinson Pearson also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Swindel went to be with her Savior Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in her home surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Swindel loved God and her church, was a loving devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend to many people. Kathryn and Sam married young, 17 and 18, and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in September 2016. Kathryn grew up in Athens and was a member of the Athens First Pentecostal Holiness Church. She taught a young girls Sunday school class and led a young girls choir at her church. She loved to sing and often did so in church choirs as well as with her family. Kathryn also served as a Brownie Scout leader.
She spent her early young life as a mother and business partner working with her husband Sam. She later held the position of Administratsesive Graduate Assistant for the College of Business Masters Program at the University of Georgia for 17 years. After retirement, Kathryn and Sam took up residence in Hiawassee, GA, where she enjoyed going to church, gardening and helping neighbors. Her flowers and vegetable gardens were a source of much joy to Kathryn. Last but not least, she was an avid Georgia football fan, never missing the opportunity to wear one of her many Georgia tee-shirts while listening to the radio or television coverage of her favorite team.
Survivors include her husband, Samuel C. Swindel, three daughters and their husbands, Diana and Michael Annast of Hiawassee, GA; Janis and Jack Dalton, of Danielsville, GA, and Denise and Mel Brown and Tim Dalton of Fredericksburg, VA, April and Sean Kirk of Gaithersburg, MD, and Christie and Seth Chambers of Jefferson, GA. There are 9 much loved great-grandchildren; siblings; Willette Jackson, Frank Pearson, Eugene Pearson, Vonnie Parnell; Blenda Smith and Rebecca Bradberry, along with many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 4 p. m. at Lord and Stephens West Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2-4 prior to the service at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Kathryn’s memory to The Christian Life Worship Center, ATTN: Handicapped Access Ramp, 125 Kathwood Drive, Athens, GA 30607.
Lord and Stephens West is in charge of arrangements.
[Editor's Comment: It was my privilege and distinct honor to serve Kathryn and Sam Swindel as their pastor at Tarkenton Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church for nine years. They were faithful church members, ever eager to help where they were able to do so.
Kathryn taught a teenage girls Sunday school class. She and Sam had many outings at their home for the teenagers in our church.
During my pastorate I often visited in their lovely home. I have eaten at Kathryn's table on several occasions, and I can attest to the fact that she was an an excellent cook.
One of the things I noticed was Kathryn and Sam's love for each other. They were devoted and caring for each other. They serve as a role model for successful marriages.
Whenever I visited with them, I was always lifted up in my spirit and strengthened in my faith. It is a wonderful thing to have dedicated members of your church. I could always count on them.
It is my sincere prayer that the legacy Kathryn has left us will inspire us all to give God our very best. To the family Melvine and I send our love and condolences in their time of grief.]