John Wesley Swayney, 74, of the Big Cove Community, passed away Tuesday March 10, 2015, in a Jackson County Hospital. A native of Cherokee, he was the son of Jesse Lorenzo and Lucy Sequoyah Swayney. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran having served from 1957-1960. John was preceded in death by a grandson, Chris Brown; five brothers, Kenneth, Abraham, Rex, Dennis Driver and Mark Swayney; and two sisters, Joyce Driver Teesateskie, and Rosalie Driver Montelongo.
He is survived by his wife, Lynette Smith Swayney; one daughter, Andrea Swayney and husband Clyde Dull; one son, Nick Swayney; grandchildren, Ashleigh Stephens and husband Cory, and Jessica Dull and fiancé Charlie Ensley; two great grandchildren, Hayes and Lincoln Stephens; five brothers, Mooney Swayney, Eric Driver, David Swayney, Rex Allen Swayney, and Doug Swayney; and three sisters, Dorothy Driver West, Bessie Driver Smoker, and Donna Driver Teesateskie.
Memorial services were held on Thursday, March 12 at Straight Fork Baptist Church.
Crisp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.