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“Ellen, it seems like just yesterday that you and Sam were getting married and sailing off into the sunset. Praying for you and yours. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Rayvena Thompson - Greenville, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. Ellen, you are a great friend and such a strong woman. If you or your family need anything at all, please do not...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Shauna Ambrose - Greenville, SC

“Dear Swann Family, So sad to hear the news about Sam. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Stan and Suzanne Gibson ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Stan and Suzanne Gibson - SC

“Sam was a great friend while in the upstate. He helped me improve my sailing and I had a great time crewing for him. It has been 15 yrs+ since we...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Mark Stevens - Chapin, SC

“I fell honored to have had the privilege of being associated with Sam through Wachovia Bank. I was so sorry to learn of his passing. He was always...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Vicki Oxner - Asheville, NC

“Ellen, Thinking of you and the entire family during this difficult and sad time -- and beyond. Kim and David ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Kim & David Karr

“thinking of you all during this difficult time ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Laura - VA

“Ellen, I'm so sorry to hear about Sam. I hope God will comfort you and your family during this difficult time. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Paula Lollis

Sam S. Swann
Seneca, SC

Sam Spalding Swann, 72, of Normandy Shores, Seneca, SC, peacefully passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011, at Greenville Memorial Hospital, in Greenville, SC.

Sam was born September 22, 1938, to Dorothy Spalding Swann and Dr. Cecil Swann of Asheville, NC. Sam grew up in Asheville and later moved to Greenville then to Seneca, SC. Sam was a graduate of Christ School, Arden, NC, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and did graduate work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. He served in the US Army intelligence division based in Eritrea, Africa.

His passions were his family and sailing. He was a former member of Western Carolina Sailing Club. He was a founding member of Keowee Sailing Club where he held many offices, including Commodore and Race Committee Chair. He was also member of the Southeast Atlantic Yacht Racing Association.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen, of the home; daughter Elizabeth (Ron) Compton of Marietta, GA; son, Sam Jr. of Clemson, SC; his twin grandchildren, Ellie and Jackson Compton of Marietta, GA; stepdaughters Lindsay Badger of the home and Katherine (Barrett) Little of Charleston, SC; brothers David (Nancy) Swann of Asheville, NC and St. Barths; William Swann of Arden, NC; sister-in-law, Brenda Swann of Greensboro, NC; nephews Christopher (Kathy) Swann of Atlanta, GA; Andrew (Autumn) Swann of Atlanta, GA; Will (Danette) Swann of Franklinton, NC; and the Reverend Marie (Hayne) Cope of Munich, Germany; as well as several great nephews and niece. His former wife, Karen Z. Swann of Clemson, SC, also survives him.

A memorial service will be held at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, 108 Cross Creek Road, Central, SC, Saturday, August 20 at 2:00, with a reception at the Keowee Sailing Club, Rochester Highway (SC Highway 130) in Seneca, SC immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations in honor of his children to either the Arthritis Foundation, 1330 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30309 or to the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 1 Park Plaza, Greenville, SC 29607.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.