John O. Swadley

April 03, 2011
  • John O. Swadley
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OCT. 7, 1916-APRIL 2, 2011

John Odell Swadley, of Williamsport Retirement Campus, Williamsport, Md., died Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Homewood Retirement Campus.

He was born Oct. 7, 1916, in Burnsville, Bath County, Va., and the only child of Luther L. Swadley and Ella May Burns Swadley.

He was a graduate of Middletown (Va.) High School.

He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Thelma Pauline Teets Swadley, whom he married in March 1947.

In his early years, he was employed in the sales department of Sharrett Ford Sales in Hagerstown. In 1955, he changed professions, joining the Federal Land Bank Farm Credit System, serving farmers in Washington County. In 1971, he transferred to the Farm Loan Department of F & M Bank in Hagerstown, retiring in 1985.

He is a 60-plus-year member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clear Spring, Md., where he served as Sunday school superintendent, treasurer and council member for many terms. He was a member of the original committee formed to establish Ravenwood Lutheran Village, serving several terms on their advisory board. He was a 60-year member of Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion in Hagerstown.

He was a charter member of Wacohu Grange, serving as president for 24 years and various other offices. He was past president and current treasurer of Washington County Pomona Grange. He was the only president of Md. State Grange from Western Maryland in 138 years. He also served as treasurer for several terms, and member emeritus of the State Grange Executive Committee. He was a strong supporter of the FFA, 4-H and other agriculture programs.

He was preceded in death by his daughters, Juanita M. Bryan and Marjorie A. Gossard; grandson, Patrick Bryan; son-in-law, Herbert Gossard; and companion, Sarah Row.

He is survived by granddaughters, Kris Pearl and her husband, J.D., of Boonsboro, Md., and Linda Whittington and her husband, Michael, of Hagerstown, Md.; grandson, Mark E. Bryan and wife, Linda, of Silver Spring, Md.; grandson, Timothy S. Bryan and wife, Charlene, of Walkersville, Md.; great-granddaughter, Maelyn Bryan; great-grandsons, Mark Bryan, Michael Bryan and Brycen Pearl; stepgrandchildren, Mike and Katie Whittington; stepgreat-granddaughter, Brylee Whittington; and son-in-law, Terry Bryan and wife, Jean.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday April 6, 2011, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clear Spring, with the Rev. W. Allen Reed, pastor, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery. Military graveside services will be provided by Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion Hagerstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Arrangements are being handled by Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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