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TSgt Mack Swan Jr.

tsgt mack swan

September 16, 1929 ~ March 8, 2024

Born in: Gary, Indiana
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

Mack Swan, Jr., entered this world in Gary, Indiana, on September 16, 1929. On March 8, 2024, he answered the call of his Heavenly Father from his residence in Selma, Texas, where he shared companionship with two fellow patients. Mack found solace in the care of his devoted caregiver, Neada Wilson of SOZO Personal Home Care, whose nurturing touch and homemade meals brought him immeasurable comfort.

From his earliest days, Mack’s life was anchored in faith. He embraced Christianity at a tender age, a journey marked by a memorable hiccup episode in church where the pastor escorted him outside and gave him a glass of water, the hiccups stopped and from that day he believed divine intervention cured him.

Educated at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Mack embarked on a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, serving twenty-four honorable years and retiring with the rank of Technical Sergeant. His dedication to service extended to civilian life, where he spent an additional twenty-one years as a Civil Service employee at Kelly AFB in San Antonio, Texas. Notably, Mack blazed trails as the first African American Training Instructor at Lackland Air Force Base, leaving an indelible mark on his military career.

Mack was guided by the principles of “Live, Love, Laugh, Listen, and Learn,” and approached every endeavor with passion and determination. Whether exploring the great outdoors, or simply spending time with loved ones, he approached each moment with enthusiasm and a zest for life.  He mastered photography, reveled in golf, and explored the skies through flying lessons. He relished adventure and traveled 1,202 miles from San Antonio to Gary on his motorcycle to visit loved ones. An avid outdoorsman, Mack enjoyed hosting gatherings aboard his boat in Corpus Christi and he found serenity in fishing trips and hunting excursions.

Mack was a pillar of the community, holding esteemed positions in various fraternal organizations, including Noble of The Alamo Shrine Temple #9 and Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret of Magnolia Consistory #14. His commitment to brotherhood extended to St. James Lodge #292 A.F. & A.M., where he fostered lifelong friendships. He was a long-standing member of the VFW and American Legion where he spent considerable time fellowshipping with his friends.

Mack was preceded in death by his parents Mack Swan Sr. and Maggie Bell Swan; sons Tyrone and Mack III; grandson Damon Sealy; sisters Iola DeVoe Simpson, Magnolia Peterson, and Juanita Fisher; brothers Arbere, Carl and Clifford Swan; and wives Estelle Swan Smith and Alvenia Coleman Swan.

Mack’s legacy lives on through his daughters, Janet Swan of Bronx, New York, and Alvenetta Christine Swan-Henry of Selma, Texas; granddaughters Taylor Semone Henry of Houston, Texas, Marina Douglas of San Antonio, Texas, Angela Knight-McPherson, Tylean Swan and Maxine Mitchell of New York; grandsons Eddie Douglas III of San Antonio Texas, Jamal Swan, Shawn Mack Sinceno, and Tyrone Swan, Jr. of New York and Jason Swan of New Jersey, sisters Madlyne Warren of Joliet, Illinois and Christine Clay of Gary, Indiana and a host of relatives and friends.

In Mack’s passing, we celebrate a life richly lived, a legacy of service, faith, and boundless exploration. Though he may have departed this earthly realm, his spirit endures in the hearts of all who were touched by his love and wisdom.


“To Those I Love

& Those Who Love Me”

When I am gone, release me, let me go

I have so many things to see and do.

You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears,

Be thankful for beautiful years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess,

How much you gave me, in happiness.

I thank you for the love you each have shown,

But now it’s time, I must travel alone.

So, grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must,

Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

I won’t be far away, for life goes on,

So, if you need me, call and I will come.

Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near,

And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear,

All my love around soft and clear.

And then when you must come this way alone,

I’ll greet you with a smile and say…

“Welcome Home”


Memorial Service: April 5, 2024 11:00 am

Room: Chapel

Resurrection Baptist Church
1002 Live Oak Rd.
Schertz, TX United States


Cemetery: April 5, 2024 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX United States


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  1. CandleImageSending prayers of comfort toy little sister, Alvenetta Swan. She was so very loved by you. We will take great care of her, don’t worry. Rest peacefully, Sir Swan.

  2. CandleImageMy condolence and prayers are with Netta and the family. 2 Corinthian 5,:8, absent from the body is presence with the Lord.

  3. CandleImageMy condolences to Mr Swans family. He was a very gentle loving person. May our Lord welcome him into his loving arms

  4. CandleImageEven though I knew him for the last five years of his sojourn….he was always upbeat and full of life…wanting to care for those even though he himself was under great care by others. The great architect will take over now…journey on Mr Mack.

  5. CandleImageBlessings and Condolences to the Swan Family on the loss of their loved one Alfreda Madlyn and Christine May The Lord give U Strength to get thru this difficult time Peace

  6. CandleImageApril 18th would have being 4 yrs Mack Swan Jr entered SOZO HOME. Its was such an honor and a pleasure to care for him. You’re so missed our home is not the same without you Mr. Mack.

  7. CandleImageTo Alvenetta: Condolences, my friend. I wish you peace and healing from the loss of your father. I know you had become very close to him over the years. I will be at the funeral on 4-5-24 and will look forward to hugging you!


  8. CandleImageMy condolences to my cuz Alvenetta and family, my heart goes out to you.To my great uncle Mack, the last uncle on my mom’s side. He was a great leader in the military and in the family. In fact U.S. Defense Secretary Llyod Austin reminds me of my uncle Mack. I really enjoyed his conversations about family history. He had such a rich life! And rich memories to take with him. I will always remember your Wisdom uncle Mack like an everlasting flame. Love ya! R.I.H.

    • CandleImageMy deepest condolences to the family of Mr mack, though I never met him personally, stories of his legendary life were shared through his daughter my dear friend alvinetta who loved him with a passion uncontested. May God heal your hearts during this most difficult time and may his soul ascend to the heavenly realms. Mr Michael K Dees.

  9. CandleImageMy deepest condolences to the family of Mr mack though I never met him the stories of a legendary lovely daughter “Netta “my dear friend shared stories about his incredible life may God heal and keep you in his hands during this most difficult time.

  10. CandleImageUncle Swan, You’ve fought a great fight with grace and dignity! You are loved and will be missed. RIP.

    Love your niece Connie

  11. Dear Chris, Alfreda, Pat and the entire Swan family. Sincere condolences for your loss. May your precious memories keep Mr. Swan ever present in your hearts.

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