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William Hendrick “Bill” Swart

William Hendrick “Bill” Swart, 90, of Roper, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Born February 22, 1928 in New Hanover County, he was the son of the late Dirk Swart, Jr. and Danie Southerland Swart and was preceded in death by son William H. Swart Jr., two brothers and a sister.  Bill attended New Hanover High School and received a scholarship to North Carolina State University to play football. He graduated with a degree in horticulture in 1952 and was drafted in the U.S. Army and commissioned as a second lieutenant and served during the Korean Conflict. Following his service, he met and married Margie Moore.

Bill worked for the North Carolina Department of Corrections in land management, food service and forestry, was operations manager with First Colony Farms and then started The Bill Swart Land Management Company before retiring at 80.

Survivors his wife of 67 years Margie Moore Swart of Roper; daughter Rebecca A. Swart of Edenton; sons John H. Swart and wife Michele of Fuquay-Varina, James K. Swart of College Station, Texas and Clifford P. Swart and wife Tonya of Plymouth; sisters Alma Field of Minneapolis, Minn., Helen Simmons of Wilmington and June Tilden of Atkinson; brother Cornelius Swart of Raleigh; grandchildren Derek, Jenna, Will, Sydney, Olivia, Traveona, Demetrius and Janiysia and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday, November 25. Arrangements are by Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth. www.maitlandfuneralhome.com.

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