Mark Damian Swancy

November 17, 2019

Mark Damian Swancy, of Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at the age of 58. Mark was born in Augusta, Georgia on September 5, 1961 to the late William Roy Swancy, Jr., and Harriette Collins Swancy. Mark moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina as a child and graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1979.

In the fall of 1979 Mark began his love affair that would last a lifetime with Clemson University. Aside from his family, Clemson would go on to become his greatest joy. During Mark’s tenure at Clemson he served as President of the Student Alumni Council, a member of the Blue Key Honor Society, a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and a non-official, honorary member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Mark graduated from Clemson in the Spring of 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

In 1983, he began working for NCNB (now Bank of America), and retired after 32 years of distinguished service. Mark had an unmatched work ethic which he passed on to his three boys.

Mark’s greatest characteristic was his desire and ability to take care of others. His family awoke each and every day to a text sharing his daily devotional message. He will be remembered by all as someone who shined the light on everyone, was selfless to a fault, fiercely devoted to his family, and “everyone’s champion.” Mark’s incredible memory prevented him from ever forgetting a face, a conversation, or a birthday. Mark’s endless desire to take care of others created immeasurable bonds across the southeast and country that will hold steadfast for all of time.

Almost every Saturday, during football season, you could find him in Clemson cheering on his alma mater. Mark enjoyed one last Saturday in Death Valley, cheering on his beloved Tigers to victory. One of his boy’s greatest memories will always be that they were able to share the experience of being present for the Tigers win of the 2016 National Championship in Tampa, Florida.

In addition to his mother, Mark is survived by his wife, the love of his life for nineteen years, Gini Linnabery Swancy; sons, Ryan and his wife, Katie, Murphy, and Peyton; sister, Karen Smith and her husband, Johnny; nieces, Julia Lawson Taylor and her husband, John Taylor, and Claire Hemphill Lawson. He is also survived by his dogs, Tie and Lily.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service at their home for one more tailgate in celebration of Mark.

The Swancy family has created a scholarship fund to support students at Clemson University. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the “Mark Damian Swancy Annual Scholarship” Clemson University Foundation at PO Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Bill Linton

    So sorry to learn of Mark’s death in Clemson World. He was a good guy who died way too young. Condolences and prayers to his family

  • Wayne Weathers

    I miss you man

  • Chris Hollar

    So sad to hear the news of Mark’s passing. It has been many years since I have seen Mark, where I had the privilege of being part of the Pike brotherhood with him. He was a young man full of integrity and ambition at this time, and so glad to hear that he lived a full life devoted to his family. Prayers from our family to yours...

  • Mary Campbell

    Dear Gini, Ryan, Murphy and Peyton:
    I wish I had those magical words to help ease the pain and provide comfort during this most difficult time. Mark was an outstanding guy and will always hold a special place in our hearts! This world was a much better place with him in it!!! Please know that you all are in our prayers for comfort and peace; may God wraps his loving, comforting arms around you all!!! Sending much love to you today and always!!!!

    Mary, Clay, Kevin and Meredith

  • Kevin Shannon

    Mark was a wonderful person with a fabulous attitude and he was a great teammate as well. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Linda Logan

    Geni, my heart goes out to you and Mark's mother, sons and family. Heartfelt sadness and sincere sympathy on this unbelievable loss.
    Linda (Ace) Logan,

  • Teresa Blake

    Mark was a great friend and mentor. He will be missed by so many. I learned much about the mortgage industry from him. Gini, You are in my prayers. We were all quite lucky to know him and wish that we could be more like him.

  • Matt Vernon

    Mark and I worked together for more then a decade at Bank of America, he was a mentor, a coach, and ultimately a friend. While I am deeply saddened by his sudden passing, I am also honored that I got to know him and Gini so well. Mark was critical to our companies and our teams success in both the best and most challenging times. Gini, we are all thinking of you and the family but know the legacy that Mark leaves is one we all aspire too.

  • James Owen

    Mark changed the trajectory of my life on two different occasions. More than that he was a friend and it was a privilege to know him. I’ve never met a more decent human being, he will be greatly missed.

  • Sanj Topiwala

    Please send my condolences to the entire Swancy Family. I worked with him at Bank if America and was truly a great leader and mentor.

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