SWAIN, Mr. Migeal - Age 38, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2011. Family hour 11 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2011 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1083 E. Stewart Ave., with funeral service commencing at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Lewis Randolph officiating. Interment River Rest Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 11 a.m. Monday. Mr. Swain will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., and may be viewed from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
“And now abide faith, hope, and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13
On February 18, 1973, Migeal was born in Flint, Michigan, into the loving, educational-oriented, Christian family of Mitchell and Judith Swain. He was the second child and the first son born to this union.
His parents were both deeply involved in education. His father, now deceased, was a teacher and later an administrator in the Flint School System. His mother was a school social worker and later an administrator in Flint and Carmen School Systems. Mitchell and Judith Swain both were enthusiastic about education and desired the same for their three children.
As a child Migeal was very bright, inquisitive, and cheerful, but, like all children, there were times when he was mischievous. In his formative years, not only did he have his mother and father as great models, but as a preschooler, he had the loving, nurturing hands of Mrs. Irene Bennett, as a babysitter and grandmother-type figure until her death.
Carrying the education torch passed to him from his parents, Migeal excelled academically and socially in high school where he was recognized as a stellar soccer player when he was involved in the American Youth Soccer Program. In addition, he was saluted for his excellence in football and basketball. He graduated from Southwestern High School in 1990. As an a young adult, he attended Ferris State University graduating with a degree in business in pursuit of an additional degree in education. He was initiated by Epsilon Tau “E.T.-Extra Tough Chapter” of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 1993 and continued his involvement in sports. For a time, he was the assistant coach of Men’s Basketball at Delta College. Because of his enthusiasm in education, he served as a highly-motivated educator for Beecher Community Schools for a number of years. He also served as the Chess Club Coordinator and made a difference in many students’ lives during his tenure at Tucker Elementary School. Migeal was also a dedicated member and minister in training at Dozier CME Church for a number of years. He currently attended Family Worship Center Church.
In the year 2000,he was joined in holy matrimony with Tamar Pleasant. To this union was born a son Matai “Hoot”. He also had a loving stepdaughter Quinasha “Schae”, and two other wonderful children--Markell and Brielle “Poopsie”. Migeal was a devoted father, but inspired and mentored many children and was fondly known as “Uncle Gale and Coach Swain”. One of his most treasured accomplishments was being the proud coach of the Young Bears Boys Basketball Team, which he lead to multiple local and regional championships for several years. Migeal was a music and car enthusiast and recently completed car salesman training at Patsy Lou Auto Dealership.
Migeal was cherished and greatly loved by his family, friends, and acquaintances. He leaves to mourn his lost an adoring mother; his doting children; devoted friend and former wife, Tamar; his inseparable sister and brother, Sonya (Michael) and Nigel; four nieces, Jamesha, Michaela, Saniah and Kayla; 2 nephews, Nate and Nehemiah; a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends and church members.
May God hold Migeal in his loving, protective hands.