Max Swilling 76, of Snellville , GA passed away May 16, 2013 after a 2 1/2 year battle with colon cancer. Born November 17, 1936 in Asheville , NC , he is preceded in death my his father Glen Moss Swilling, mother Alice Bell Swilling and brother Buster Swilling. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Eleanor Rash Swilling, daughters Beth Pitts Loganville, GA, Leslie Jenkins and husband Mike, Dacula, GA, sister Marian Piercy Asheville, NC, brother Harry Swilling, Asheville, NC, grandchildren Amber Pitts, Delray Beach, FL, Justin Pitts, Loganville, GA, Zach Pitts, Loganville, GA, Wayne (Chop) Jenkins wife Kimand Gabbie Gainesville, GA, Lance Jenkins, Dacula, GA, Emily Jenkins, Dacula, GA. He is also remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Max was employed by the U.S. Forest Service in 1965, living in Asheville , NC, Tallahassee , FL , and Atlanta , GA. The last five years of his career were spent contracting the El Portal RainforestWelcome Center in Puerto Rico. He unselfishly took an early retirement in 1996 to care for his wife Eleanor. He was a member of Avondale Alliance Church in Avondale, GA from 1968-1970, Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee FL from 1971-1983 where he served as deacon, choir member, Sunday school teacher, Childrens Church teacher, and Bus Ministry leader, White Oak Hills Baptist Church of Stone Mountain, GA from 1983-1995 serving as a choir member and Sunday school teacher, and Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Snellville, GA where he was a choir member from 1995-2010. Upon retirement, Max became a wonderful cook with the direction of his wife, as well as an avid gardener. His example of sharing and serving others will never leave us. His enthusiasm for feeding the birds and competitiveness for a game of cards, scrabble or tennis will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank Suburban Hematologys Dr. Ravi Sarma, his wonderful staff and Crossroads Hospice for all of their care and support. The family will receive friends at Max and Eleanors residence on Saturday, May 25, from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Crossroads Hospice (www.crhcf.org/Donations) or Samaritans Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org). Please express condolences at www.southcare.us. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society in Alpharetta, GA.