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History of E.J. Swint Elementary School

Edgar Jewel Swint was born in Orchard Hill, Georgia, August 20, 1893, and spent his early years in that section of Georgia.  He married Marie Willis in1917 and to that union was born seven children.  In December 1933, he moved his family to Jonesboro, after buying Planters Gin and Manufacturing Co.  After the operation of a cotton gin for about twenty years he saw the passing of cotton as the main money crop of this county and with it the cotton gin.  He continued to diversify his business to meet the needs of his county.    

Jewel was always busy.  He took part in every worthwhile civic project.  He became a charter member of the Jonesboro Exchange Club and was secretary of the same until his death in 1961.  Many accomplishments of the club can be directly attributed to his untiring efforts.  As a charter member of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, he was always an active supporter of the chamber and its projects and served as its treasurer from its inception.    

He served his community well as a Councilman in the city of Jonesboro, a steward in the Methodist Church, a devoted mason and for many years a member of the local school board.  Two of his pet projects were the then newly organized Jonesboro High School football team and the high school band.  He sold season tickets and worked the gate at home games for years.  He helped to raise money for the first band uniforms for Jonesboro.  While a member of the local school board he was instrumental in getting Mr. J. E. Edmonds to come to Jonesboro High School.  This was the turning point for education, not only in Jonesboro but for all of Clayton County, as Mr. Edmonds later became school superintendent for Clayton County.    

Time will not permit the recollection of all the many institutions, charities and worthy causes he served, and it would be better to say, no call for help ever went unheeded.  No need arose but that he would be found in the forefront.  His tireless efforts carried him into every campaign to meet the needs of his community and his fellowman.  He was a great organizer, a true friend and a good companion on all occasions.  He has earned his reward, his job was well done, and though he has passed on, his spirit will continue to walk the streets of Jonesboro and many will see and be inspired by the footprints he left behind and many will find eternal peace with their God, because they knew, lived with and loved Edgar Jewel Swint.


* Remarks Made By Judge Edwin S. Kemp at the Dedication of E.J. Swint School in 1970.

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