Mr. Neal Robert Swanson, age 83 of Hiawassee, GA passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2011 following a period of declining health. He was born to the late Frank and Flora (Garrison) Swanson on September 17, 1927 in Hayesville, NC. He was employed with Hiawassee Hardware for fifty-five years. He is survived by his wife, Blon Swanson, of Hiawassee, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Unata and Jimmy Berrong, of Dahlonega, GA; Patricia Wright, of Hayesville, NC; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Brenda Swanson, of Hiawassee, GA; Terry and Marie Swanson, of Hiawassee, GA; ten grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, one great -great grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services for Mr. Swanson were held on Sunday, May 01, 2011 from Union Hill Methodist Church with Rev. Harold Ledford and Rev. Charles Wilson officiating. Music was provided by Union Hill Methodist Church Choir and Red Allen. Serving as pallbearers were: Tom Jern, Neal Matheson, Mike Crisp, Kris Berrong, Jimmy Berrong, Jr. Melvin Swanson and Ricky Franks. Serving as honorary pallbearers were: Towns Co. EMS, Mike Berrong, Benny Barrett and David Nicholson. Interment was in Burch cemetery. Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee entrusted with arrangements.