DREXEL Mrs. Jane Byrd Carswell, 71, of Drexel, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, after a brief illness. Mrs. Carswell was born July 24, 1948, in Burke County, a daughter of the late John Byrd and Mary Brittain Byrd Bradshaw. She was a member of Valdese First Baptist Church and retired the dean of business from Western Piedmont Community College. Surviving are her son, Chris Carswell and wife, Megan, of Newton; her daughter, Gretchen Holden and husband, Scott, of Morganton; and her brother, Bud Byrd and wife, Taru, of Drexel. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Taylor Holden, Josh Holden, Madi Carswell, Christon Carswell, Andrew Carswell, Lily Thompson, Noah Thompson; and a great-grandchild, Marlie Mojica. The funeral services for Jane Byrd "Tootie" Carswell will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with the Rev. Elden Hinegardner officiating. Interment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Heritage Funeral Service. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the Carswell family.

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