Former OD Owner-Operator of the Month Jimmy McSwain dead at 52

| January 09, 2013

This photo of McSwain was taken in early in 2012 near his home in Winter Haven, Fla., was featured in the April 2012 issue of Overdrive.

Sunco Carriers driver, TCA Owner-Operator of the Year finalist and Overdrive’s April 2012 Owner-Operator of the Month Jimmy McSwain died Tuesday morning. He was 52.

Close friend and fellow owner-operator Jerry Homuth said McSwain is thought to have suffered a heart attack while unloading his trailer. Homuth cites the “invisible trucker” image when describing McSwain, saying his professionalism was unparalleled.

“He was a model owner-operator for anyone in the business,” Homuth said. “While Jimmy was a man of few words, he was always very well-spoken, and you knew that whatever he had to say was worthwhile.”

Homuth met McSwain in 1992 when McSwain began working for Sunco carriers.

“Jimmy placed great importance on doing the right thing, regardless of the circumstances,” Homuth said.

McSwain is survived by his two children, Ashley and Brandon. He is a finalist for TCA’s 2012 Owner-Operator of the Year.

Click here to see a longer profile on McSwain, published in April.

  • Otis Preast

    Jimmy you will be missed at the Lakeland shop R.I.P buddy

  • John Taratuta

    A hat-tip to “Little Mac,” and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

  • jescott418

    How sad he died doing something like unloading his trailer. RIP

  • MzKiti

    rip and prayers to the family and friends left behind. You will be in my thoughts

  • John Barsness

    Nothing wrong with that. I’d rather die working than many other options I can think of. Rest in Peace,Jimmy.

  • MPS Fl Road Team

    We will miss you. Huge loss to our industry. RIP strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.