Gregory McSwain, 53, of Columbia, Missouri, died Friday, May 4, 2012, at the University Hospital. Greg was born on April 25, 1959, in Laurel Mississippi, the son of Martha Gay and stepson of the late Earl Gay Jr. Greg attended Jefferson City High School and later received his GED. He was united in marriage with Karen Beach on June 7, 2002, who survives at the home. Greg worked as a cook for several restaurants in the Columbia area over the past 10 years. Greg enjoyed his work and meeting people. Other survivors include his mother, Martha Gay, his brother, Ellis (Ann) McSwain Jr., Jefferson City; his daughter, Jean-Lero and son, Greg of Columbia; stepson, John Hahn; nieces, Amanda Purefoy, Jefferson City, and Brandi and Chloe McSwain, Virginia Beach; and close family friend, Robin Paulk, Columbia. Greg was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Belinda McSwain and stepfather, Earl Gay Jr. A memorial service will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 2727 Wesley St., Jefferson City, Mo. (off Hwy, 179), at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2012, officiated by Reverend Arnold Parks. A repast will follow the services. The family suggests memorial contributions to be sent to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be left at www.heartlandcremation.com.