We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Cooner Funeral Home, LLC.
Charles Walter Swindell, Jr. of Bamberg, South Carolina passed away on December 22, 2021. He was born July 30, 1933, in Norfolk, Virginia, the son of the late Charles Walter Swindell, Sr. and Ruth Scott Swindell. As a teenager, he attended Carlisle Military School in Bamberg, South Carolina where he began dating and later married the love of his life, Rebecca Keel Swindell (Becky).
Upon graduation from Carlisle, he attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. While at USC he joined the Air Force ROTC. Upon graduating he served in the US Air Force as an Ordinance Officer at Greenham Common Air Force Base in England for three years. He and Becky enjoyed these years abroad and traveled throughout Europe. After his stint in the service, they returned to South Carolina where he began working as a chemical engineer at the Savannah River Plant (Dupont). He retired after many years but continued his second love of designing houses and subdivisions in Bamberg County. He built an 18-hole golf course out of a tree farm in Bamberg County. He and Becky named the golf course Paw Paw Country Club. It is a fixture in Bamberg to this day.
Charlie was a devoted follower of Christ. He was a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Bamberg. He and Becky were believers in the Great Commission. They supported the efforts of The Mission Society to spread the Word of God around the world.
Charlie enjoyed many hobbies. He loved sailing and wanted to cruise the Eastern coastline, so he built a Morgan 34 sailboat. It took 2.8 years to complete in the back yard in Bamberg. After shipping ‘Panache’ to Charleston, the family enjoyed many years of sailing.
Charlie was predeceased by Minnie Rebecca Keel Swindell, his wife of 56 years. Survivors include: his brother James Fowler (Laura Jean) Swindell of Suffolk, Virginia, his children Michael Scott (Paula) Swindell of Irmo, South Carolina and Peggy Swindell (Dave) Babineau of Aiken, South Carolina. He is also survived by five grandchildren Scott Swindell, Chad Swindell, Ben Swindell, Whit Babineau and Becca Babineau. Additional survivors include his brother-in-law Doug (Karel) Keel of Clemson, South Carolina, and several nephews.
The family would like to thank Interim Hospice and Brookdale Brushy Creek for their care and attention during the last year of his life.
Memorial Services will be 2:00 PMJanuary 22, 20022 at the Southend Cemetery,Bamberg,SC29003
In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to The Mission Society an there website at https://www.tms-global.org/