Eddie Keith Swafford

February 6, 1950May 9, 2018

Mr. Eddie Keith Swafford, age 68, of Rainbow City, Alabama passed away on Wednesday, May 09, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00am at Grace Bible Church, located at 3322 Rainbow Drive, Rainbow City, Alabama 35906. Rev. Tim Wallace will officiate. Collier-Butler Funeral Home of arrangements. Mr. Swafford was a lifelong resident of Etowah County. He was a 1968 graduate of Gadsden High School where he served as Class President. He was a member of his high school football team and went on to play football at Jacksonville State University. After college, he served with the United States Army as a medic and was a paratrooper with the Special Forces. Mr. Swafford retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company after 40 years of service. He was a skilled craftsman by trade and enjoyed building and remodeling houses. He also loved boating with family and friends. He was a friend to everyone he met, always eager to lend a helping hand. He was a wonderful husband and dad, and he had a huge heart. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. Mr. Swafford was a Christian by faith and a longtime member of Grace Bible Church. He was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine Sanders Swafford. Survivors include his loving wife of 32 years, Cathy Swafford; Father, James Swafford; Children, Keith (Jeanna) Swafford, Sally (Brian) Hill, Andy (Kelly) Swafford, Georgia (Kevin) Donalson, and Jana (Josh) Carpenter. Grandsons include, Colter Swafford, Curtis Swafford, Carson Hill, Alex Swafford, and Cale Carpenter; Granddaughters include, Mary K. Hill, Cate Carpenter, Casey Donalson, Haley Swafford, and Holly Swafford. Sisters, Joyce Roberts and Debbie Harper; Stepbrother, Taylor Swafford. Several aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Amedysis Hospice for their loving care and the doctors at UAB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Bible Church, 3322 Rainbow Drive, Rainbow City, Alabama 35906 or Big Oak Ranch, PO Box 507 Springville, Alabama 35146. The family will receive friends for visitation at the church from 10:00am until 11:00am prior to the service. Online condolences may be made to


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David Clay

May 13, 2018

So very sorry to hear about Eddie's passing. Eddie was a good friend in our early East Gadsden and Gadsden High School days. I moved away from Gadsden and haven't seem him in a long, long time but the memories of our early days never leave us. He was a great guy and I know he will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and especially with his Dad who I also knew well and spent many times at his house and his clothing store on East Meighan back in the day.
David Clay
GHS Class of '68
Litchfield Class of '65

David Hayes

May 12, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Eddie was a good man. His obituary said it best, he never met a stranger and was always willing to help you if ever needed help. I worked with Eddie for years at the plant and Eddie was was a good friend of mine and my late son Jake Hayes, he was a pallbearer at Jake's funeral. Again I am so sorry for your loss, Eddie is in a better place and not suffering anymore.
David, Valerie and not Hayes.

Kathy Cash

May 11, 2018

Cathy , You are in my thoughts & prayers ! Rest well knowing that you were with Ed throughout every step & minute of his journey . I am so very sorry that you lost him . I will be praying for you on Saturday ( such a hard time). Lean on Georgia & Jana . Sincerely, Kathy Galloway Cash