Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

1615 South Fort Hood Road, Killeen, TX


Ed Swindle

February 1, 1937November 6, 2019

A celebration of the life of Ed Swindle will be held at 11am on November 12, 2019 at Memorial Baptist Church in Killeen. Visitation will be at 10am at the church. Ed completed his life on earth on November 6th, 2019.

C.B. and Effie (Roberts) Swindle were, no doubt, surprised to welcome not one, but two babies into the family on February 1, 1937. Ed and Ted were born in Cedar Gap, Texas, located in Taylor County. The twins joined older siblings Pearl, W. C., Geneva, and Virginia. Ed grew up on a farm in Tuscola, Texas.

After graduating from high school, Ed left Tuscola for College Station to become a Texas A & M Cadet. After graduating in 1961, Ed took a teaching job in Killeen. He earned a Master of Education degree in 1968 from Texas A & M.

During his 31 year teaching career, he lead students and teachers at Rancier Junior High, Fairway Junior High, Pershing Park Elementary, and Nolan Middle Schools. Ed both encouraged and challenged his students as he taught them science.

It was at Rancier Junior High that he first met Gladys Faye White and knew he wanted to marry her. The two married in June of 1964. They enjoyed life together for 50 years until she passed away in 2015.

Ed and Gladys joined Memorial Baptist Church in Killeen in 1966. Ed was a faithful servant at Memorial. He served as deacon, trustee, Special Education Sunday School Teacher, and on various committees.

He is preceded in death by his parents, C.B. and Effie (Roberts) Swindle; his wife, Gladys Faye White Swindle; and siblings, Pearl Swindle Dickens, W. C. Swindle, and Ted Swindle. He is survived by sisters, Geneva Swindle Attaway, Virginia Swindle Frierson, brothers-in-law and their wives, Larry and Joy White, Jimmy and Sharon White, and Clinton and Carolyn White, and many nieces and nephews. Ed had many friends who cared for him after Gladys’ death.

Ed was known for his friendly smile and warm handshake and continued to demonstrate these qualities despite dementia. Ed has gone to a place where his smile will never fade and where he will be rewarded for his service here on earth.

Please considering honoring Ed by making a donation to Memorial Baptist Church Debt Retirement Fund, 4001 Trimmier Rd., Killeen, TX 76542 or Killeen ISD Education Foundation, 200 N. W.S. Young Dr., Killeen TX 76543-4025. Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen is in charge of the arrangements.


  • Phil Moore, Active Pallbearer
  • Ronnie Parker, Active Pallbearer
  • Jackie Shiller, Active Pallbearer
  • Bob Maindelle, Active Pallbearer
  • Chris Hawkins, Active Pallbearer
  • Harold Gardner, Active Pallbearer
  • Mike Miller, Active Pallbearer
  • Jose (Junior) Toro, Active Pallbearer
  • Lloyd Boales, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Payton Duncan, Honorary Pallbearer
  • D.W. Kieff, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Al Wilson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ed Blumquist, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Fred Garraway, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Burial To Follow Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Ed Swindle

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Mark Manning

November 14, 2019

Ed Swindle,
my teacher, my friend, and my Christian brother.

Katy Hayhurst

November 10, 2019

Ed Swindle was the first special education Sunday school teacher I ever met. I was one of his students. He understood my feelings, and taught me to be a better person. He let me read the Bible aloud and meet new people. That's why I am sad to hear that Ed passed away. He'll be in heaven with his wife. My mom says Ed helped me use my talents.

Daniel Kilgore

November 8, 2019

I first met Ed when I was in 7th grade. He was my science teacher. He inspired me to love studying science and studying medicine. Our lives continued to cross over the years. Gladys was my Sunday school teacher from my teenage years until she stopped teaching Sunday school. Ed helped me get my first job as a pharmacist 27 years ago. Later we worked together many years at metroplex hospital until he retired. He was always so kind, loving, and supportive. He was like another dad to me. I think of him often and will dearly miss him. Love from Teddy bear.

Otis and Billie Mitchell

November 8, 2019

Ed was not only the greatest uncle, but he was one of the best human beings that God ever created. Even when he began showing signs of dementia, Ed continued with his wonderful sense of humor and loving ways. Otis and I always enjoyed visiting him, and would occasionally take him to get a hamburger and fries. He loved them and ate every bite! Ed was the best example of what everyone is called to do in this life. Otis and I are honored to forever refer to Ed as our “brother in Christ”. He will be missed so much, but we are thankful that he is in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

Richard Worden

November 8, 2019

I first met Ed in 1969 when I came to Fairway Jr High as Assistant Principal where Ed was a teacher. We instantly became friends, and quickly discovered that we were also brothers in Christ. Ed was not only an excellent teacher, but an example and role model to both his students and fellow teachers. Judy and I joined Memorial Baptist and enjoyed many pleasant times with Ed and Gladys. His passing saddens me, but I know he has joined Gladys with Jesus where his mind is clear and he has no pain. I have no doubt Ed has heard our savior say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." Judy and I have a previous commitment out of town next week, but Ed's family will be in our prayers.

Mary Ratlff Rios

November 7, 2019

I got to know Ed the last 14 months and he was one of the sweetest person I knew. He had the biggest heart and the kindest smile. He will be miss so much by me. I will miss seeing him when I go to work and not seeing his face at my job is going to be lost. Ed you will be missed so much. But I know you are at peace now.
RIP Ed. Your friend
Mary Rios
Canyon Creek