Bobby Alton Swindell

April 6, 1936May 17, 2013
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Bobby Alton Swindell, 77, of New Bern died Friday, May 17, 2013 at his residence.

He retired from the United States Coast Guard after serving his country for 26 years. He also served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 33 years. He was a Master Mason, a member of the New Bern Scottish Rite Bodies, and a Shriner.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Alton and Doris Swindell and his sisters, Carolyn Swindell Boyd and Marilyn Swindell.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Linda Tetterton Swindell; son, Bobby Alton Swindell, Jr. of New Bern; daughter, Sandra Swindell Harris and husband, Michael of Grantsboro; three grandchildren: Helen Harris, Brian Harris and wife, Cheryl and Nichole Seabrook and husband, Michael and six great grandchildren.

Services will be held Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Broad Creek Christian Church. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred and may be made to Croatan Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, P.O. Box 15243, New Bern, NC 28560.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Visitation Sunday, May 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 19, 2013

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Bruce Morris USCG (RET)

May 22, 2013

Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate ,you were an inspiration to many and friend to all. Your dedication will live to a long time to your fellow Coasties. May God ease your pain and enjoy your company while we are left with many wonderful memories..

Jane Belluche

May 21, 2013

My heart and prayers go out to Bobby's family and friends. We have lost a true hero. He was an inspiration,teacher and friend to all that knew him. It was an honor to call him my friend. Jane Belluche US AUX 10-06CG

Barb Stoll

May 21, 2013

Dear Linda and family,
I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers go with you.We have relocated out of state but you and your family shall be in my prayers.

Peggy Koenig

May 20, 2013

I'm sorry for our loss. Mr. Swi;ndell was a fine Coastguardman in my opinion. He assisted me to become Crew for our organization. Fair winds and following seas, Bobby.

Tom Flynn

May 20, 2013

I worked for Bobby in 1966 aboard CGC ABSECON. He was the Chief Quartermaster and I was the new striker. Bobby was a great man to work for; terriffic teacher and leader. My prayers and condolensces to the family.
T. W. Flynn LCDR, USCG, Retired

Warren Edman

May 20, 2013

If words could comfort, there would be no tears,
If words could comfort, there would be no fears.
At a time like this, when one so very dear,
Seems so far away, yet is ever so near.
May words from friends on this day bring to you?
Show that they care and share your sorrow too!
Words when spoken are like grains of sand,
True comfort comes when we reach out . . .
Reach out and touch God's hand.

Original by W. David Edman

May 19, 2013

Please accept our condolences. I knew Bobby years ago when I first came to the CG AUX. Regrets that we are away and will not be able to be at the service. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Bert Felton, former FC at 10-05 Southport

Joe Truelove

May 19, 2013

Bobby was a mentor and a friend to me in the Auxiliary. I always appreciated his straightforwardness, and his integrity. Our talks always included a laugh.
He gave to his country a lifetime of service. He leaves behind sage advice and some great stories.
I'm sorry I can't be there to help honor him. I'll miss him.
Joe Truelove
CWO4 USN (Ret.)
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Ed Daily

May 19, 2013

I did not know know Bobby personally but I did hear much about his tremendous knowledge and dedication to the USCG Auxiliary. He was held in high esteem by members of 20-05 who did know him and learned much from his knowledge and mentorship. Please concept my condolences and know that he was well thought of and respected in the Auxiliary. Respectfully....

May 19, 2013

Bobby, kind friend, mentor to many of us, and a credit to all who stand up and defend this great country of ours. Steve and I will miss your calls, but are thankful that God has brought you home to rest without pain or suffering. Linda and family we hope you found the roses we brought you today.
Arleen and Steve Mulen, New Bern NC