John Allen Swindle, 80 of Rockledge, Florida passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 at home. John was born November 16, 1940 in Russellville, Arkansas to Lewis (Tubby) W. Swindle and Sarah Louise Aiton Swindle. John was preceded in death by his mother and father, Sarah and “Tubby”, and one son Barry A. Swindle.
John and his wife Gail moved to Florida after retirement in 1997.
John is survived by his wife Gail, granddaughter Morgan Swindle of Kennesaw, Georgia and great granddaughter Vallory also of Kennesaw, niece Carole Swindle Lundeen (spouse Eric Lundeen , great nephew Chase) of Bolder, CO, nephew Robert N. Swindle (Leah Swindle), great nephews Grayson and Maxwell of Shawnee, Kansas, Wendy Hurt of Jacksonville, FL, Beth Accord, of Sylvester, GA, and Kelly Garcia of Cincinnati, OH. Many cousins; Monica Aiton of Gainesville, FL; Steve Aiton of South Carolina; Charles Grubbs of Valrico, FL.
John graduated from Tullahoma High School, Tennessee in 1958 and attended Tennessee Technical University. John joined the United States Air Force and served four years. He was stationed at Tuner AFB in Albany, GA where he met his wife Gail. John and Gail married in 1964 and moved back to Tennessee where he worked with The Arnold Engineering Center. In 1965 they moved back to Georgia where John worked for Lockheed. He left Lockheed and went back to school. Later accepting a position with Georgia Power.
After moving back to Georgia, John began his square dance calling career in 1968. As a team, they hosted, sponsored, and called at a vast number of very successful square dance events. Many of these events included some of the best known national square dance callers. They traveled far and wide across this great country bringing the joy of their favorite activity to thousands of dancers. John had called square dances for 52 years
John retired from Georgia Power where he worked as a draftsman in the Electrical Engendering Dept. in Atlanta. John also worked for CALLERLAB, The International Association of Square Callers when the Home Office was in Cocoa, Florida.
John and Gail were an integral part of the CALLERLAB Home Office in Cocoa, FL for over 10 years. They were recognized numerous times by the CALLERLAB leadership, dancers, callers, and dance leaders for their untiring work, friendly attitude, true professionalism, and dedication to the activity.
John served on the CALLERLAB Board of Governors and devoted many hours to help ensure the activity and organization provided the best possible dance experience to all dancers. In 2018 he received his CALLERLAB “Half-Century” award, recognizing 50 years as a caller.
John and Gail are members of Faith Baptist Church in Rockledge. John was a member of CALLERLAB and served as President of the Florida Callers Association. He had been a member of the Atlanta Callers Association, serving as President, as well as the Georgia State Callers Association.