Updated: Longtime Cullman City Schools employee dies after fall from bluff at Smith Lake


Faye Jones Swindoll, in a photo dated 2013 / Facebook

Editor's note: The coroner's office on Thursday made an amendment to Mrs. Swindoll's age. She was 77 at the time of her death, not 70, as previously stated.

CULLMAN COUNTY – A Cullman woman died on Tuesday, Oct. 31, after she reportedly fell from a bluff in the Catalina Point area of Smith Lake.

Faye Jones Swindoll, 77, was pronounced dead at the scene by Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick, who said Swindoll fell approximately 40 feet to the water below.

Said a spokesman for the Cullman County Sheriff's Office, "Everything appears that this was accidental. There is no active investigation."

Swindoll worked for Cullman City Schools for 32 years, according to Cullman High School Principal Kim Hall.

“Mrs. Swindoll was a dedicated employee at Cullman High School.  She showed her love for our students and staff members each day,” Hall said Wednesday afternoon. “Mrs. Swindoll retired a few years back from her position as manager of our Child Nutrition Program.  She led her staff in supporting our students and always made sure to have the staff dressed in Bearcat T-shirts each Friday.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Swindoll family during this time of tragic loss.”

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