Steve Swafford has died

Marvin WestHalls, Powell

Steve Swafford, 64, former standout athlete at Powell High School, has died.

Swafford, a football running back, basketball guard and baseball infielder, was one of the best all-around athletes ever in the Knoxville area, said Mike McConkey, a teammate beginning with boyhood games at Inskip-Norwood.

“He was in the Ron Widby class as a multi-talented athlete. Steve was a natural,” said McConkey.

Swafford received a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee in 1972 but suffered a career-ending shoulder injury as a freshman.

Mr. Swafford is survived by his wife, Royette Viles-Swafford, sons Joe Swafford and Dallas Roach, and mother, Patricia Swafford.

The family home is on Bell Road in Halls. The family plans a private celebration of his life.

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