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Mary Elizabeth Swafford

February 11, 1926 — August 19, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Swafford

MARY ELIZABETH GRAVITT  SWAFFORD,  age 92 of Athens, Tenn. passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018, at her residence. She was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, Tenn., a daughter of the late Ollie and Mamie Kimbrough Gravitt. She was a former employee of Bowater Paper Co. working in the cafeteria.  She was a former member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and was a member of Idlewild Baptist Church.

Preceded in death by

  • Her husband: Clyde Allen Swafford on October 6, 2006
  • Two  brothers: Paul Gravitt and R. E. Gravitt
  •  Three sisters:  Marie Pelfrey, Thelma Ware and Mildred Cox


  • Daughter and son-in-law: Shelia and Donald Vaughn of Athens, Tenn
  • Son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Marquita Swafford of Athens, Tenn. 
  • Three grandchildren and spouses, Stacy and Rusty Byrd, Dusty Vaughn, and Kellie Wallace
  • Five great -grandchildren, Brodie and Codie Wallace, Auston and Elizabeth Byrd, and Katie Grayce Wallace
  • Two special nieces, Ruby Swafford and Connie Womac
  • Several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 7:00 P.M. Thursday, August 23, 2018 in the Chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Packett officiating.

Interment will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 24, 2018 in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Ronnie Gravitt, Donnie Gravitt, Brodie Wallace, Codie Wallace, Auston  Byrd, and Dusty Vaughn. Honorary pallbearers will be Rudy Swafford, Claude Swafford, Larry Ware, Billy Cox, Gary Swafford, and Darrell Swafford.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 P.M. Thursday, August 23, 2018 in the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1212 County Rd. 100, Riceville, Tn. or Idlewild Baptist Church Building Fund 118 County Rd. 104, Athens, Tenn. 37303. 

Those wishing to send condolences may do so at 

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tenn. in charge of arrangements.

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