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Thomas Swafford, the man who oversaw the design and construction of Fairfield Glade, passed away last Thursday at the age of 78.
Swafford designed the roads, dams, lakes, golf courses, and the layout of the residential areas in the Glade as he served as Vice President in charge of construction and engineering at Fairfield Glade from 1972 to 1991.
After retiring from Fairfield Glade, he spent the next several years researching and authoring several books about the history of Bledsoe County, TN.
Swafford passed away at his home in Pikeville.
Tommy graduated from Bledsoe County High School in 1953. Five years later he graduated from The University of Tennessee with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He served his country in the United States Navy as a Lt. J.G. in the Civil Engineering Corps from 1959 to 1962. During his service, he designed and oversaw the construction of a helicopter pad and a bomb shelter for the White House. He also worked on the design and construction of early warning radar stations in Thule, Greenland.
Tommy was preceded in death by his son; Gregory V. Swafford, brother; Phillip W. Swafford, and his parents; Hub and Ruth Swafford.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Helen Swafford, son; Phillip T. Swafford (Crystal Scogin), daughter; Lynne D. Swafford (David Emiren), grandchildren; Phillip Christian, Nicholas Ryan, and Parker Thomas Swafford, Anthony Greg and Thomas Alexander Emiren, brothers; Kendall, Steven (Elvie), David, and Ronny Swafford, sister; Sue (Sammy) Humble, several nieces and nephews, special caregivers; Bertha Ford, Shelia Clark, and Janet Holland, and his faithful companion; Molly.
A Celebration of Tommy’s life was held in the Pikeville Funeral Home chapel on Sunday, Feb. 9. Burial was to be in the T.Y. Swafford Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Alzheimers Tennessee Inc, at 5801 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919.
Please share your thoughts and condolences with the family online at www.pikevillefuneralhome.com.