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Visitation: 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. Sunday June 9, 2019 Whitley's Funeral Home
Service: Memorial Service 6:00 P.M. Tuesday June 11, 2019 A.L. Brown Auditorium
Interment: ---------
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Kannapolis, NC Robert A.(Bob) Boswell, known as “Coach”, 82, of Kannapolis passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at his home. He was born May 30, 1937 in Alamance County, a son of the late C.F. “Neal” Boswell and Ruby Ivey Boswell Wagoner. Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, C.F. Boswell, Jr. and Buster Boswell and step brother, Frank Wagoner (Becky).

Bob’s family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Whitley’s Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at KPAC (A.L. Brown High School Auditorium).

Bob was a graduate of Walter M. Williams High school 1956. He received a B.A. Degree from Elon College in 1960 and M.Ed. Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1963. He was a football coach at Graham High School 1960-1967 where he won the North Carolina 3A Football State Championship in 1965. Coached at High Point Andrews High School 1968-1973 winning the North Carolina 4A Football State Championship in 1972. He was an Assistant Football Coach under Lou Holtz at North Carolina State University 1973-1976; 1973 the Wolfpack team went to the Liberty Bowl, 1974 team went to Astro-Blue Bonnet Bowl, and 1975 team went to the Peach Bowl. Bob was an A.L. Brown High School head football coach and an Athletic Director 1976-1988 where the Wonders achieved great success during this period. As the Athletic Director at A.L. Brown, he improved Memorial Stadium, began a permanent weight strength program, removed “little” from team’s nickname, and adopted the big “K” emblem for the school.

As coach at A.L. Brown, his football teams won two 3A South Piedmont Conference Championships and four 4A Central Piedmont Conference Championships. Under his tenure as coach, he has had 183 All-Conference players, 14 Shrine Bowl players, 13 East-West, 8 North-South players, 11 All-State players, 7 All-American players, and 67 full scholarship winners. He coached 9 Conference Championship teams, 15 State Playoff teams and 2 State Championship teams. Coaching honors include: Regional National Coach of the Year, 1972; Head coach East-West All-Star game, 1979; Assistant Coach Shrine Bowl, 1988; and Conference Coach of the Year 8 times. Coached football in South Carolina school systems, 1989 - 2000; returned to North Carolina as assistant coach for South Rowan Raiders, 2000 – 2009.

Other honors include being inducted into the Graham High School Hall of Fame, Cabarrus County Athletic Hall of Fame, 2018 Rivalry Series Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

Bob is survived by four children, Debi Canter (Jody), Dori Swaringen (Scott), Rob Boswell (Lynn), Donae Yoos (Andy), grandchildren, Meghan Traore (Aziz), Matt Canter, Jessica Swaringen, Parker Swaringen (Brianna), Gabe Boswell, Jacob Boswell, Emma Boswell, Drew Yoos and Lauren Yoos, brother, Bill Boswell, step brothers, Vaughn Wagoner (Karen), Doug Wagoner (Daphne) and step sister Pat Clapp (Doug).

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
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From: Chris Hughes
"Coach Boswell was a dear friend and mentor of mine and I'm so thankful that the Good Lord allowed our paths to cross. His coaching records and accolades speak for themselves, but the true gift to us all was the leadership he provided to the thousands of young men who have since gone on to become better husbands, fathers, and community leaders."
From: betty hollis judd
"prayers for all of you.so sorry for your loss"
From: Randy Laney
"Coach RIP."
From: Bill Smith
"A good friend and truly a man who loved life ,people,and football. You are missed Crossing the goal line for the last time."
From: The 1964 Class of A. L. Brown
"Debi, Dori, Rob, Donna and Family, Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Dad. He was a "WONDER" through and through."
From: Les and Gail Puntch
"Debi, Dori, Rob, Donae, and Family, Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Dad. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers."
From: Megan
"My deepest condolences to your family. Continue to cherish the memories you shared until you can meet again. May the words at 1 Thessalonians 4:14 comfort yourheart knowing there is hope for your loved one."
From: George and Jane Kiser
"So many, many wonderful memories!!! We loved him. Our heartfelt sympathy to all the family."
From: Travis Billings
"Bob had a huge heart and cared very deeply about each and every detail. Caring so much that sometimes it was misinterpreted. Thank you to a Great man that will be missed for helping me grow as a coach. Prayers for the family during this time. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and comfort you."
From: Matt Plummer
"Dori, Emma, and Jacob..God bless you all on your loss. Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts. Matt"
From: John L.Weaver
"Coach will be missed,prayers to the family during his passing."
From: John Patterson
"I had the privilege to play for Coach Boswell at High Point Andrews. I can honestly say my high school football experience changed my life. Coach established a standard of excellence that continued long after his departure. Due to the example of Coach and his staff, I chose to become a football coach."