KANNAPOLIS Robert "Bob" A. 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., Buster Boswell; and stepbrother, Frank Wagoner (Becky). Bob's family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 9, at Whitley's Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, at KPAC (A.L. Brown High School Auditorium). Bob was a graduate of Walter M. Williams High School, Class of 1956. He received a B.A. Degree from Elon College in 1960 and M.Ed. Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1963. He was football coach at Graham High School from 1960 to 1967, where he won the North Carolina 3A Football State Championship in 1965. He coached at High Point Andrews High School from 1968 to 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 from 1973 to 1976; the 1973 Wolfpack team went to Liberty Bowl, the 1974 team went to Astro-Blue Bonnet Bowl, and the 1975 team went to Peach Bowl. Bob was A.L. Brown High School head football coach and Athletic Director from 1976 to 1988, where the Wonders achieved great success during this period. As 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, eight NorthSouth players, 11 All-State players, seven All-American players, and 67 full scholarship winners. He coached nine conference championship teams, 15 state playoff teams and two 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 eight times. He coached football in South Carolina school systems from 1989 to 2000, then returned to North Carolina as assistant coach for the South Rowan Raiders from 2000 to 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, Lauren Yoos; brother, Bill Boswell; stepbrothers, Vaughn Wagoner (Karen), Doug Wagoner (Daphne); and stepsister, Pat Clapp(Doug). Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.

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