C. Stephen Swofford

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C. Stephen Swofford, 71, of Shiloh, IL, born May 28, 1952, in West Frankfort, IL, died Friday, December 8, 2023, at his residence.

Steve was a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He practiced law in Mt. Vernon, Fairfield, Bloomington-Normal, and Springfield, IL. He was a member of and served on many committees for the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). After a long career as an attorney, Steve retired as a Deputy Bureau Chief for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. In the spring, summer, and most fall seasons, Steve could be found listening to or watching the St. Louis Cardinals. In the winter, he could be heard yelling at the Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed history, genealogy, and model trains and sharing those passions with his grandsons.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, James Severn and Mary Margaret, née Pittman, Swofford; a sister, Nancy Swofford; and special aunt, Jane (Robert) Hedley.

He is survived by his two daughters, Katherine (Brian) Dunneback, and Mary (Michael) Cotton; four grandchildren, Kyle and Connor Dunneback, and Wyatt and Henry Cotton; two siblings, Linda (Lynn) TenEyck, and James Swofford; two nephews, Bradford and Robert Constantine; special cousins, Judy (George) Buck and family; and the mother of his children, Sara, née Kohring, Brammeier.

Memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital or to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Private burial will be held at a later date.


14 Comments on C. Stephen Swofford

Mary Irwin said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2024 at 12:24 PM

My deepest condolences to Steve's family. I am so sorry to learn of his passing. I worked with Steve at the Wayne County State Attorney's Office when he was the State Attorney. I was Steve's secretary. Steve was a great lawyer and boss.

  • Reston
  • Virginia
Jennifer Eader said : Guest Report Dec 24, 2023 at 12:59 PM

I pray you RIP Steve. Thoughts & prayers to your family!

  • West Frankfort
  • IL
Jo Bryson-Swofford said : Guest Report Dec 22, 2023 at 11:18 AM

My sincere sympathy to Steve’s daughters and family. Steve and I became friends at Southern University and years later spent happy years together in California. A contribution in his honor will be made to the church we attended in Tiburon California, Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was loved and will be missed.

  • Larkspur
  • CA
Tom Dinn said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2023 at 2:36 PM

I saw Steve at Kroger. He was wearing a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. He told me he was retired but I asked him to come work for me at the Franklin County State's Atty Ofc, and he did. The next week Steve was unleashed on the unsuspecting criminals of our good county. It was Glorious! Working with Steve, Wayne, and Evan was the high point of my career. Such a good time, so many laughs. Steve was a great lawyer and better friend. I am going to miss him. RIP My Friend

  • Carmi
  • Illinois
Melissa Guske said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2023 at 8:29 AM

My sincerest condolences to Steve's family. I worked with Steve at the Illinois Attorney General's Office and often enjoyed hearing his passion for his cases and the law. He will be greatly missed.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Elisa Hamilton said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2023 at 9:04 AM

My deepest condolences to Steve's family. I worked with Steve at the Attorney General's Office. He and I bonded over our appreciation of the Bay Area. I always enjoyed going to him for his advice on cases, as well. He will be missed.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Wayne Morris said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2023 at 10:52 AM

So sorry to see my colleague had passed away. I knew Steve when he was State's Attorney in Wayne County but became better acquainted when he came to work as an Assistant in Franklin County. Steve was a dedicated professional whose contribution of knowledge, humor, sarcasm, comraderie and hard work made a difficult job just a little bit more tolerable. Rest in peace dear friend

  • Dahlgren
  • IL
Darren Eugene Price said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2023 at 10:40 PM

My sincere condolences to Steve's family. We worked together at the Attorney General's office. He was a terrific mentor to me. In 2018, we worked a case together in Belleville when I got the call that my twins were about to be born. He jumped in the car and said "say no more" and he drove me back to Springfield (very quickly) in time for their birth. I'll always be grateful to him and I'll always remember his words of wisdom.

  • Springfield
  • Illinois
Rick Crystal said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2023 at 5:55 PM

I wish to express my condolences to Steve's family. I was sadden when I heard that he had passed. I worked with Steve for 9 years at The Illinois Attorney Generals office. He headed up the Springfield office for the Medicaid Fraud Bureau. Steve was an accomplished attorney who achieved great results for the Attorney General. He was also a friend. I enjoyed talking to Steve about the law and about life. I looked forward to our dinners together when I was in Springfield. Rick Crystal

  • Chicago
  • Illinois
Brad Constantine said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2023 at 5:36 PM

Fond Memories of my Uncle Steve's Booming Laugh, and Friendly Smile. Fun trips to get real Mexican food at Bea's, and joking with the waiter"El Mundo", who always remembered him and gave him a hug., He taught me how to kick a football, and how to fetch a beer during a big game. He offered to help put me through Art school, and was a constant Pillar of support in my life. He was as loved as any Uncle ever was, and will be terribly missed. I hope he has a comfy place on all of our shoulders going forward. RIP Unca Steve.

  • Poway
  • Ca.
Jane Carnithan said : Guest Report Dec 14, 2023 at 2:41 PM

Linda and family, I am so sorry to hear of your brother Steve's passing. May the Lord give you great comfort during this difficult grieving time. My sincerest sympathy and loving prayers.

  • Loudon
  • TN
Diane Carnithan said : Guest Report Dec 14, 2023 at 7:37 AM

So sorry to learn of Steve's passing. David and I always enjoyed being with him when the cousins got together. Perhaps he and David are enjoying a reunion together now.

  • Rock Island
  • Illinois
Eddie Vaughn said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 1:17 PM

My condolences to Steves family. He and I worked together for many years. I as an agent with ISP-MFCB and he with the ILAGO. Many great conversations were had to include discussions about West Frankfort and Mt. Vernon where we both had ties. He will be missed!

  • Mt. Vernon
  • Illinois
Betsy Lowery said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2023 at 6:02 PM

My deepest sympathies for this loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

  • LaGrange
  • IL

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