Mary Tarwater, mother of Olympic swimmer Davis Tarwater, dies in Knoxville


A year that has been so golden for Olympian Davis Tarwater and his family is coming to a close in grief.

Tarwater’s mother, Mary, 57, died early Friday after suffering cardiac arrest on Christmas Eve morning.

Doctors were able to revive her heart, but Tarwater, of Knoxville, never regained consciousness. She died about 1 a.m. Friday at Parkwest Medical Center.


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1 Comment

  1. Wella Hartig Peirsol on

    I’m so sorry to hear this. My condolences to the Tarwater family.
                                                      Sincerely the Peirsol family

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