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Xavier graduate, men's basketball player dies at age 30
September 8, 2008

     NEW ORLEANS — Stephen Lamar Stallworth, a member of the Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball team in 1999-2000 and 2000-01, died Wednesday (Sept. 3) in a trucking accident in Conway, Ark. He was 30.
     Stallworth was a 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward from Pensacola, Fla. As a senior he ranked third with 9.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Gold Rush's 2000-01 team, which was 24-7, earned a share of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship and received a bid to the NAIA Division I National Championship at Tulsa, Okla.
     He was a two-year letterman for the Rush and received his bachelor of science degree from Xavier in May 2002.
     "Stephen was a hard-working kid," said Dale Valdery, Xavier's coach from 1990-2002. "He came to work every day and was a good student. I never had any problems with him. He gave 100 percent at all times. He got along well with all his teammates."
     Stephen Stallworth, 1977-2008

Stephen Stallworth
Nov. 30, 1977-Sept. 3, 2008
     Dannton Jackson, Xavier's current head coach, was an assistant coach on the teams Stallworth played for. David Egans, Xavier's current assistant, was a teammate of Stallworth in 2000-01.
     "Stephen was real easy to get along with," Jackson said. "He was a hard worker and fun to be with. He was our best post player at the time. He helped us win a championship."
     Stallworth graduated from Pensacola High School in 1996. He was an all-conference player for Faulkner University and was on the University of South Alabama roster in 1998-99 before transferring to Xavier.
     Stallworth lived in Fort Worth, Texas, and worked for Schlumberger at the time of his death.
     Survivors include his wife, Monique Thornton Stallworth; his 4-year-old daughter, Logan Amelia Stallworth; his father, Ed C. Stallworth Sr.; his mother, Mattie Jones Stallworth; his brother, Ed C. Stallworth Jr.; and sisters Deana E. Stallworth, Shanitha Stallworth, Shanelle Stallworth and Shanenne Stallworth.
     Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday in the chapel at Baker Funeral Home, 301 East Rosedale in Fort Worth. Stallworth's funeral will start at 3 p.m. Tuesday at The Greenway Church, 1816 Delga St. in Fort Worth. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the Stallworth family requests donations for a scholarship fund which is being established for Logan Stallworth.


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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