A native of Harriman, Barksdale came to UT as part of Tennessee's first recruiting class after Johnny Majors replaced Bill Battle as head coach in 1977. The UT record book lists him as the starting free safety in 1977 and 1980. He had been recruited by Battle.
The 1979 team, for which he lettered, played in the Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston, Texas, the first Vols' team to see postseason action since the 1974 squad participated in Memphis' Liberty Bowl.
The funeral service is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road, in Lexington. The family will receive friends at the church from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Barksdale was a member of Glen Arvin Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Ivy Mapp Barksdale; children, twins Martina and Marcellus 12, and another son, Dariuis 8. A sister, Sharrieffa Barksdale, ran track at UT as a hurdler and was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1984.
Barksdale had been an employee of Thoroughbred Chevrolet in Lexington.