Mr. John Henry Stewart was born January 30, 1940 to the late Frank Stewart and Annie Stewart Evans . He passed away Monday, January 20, at his residence.
Henry attended Glen Allen School til it burned later transferring to Hubbertville High School where he graduated in 1958. He worked most of his life for the Drummonds Coal Mines and retired after 27 years.
As a well known and respected man in the community, he has served as Glen Allen Fire Chief, worked with Glen Allen water board, owned and operated Stewart’s Pawn Shop, but most of all, he had a great passion for his church. He served as a faithful, dedicated member of the Glen Allen United Methodist Church for 42 years. Known to the miners as John, most knew him as Henry, though many lovingly called him “Papa”. There was never a question of his love or commitment to anyone that knew him. As a Christian, Husband, Dad, Papa, Brother, and Friend, this man had a heart that was full of love. Though not a man of many words, his wit, smile, love, kindness, and witness for Christ, will make a lasting impression on the lives of so many.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife: JoAnn Cagle Stewart, brothers: James, Billy, Robert, and Charles Stewart.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Lynda Wilges Stewart, son: Tommy Stewart, daughter: Karen Stewart, granddaughters: Amber (Joel) Isham, Mallory (Oliver) Tice, great grandchildren: Jayden Stewart and Olivia Tice, mother in law: Becky Rhodes, three stepchildren, Allen Carter, Elesa Henson, and David (Tori) Stricklin, ten step-grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren, three brothers: Joe, Truman, and Jerry (Shirley) Stewart, four sisters: Bobbie (Bob) Mullins, Betty Sue (Charles) Nix, Louise Aldridge, and Mary (Billy) Gilbert, and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 22 from Glen Allen Church at 11-A.M Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery. The body will lie in state from 10-11 at the church. Bro. Joel Isham and Bro. Denny Renfroe will officiate.The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 P.M. at Nelson Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearer will be his long time friend, Bufford Winters.
Pallbearers are Jerry Stewart, Jeremy Stewart, Joel Isham, Oliver Tice, Jesse Gann, and Barry Hollingsworth.
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