SUSIE ANN ALLEN STEWART
1911 - 2010
Susie Ann Allen Stewart, a native of Gateswood, Alabama, and long-time resident of Atmore, Alabama, died Tuesday, November 16 at the local nursing home at age 99.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Sarah Yarbrough Allen, her husband Rev. John Wesley Stewart, son Curtis who died in childhood; all seven of her siblings and their spouses; grandson Phil; son-in-law Jake Boatwright, August 14, 2010, and her youngest son Robert A. (Billy) Stewart, October 10, 2010.
She is survived by a son Leon (Donna) Stewart of Atmore; daughter Nell Boatwright of Birmingham; and daughter-in-law Pearl Stewart of Franklinton, LA; eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.
As a young wife and mother of four she was busy as a homemaker for several years. In later years she became a successful salesperson and licensed practical nurse. Her husband pastored several Pentecostal Holiness churches for more than forty-five years. After his death she remained active using her exceptional needlework skills to quilt dozens of fine quilts for others.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, November 20 at 11 a. m., at Johnson Quimby Funeral Home in Atmore, Alabama, with visitation from 10 a. m.
Bishop David Stephens, former superintendent of the Alpha (Alabama) Conference will be the officiating clergy. Susie dearly loved David and requested that he preach her funeral.
[Editor's note: Regardless of the age of a person who dies, the death of a loved one, especially one's mother, is never an easy thing to experience. We can never assume how another person feels in the midst of grief when his/her mother dies. Let us offer our prayers for Leon, Nell, and Pearl in their significant loss, as well as their respective families.
The Stewarts have been close friends of mine for some 50 years. We are grateful to God for the long and fruitful life of Susie Ann Stewart and her many contributions to so many people.
The Bible reminds us that blessed are those who die in the Lord, for they rest from all their labors, and their works do follow them.
We, as Christians, believe that when we die, our spirit goes immediately into the presence of Almighty God. Paul wrote, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." These bodies of ours will decay, but then, there will be a resurrection one day, and the bodies of the righteous dead will rise again. Jesus said that He was the Resurrection and the Life. Although we will die, yet shall we live eternally to be forever with the Lord.
Let us all be comforted with these words from Holy Scriptures.
If you wish to send a card or letter of condolence to Bishop Leon and Miss Donna Stewart you may do so by writing them at:
Bishop and Mrs. Leon O. Stewart
1112 Fridge Drive
Atmore, AL 36502
Bishop Stewart is a former General Superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.]
Posted on Fri, November 19, 2010
by Hugh Morgan