Roy M. Stewart Jr.
Roy M. Stewart, Jr., aged 90, passed away on October 16, 2016. Roy was born in Amite, LA, on September 29, 1926, to Roy M. Stewart, Sr. and Winnie Davis Kemp Stewart. He graduated from Amite High School and attended one year at LSU before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII, proudly serving his country in the battle of Iwo Jima. When this battle was over, Roy was one of only 34 Marines from the original 250 men in his company who walked off the island. Roy's best friend, foxhole companion, and fellow machine gunner, Jack Simms, from Auburn, Alabama, is now the only living Marine from F Company 2F23, who served on Iwo Jima. After WWII, Roy received a degree in Pharmacy from Loyola University, New Orleans. He opened Drive-in Drugstore in Amite in 1956 and loved giving back to his community, devoting time to his family and friends, and worshiping at the First United Methodist Church. Of course, he joked that the more children he had, the more hours he worked. He truly did lead by example, though, and focused on the positive despite his own personal tragedies and adversities. He loved to laugh and it was a pleasure to be in his presence. Roy is survived by his daughters, Beth Brantley and husband, John, and Nancy Harrelson and husband, Rob; sister, Margiana Billodeaux; cousin, Libby Falcon Covington; grandchildren, David Ferachi and wife, Melissa, Larry Ferachi, Jr., Laura Horton and husband, Chris, Alex and Kelsey Nicholls; and great-grandchildren, Jackson and Frankie Ferachi, and Emma and Andrew Horton. Roy is also survived by devoted long-time friend, Ann Warmbir; sister-in-law, Joanne Russell Verger; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-one years, Carolyn Russell Stewart; and three sons, Charles Roy Stewart, Robert Marion Stewart, and Stephen Russell Stewart; his parents, Roy and Winnie Stewart; sisters, Mary Eva Sanders and Annie Lou Girod; and aunt, Sarah Stewart Falcon. Visitation at First United Methodist Church, Amite, from 9 AM until religious services at 12 Noon on Friday, October 21, 2016. Interment Mulberry Street Cemetery, Amite. Our extreme gratitude and love to Ann Warmbir for her loving and devoted care of Roy during his illness. A special thanks to Dr. Andrew McWhorter for giving us 10 more years with our father. The family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the North Oaks Hospice team who cared so lovingly for Roy over the past month. The family would like to thank the dear friends and family members who came to visit Roy during his illness, in particularly we are grateful to Mr. Angelo Giardina, Roy's lifelong friend of 84 years for his devoted friendship. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 800 N. Duncan Ave., Amite, LA 70422. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com. "Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hill, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest"
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