Fred Stewart Jr.
Fred E. Stewart, Jr. was born November 18, 1937, in Columbus, MS, to Fred E. Stewart, Sr. and Ella Blanch Stewart.
The Celebration of Life will be Monday, January 17, 2022, 11:00 A.M. at Oak Grove M. B. Church, 1090 Taylor Thurston Road, Columbus, MS, with Rev. Therman Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 2:00-5:00 PM at Mt. Zion M.B. Church, 2221 14th Avenue North, Columbus, MS. Funeral services are entrusted to Carter’s Funeral Services of Columbus, MS.
Fred confessed Christ at an early age at Armstrong M.B. Church. He received his education in the Columbus City Schools, where he later graduated from R.E. Hunt High School Class of 1958. He attended Rust College and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree. While at Rust College, he excelled in football. This lead to an opportunity for a professional career in football. Fred was drafted to the St. Louis Cardinals but declined the chance to play professionally.
Fred E. Stewart met the love of his life, Frances Jones Stewart, and they later exchanged vows on July 6, 1957. Together, they shared 64 wonderful years and to this union, 5 talented girls were born. He began his work career with the Columbus City Schools. His career in education spanned over 36 years at various schools including: Hughes Elementary School (Teacher and Basketball Coach), S.D. Lee High School(Teacher), the Public School Film Library(supervisor), and the Superintendent’s Office. Fred was one of the first African American teachers to transition during integration of schools. He also served as principal for 2 years at Malden Elementary School in Malden, MO. He would retire from teaching in 1995.
Fred Stewart began his career in public service in 1998 service as city councilman for Ward 4 from 1998-2013. During his tenure, many accomplishments included the completed construction of: the soccer fields, several fire departments, Sandfield Community Center, and Lowe’s Home Improvement. He also served on the CLEDA Board (Known now as The Columbus LINKS), Columbus Lowndes Recreation Board, The Columbus Lowndes Credit Union, and The Columbus Zoning Board.
Mr. Stewart was a great man of character and integrity. His love for his family and community were near and dear to his heart. He was willing to serve and help anyone that crossed his path. A great example of passion for his family was making sure his daughters received the best education and obtained their degrees by working many jobs to ensure they reach their accomplishments. Those places of employments included: Columbus Church of Christ, Kroger, CAFB, Social Security Building, and delivering newspapers. Mr. Stewart was a 2017 honoree at R.E. Hunt Museum where his photo and accomplishments were displayed for public viewing. He would later join Mt. Zion M.B. Church and serve as Chairman of the Trustee Board from 1966 until present.
Mr. Fred Stewart departed this life on January 11, 2022.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Annie Will Stewart-Hughes; his brother, Roosevelt Stewart; and his son-in-law, Tyrone Smart.
Mr. Fred Stewart’s memories will forever be cherished by his wife, Frances Stewart; his children, Dr. Cynthia (Marvin) Brown, Vanessa Stewart, Dr. Tywanda Smart, Yolanda (John, Sr.) Campbell, and Melodie (Rev. Therman, Sr.) Cunningham; his sisters, Virginia (Gilbert) Butler, Luella Hughes, Doris (Marzell) Starks, and Sarah (Charles) Jones; his brother, Sammie (Shelia) Stewart; his sisters-in-law, Celia McCallister and Doris Rogers; his brother-in-law, Tommy Jones; 19 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Wesley Campbell, Jr., Rev. John Campbell, Sr., Charles Chapman, William Jones, Richard Kidd, Brian Maupin, Nelson Roland, Michael Scott, Durrell Williams, Rev. Willie B. Logan, Basil Brown, and Markell Maupin.
In lieu of florals, memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Zion M.B. Church, P.O. Box 606, Columbus, Mississippi 39703.