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Alton Stewart, Sr.

May 6, 1935 — September 19, 2016

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Alton Edward Stewart, Sr.

Hephzibah, GA  –       Alton Edward Stewart, Sr., 81, entered into his eternal rest Monday morning, September 19, 2016 at Pruitt Health in North Augusta. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday morning, September 22, 2016 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. C. Michael Wren, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

One of ten children born to the late Laura Sellers Stewart and the late Grady Alton Stewart, Alton was a native of Burke county and lived his entire life in Burke and Richmond counties.  He attended Burke county school and graduated from Augusta Tech with two technical degrees—a certified welder and certified electrician.  Alton retired after 32 years of service as a mechanic in the maintenance department of Albion Kaolin Mines. He liked to stay busy and could always be found tinkering on anything he could find or building something.  Alton had a deep love for his country and was a true patriot.  His greatest joy was his grandchildren whom he loved absolutely and unconditionally.

Those left behind is the love of his life, Verna Stewart; three sons, Eddie Stewart (Pam) of Juliette, Bruce Stewart of Ft. Lauderdale FL, and Ricky Stewart (Lou) of Ball Ground; three siblings, Elizabeth Huff, Grady Stewart (Caroline), and James Stewart (Wanda); five grandchildren, Mandy Tapley, Sherry Tapley, Bryan Stewart (Sheila), Harlee Stewart and Ashley Stewart; eight great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  Alton is also preceded in death by his beloved son, Tommy Stewart; grandson, Jordin Stewart; and six sisters. Pallbearers will be Freddie Lariscy, Mike Parker, William Scoggins, Arthur Sears, Allen Stewart and Tony Stewart.  Serving as an honorary pallbearer will be Bryan Stewart.

The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Wednesday evening, September 21, 2016.


I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss—
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much—
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now—He set me free!

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