THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Edna Stewart (Carlton) passed away after a long illness, Saturday, November 9, 2013. "Miss Edna" as she was known by so many, was born in Stephens, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, October 11, 1924, the third child of Walton P. and Lillian Willoughby. She graduated from Meason Academy in Lexington, Georgia, and in 1943 moved with her family to McDuffie County where she spent the remainder of her life. Before leaving Oglethorpe County, she fell in love with her soulmate, Carlton Stewart, who she married prior to his Army service in WWII. Except for those years, Edna and Carlton were inseparable for over 60 years. Building a home; caring for family and friends; maintaining a business (Goldman's Dept. Store/ B&B Sales) and serving there lord through their dedication to Sweetwater Baptist Church of Thomson. "Miss Edna" deeply touched the lives of all with whom she had contact-an ever ready wonderful smile and a loving touch, or a helping hand. Everyone who knew Miss Edna felt all were blessed. She will be missed with great love. In addition to her parents and husband, Edna was predeceased by her youngest sister, Mable W. Lowe, Thomson. Survivors include: Annie Laurie Caldwell (older sister), Rayle, Georgia; Mary Frances Zakarian (younger sister), Matteson, Illinois; several nieces and nephews, including Gayle Graziano, Hayesville, N.C.; Sandra S. Brooks, Thomson, Georgia; Bobby Virgil and Johnny Caldwell, Oglethorpe County, Georgia. Edna was also blessed to love and be loved by numerous great-nephews, great nieces and great-great nieces and nephews. Miss Edna was blessed and thankful for the wonderful and loving care provided by Mrs. Shirley McNair as she prepared for her final journey to be united with her lord and savior. Pallbearers will be Lewis Hoats, George Lokey, Larry Hughes, Dale B. Ricks, James E. Wilson, III, and Faye Smith. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, November 14 in the Sweetwater Baptist Church with the Rev. Carrol Leopard officiating. Burial will follow in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday night at the funeral home. Flowers or in lieu thereof donations may be made to Sweetwater Baptist Church. You may sign the online guest book at www.curtisfuneralhome.com. Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2013
Curtis Funeral Home
218 West Hall Street Thomson, GA 30824