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Celeste Luckett Stewart


Celeste Luckett Stewart, 76, died July 7, 2012. She was born October 14, 1935 to the late Celeste Roberson Luckett and Ignatius Semmes Luckett of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Her family has practiced law in Mississippi for five generations, and she was the great granddaughter of a United States senator. She graduated from Clarksdale High School and then attended Stephens College where she was chosen head of the Honor Council and was a member of the modeling squad. In the summer of 1955, she was elected Miss Mississippi and went on to attend The University of Mississippi where seven generations of her family have attended. She pledged Chi Omega Sorority. In 1956, at age 19, she was elected the National Chairman of Teens Against Polio, which was the youth program of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, a branch of The March of Dimes. She spent 10 months traveling all over the country raising money for their cause. In 1956, she married Joseph Richard Weeks, a planter in Clarksdale, Mississippi. After being widowed in 1977, she assumed her late husband's farming interests in Roundaway, Mississippi, and in 1980 was the first woman to win a conservation award. That same year she moved to Memphis, Tennessee after marrying Sidney Andrew Stewart, Jr., chairman of The Crump Companies who died in 2000. She was a communicant of The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a member of the Memphis Hunt and Polo Club, The Colonial Dames, the Tuesday Shrews, and a former member of The Little Club. She is survived by six daughters, Celeste Hill Weeks of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Elizabeth Weeks Weston (Steve) of Jackson, Mississippi, Frazier Weeks McGee of Memphis, Tennessee, Sara Weeks Wittich (Marcus) of Atlanta, Georgia, Kate Weeks Voldrich of Denver, Colorado, and Jennifer Weeks Walthal (Ward) of Memphis, Tennessee. She also leaves eleven grandchildren, a brother Ignatius Semmes Luckett, Jr., of Clarksdale, Mississippi and a sister, Lucretia Luckett Boyle (Tom) of Bend, Oregon. The funeral will be held at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 1695 Central Ave. Memphis, TN, with burial following at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis, TN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Union Mission Moriah House and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Published in Clarion Ledger on July 10, 2012
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