Graveside service for John Howard Stewart will be Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM at Oak Hill Cemetery. Rev. Ricky Ruston will officiate. His family will receive friends Tuesday from 3:00-3:45 at the funeral home. Johnny was born December 3, 1945 in Talladega, AL. He passed away Saturday April 27, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents William Ernest and Hazel Chappell Stewart and sister, Mary "Teedom" Stewart Cox. He is survived by his children: Joey Stewart (Gina) of Alexandria, AL, Carri Stewart (Alexandra) of Carrollton, GA, and Emily Stewart of Talladega, brother, Franky Stewart (Carolyn), sister, Dottie Stewart Braswell (James) of Talladega. Johnny was the proud uncle of two nieces, Tammy Braswell Liner (Joey) and Samantha Stewart Kearley (Allen), nephew, Brandon Braswell, great-niece, Taylor Canterbury, and two great-nephews, Nick Kearley and Landry Liner of Talladega. Johnny graduated from Talladega High School and attended Jacksonville State University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy
(IC3), serving aboard the USS Ponchatoula during the Vietnam War
. After an honorable discharge he graduated from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He was a member of Bemiston Baptist Church for many years, before moving his membership to First United Methodist Church of Talladega. He was an avid history buff and enjoyed researching his family genealogy and Civil War. Johnny was affectionately called "Coach Johnny" after coaching the Talladega City Girl's Softball league for many years. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be sent to ALACARE Hospice, 1240 Martin St S Pell City, AL 35128 Pallbearers will be James Braswell, Brandon Braswell, Allen Kearley, Joey Liner, Joe Sam Galloway, Bob Sprayberry and Hoyt Adair. Honorary pallbearers will be Nick Kearley and Landry Liner. Online condolences may be sent to www.usreyfuneralhome.com
Usrey Funeral Home of Talladega will direct.