County Councilwoman Johnnye Code-Stewart died late Monday at Spartanburg Regional Medical Hospital.
Stewart, 81, died of heart failure, according to Stephen Lully, an investigator with the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office.
Lully said Stewart was at home and taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. He said the death will be ruled natural causes.
“This is a blow to us and a surprise,” said Spartanburg County Council Chairman Jeff Horton. “She was a great lady. She taught me a lot about compassion and humanity.”
Horton said Stewart wasn’t at last night’s council meeting and some of the members had started checking on her. He said Stewart’s son came home and found her.
“Mrs. Stewart was a people person,” said former state representative Brenda Lee Pryce. “She loved serving the community.”
Pryce had attended a function with Stewart recently and said she announced running for county council one more time.
Stewart’s current term on council expires next year. She served as chairman of the Public Health and Human Services committee and served on the Personnel and Finance and Recreation committees. She was one of the longest serving council members and was first elected in April 1991.
Stewart was a retired elementary school teacher and was a member several local civic organizations.
“It is understandable why she was elected so many times because she showed so much compassion in helping others,” Horton said.
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2008