Frank C. "Red" Stewart
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Frank C. "Red" Stewart passed away after a lengthy illness on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Red was born on November 24, 1919 to Frank Crawford Stewart and Lorine Saunders Stewart in Hodge, La. He is predeceased by his brother James Saunders Stewart and sister Nancy Lorine Finch. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he along with many of his friends immediately signed up for military service. He became a Naval Aviator and flew transports as a US Marine in the South Pacific Theater, prior to returning to the US to train in the new F7F Tigercat in 1944. He married his childhood sweetheart Ruth Ann Holland while based in Vero Beach, Florida during his training. He accumulated nearly 1800 hours flying time while in the service, then returned to his home town and continued his studies at Louisiana Tech University, graduating in Mechanical Engineering in 1946. He led the Engineering Department at the Hodge Continental Can Company paper mill for many years, following in the footsteps of his father. Ruth and Red raised four children in the village of Hodge.
Red was a lifelong golfer, and a very good one. He taught many a young golfer to love and respect the game and was the major force in building the Advance Golf and Country Club in Hodge. He was an avid duck hunter and fisherman and spent many days with his children and friends on the lakes and rivers of Louisiana.
Red is survived by his wife, Elaine Stewart of Quitman, La, and four heartbroken children, David T Stewart of Soquel, California; Dale Ann Stewart of Lafayette, La; Mary A Boogaerts of Shreveport, and Frank C Stewart III of Charleston, South Carolina. His grandchildren include Bobbie Stewart Noboloff and husband Nick and one son, Susan Stewart, Emi Lorine Stewart, Jason Stewart with three children, Sean Stewart, and Matt Morse and wife Megan, with two children; Lee Cornetta Reeves, and husband Todd, with four children, Holland Cornetta Gaines, and husband Brad, with two children, and Mary Cornetta Austin, and husband Clint, with one child; Frances Boogaerts Wilhite and husband Wynn with two children and Mary Catherine Boogaerts. Elaine's children, Tommie and John Overman, and Butch and Sissie Garner join us in grief.
Visitation is scheduled on Wednesday, October 16, from four to nine in the evening at the Edmonds Funeral Home on Allen Avenue in Jonesboro, La. A celebration of this good man's life will be held at his family church, the Hodge United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 17 at eleven in the morning. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Memorials should be directed to the Hodge United Methodist Church or a
. Services are under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home, Jonesboro. You can send condolences and view our website at www.edmondsfuneralhome.com.
Published in The News Star on Oct. 16, 2013