Roddey L. Stewart died Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the age of 95 at Culpepper Garden, 4439 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington, Virginia.
He was a York County, South Carolina, native and the son of the late Charles E. Stewart and Ida Jane Love Stewart.
Mr. Stewart was a graduate of Bethany High School in Bethany, South Carolina.
He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Kings Mountain, South Carolina. He later worked for Duke Power Company in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mr. Stewart worked for the Clinchfield Railroad out of Erwin, Tennessee, from May 19, 1942, until he retired as a Conductor in November 1978.
He volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving as a Radar Instructor from November 1943 to December 1945.
Mr. Stewart was a resident of Erwin, Tennessee, for 60 years and an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed gardening, playing the guitar and violin, woodworking, Bible study, reading and crossword puzzles. He was an avid walker and entertained family, friends, and neighbors with his humorous stories.
Roddey loved the regular long telephone calls from nephew, Jack Goforth. He was a prolific letter writer and nephew, David Stewart, and he had a regular correspondence through the years.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Goforth Stewart; four brothers, States Gordon Stewart, Harold Stewart, James Stewart and Charles Stewart; two sisters, Myrtle Latham and Virginia Davidson.
Survivors include one brother, Fred A. Stewart (Carolyn); three daughters, Jane Munsey (Bob), Arlington, Virginia, Helen Tate (Don), Vonore, Tennessee, and Elizabeth Buchanan (Brandon), Midland, Texas; and five grandsons, Brian Tate, Matthew Munsey, Robert Buchanan, Grant Buchanan, and Chris Munsey; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to give special thanks to his caregiver, Faustina Williams, and Vitas Hospice for their care and support. The family also would like to thank the Centenary United Methodist Women and the Joy Circle who continued to send cards and cookies throughout the years, and John Morton of the Stephen Ministries who regularly visited Roddey.
Funeral services for Roddey L. Stewart will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Centenary United Methodist Church, Erwin, Tennessee. The Reverend J. Robert Layell will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012, in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home.
Graveside service and interment will follow the 1:00 p.m. church service on Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Brian Tate, Matthew Munsey, Robert Buchanan, Grant Buchanan, Chris Munsey, Bob Munsey, Don Tate, Brandon Buchanan, Jack Goforth and David Stewart. Honorary pallbearers will be other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the following: Centenary United Methodist Church, 203 N. Elm Ave., Erwin, Tennessee, 37650; the Clinchfield Railroad Museum, PO Box 317, Erwin, Tennessee, 37650; Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund, 1604 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 450, Vienna, Virginia 22182; and Stephen Ministries, 2045 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63114.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net.
These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Roddey Latimer Stewart through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin. 423-743-9187