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Roddey L. Stewart

Roddey L. Stewart, age 95, died Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Culpepper Garden, Arlington, Va. He was a York County, S.C., 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, S.C.
He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Kings Mountain, S.C. He later worked for Duke Power Company in Charlotte, N.C.
Mr. Stewart worked for the Clinchfield Railroad out of Erwin, from May 19, 1942, until he retired as a conductor in Nov. 1978.
He volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving as a radar instructor from Nov. 1943 to Dec. 1945.
Mr. Stewart was a resident of Erwin, 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. He loved the regular long telephone calls from nephew Jack Goforth. He was a prolific letter writer. 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 and wife Carolyn; three daughters: Jane Munsey and husband Bob, Arlington, Va., Helen Tate and husband Don, Vonore, Tenn., and Elizabeth Buchanan and husband Brandon, Midland, Texas; five grandsons: Brian Tate, Matthew Munsey, Robert Buchanan, Grant Buchanan, and Chris Munsey, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at Centenary United Methodist Church, Erwin. The Rev. J. Robert Layell will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 18, in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Graveside service and interment will follow the church service 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, TN, 37650; the Clinchfield Railroad Museum, P.O. Box 317, Erwin, TN, 37650; Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund, 1604 Spring Hill Road, Suite 450, Vienna, Va. 22182; and Stephen Ministries, 2045 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63114.
Valley Funeral Home is in charge.