His Wonderful and Loving Journey
Isaac Louis Stewart, Sr. was born on June 27, 1933 in Boyce, Louisiana to Mack Stewart Sr. and Fannie M Duncan and was the third of five siblings born to his parents.
He attended Grant Parrish Training School before it changed name in 1950 to Mary E Graham High School in Colfax, Louisiana which he graduated. He was baptized at the Village Methodist Episcopal Church in Colfax at a tender young age. Even though his family did not have a car; he went to church every Sunday regardless of the weather. He was at Sunday school with his brother Mack on December 7th, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He was eight years old at the time. He lived in Colfax and worked on the Thompson House Farm as a Tractor Driver and the lumber yard. It was hard work on the Glencoe Plantation. Some of you would not know about that or can relate. When he moved his family to Houston, Texas he worked and retired as a driver for Roadway Express and was a member of the Teamsters Local 988 Union. His CB Handle was (The Midnight Cowboy). He also worked for Liberty Paratransit, Inc. as a driver. He received The Driver of the Month in September of 1993 in Recognition of Distinguished Achievement in Paratransit Route Driving. He also worked as a Security Guard for the local sport games in Houston.
He loved fishing in the bayous, the Darrow, The Red River, and take his boat out to the Gulf of Mexico catching Big Drum, Red Fish and at one time caught a couple of sharks. He fished in Lake Livingston, Lake Conroe and other local lakes in Texas. He loved his Drum, Buffalo and Gasper Gou, Oxtails, Liver & Onions, Biscuits with Steen’s Syrup, Hot Water Cornbread, avid Pound Cake baker and Tea Cakes. He always enjoyed a good chew (Lick of the Jaw) afterwards (Red Man Golden Blend) and a sip of his Corn Squeezins. He was a true cowboy in full gear (riding horses, chaps, dungarees, cowboy hat and of course, the hardware (guns) in which he loved his westerns to date. He loved going to the firing range to make sure his “hardware” was ready. He could name all the actors and movies that he saw. Movie night was taking the family out to a western (Shoot-em-ups) and Godzilla drive inn movie, blankets on the back of the truck or station wagon with all the homemade goodies and snacks. He loved his music – Country, Zydeco (Clifton Chenier, Geno Delafose, Rosie Ledet, and Buckwheat Zydeco to name a few and his Spirituals (Mighty Clouds of Joy, Soul Stirrers, Williams Brothers, Canton Spirituals and Sam Cooke to name a few. He played the guitar, drums, accordion, and the harmonica; take pictures and video pictures of the family and the Zydeco Dance. His famous saying was “Great Googalamooga! (Goodness Gracious)”
He was married his High School Sweetheart - Mary Lee Johnson (Stewart) and to this union nine children were born. Fannie Stokes (Elliott), Isaac Stewart Jr (Chris), James Stewart, Velta Stewart, Lucille Carter, Beatrice Johnson-Ranzy, Charline Stewart Broadnax, David Stewart and Debra Stewart Henderson (Michael) and later in his life was Polly Mao. He has 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister Vergie Stewart-Harris, brothers - Robert Stewart and Andrew Stewart, his mom and dad and a host of relatives and friends. He leaves in mourning his kids and their families in Houston, Texas and Aurora, Colorado and his only living brother Mack Stewart (Ruth) and their kids Shauwea, Yvonne, Debra and Colleen and their families in Sacramento, California.
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