Donald Hannon Stewart, Sr., age 74, of Columbus, Ohio died April 26, 2018 in the emergency room at OSU East Hospital. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on August 22, 1943 to the late Ernest W. Stewart, Sr. and Fransetta Patrick Stewart along with his twin brother, Ronald. On October 28, 1972 he married Bernice Marie Fadis at Mt Vernon AME Church in Columbus, Ohio. Together they shared 45 years of marriage.
Donald is survived by his wife, Bernice; sons, Donald Stewart, Jr., Damon A. Stewart, Dereck P-W Stewart; brothers, Ernest (Sherbie) W. Stewart, Jr., Jonathan (Phyllis) Stewart, and Jody (Lashica) Stewart. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Julie Stewart and Rilla Bird; brother, Ronald H. Stewart, Sr.; niece, Sharon Stewart; and nephew, Vincent Stewart.
Donald worked briefly in the hospital as an orderly. Don served his country for 10 years in the Army – infantry division and became a Staff Sgt reenlistment specialist before leaving in 1975. In 1977, he began working for Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) as a cottage parent. Many times when watching the news on TV (sometimes good, sometimes bad) he would comment “Oh I know them! they used to be at FCCS”. After FCCS privatized the care of children, Don transitioned into case work and later retired.
Don accepted Christ in his teenage years at Macedonia Baptist Church in Columbus under the tutelage of Rev. Brantley. While in the military he was involved in chapel life. Later he grew in faith with The Way – a research and teaching biblical ministry.
Don was a reserved, supportive person who enjoyed doing things with family. He would participate in his family reunions and his in-laws family reunions. He enjoyed cooking his dishes he learned while over seas. Playing solitaire, listening to music, recording movies and songs were some of his activities after retiring.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Good News Translation (GNT)
3 Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes! 4 He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God.
The family appreciates the love and support given during our loss.
A gathering will take place on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM with a Noon Service all at the Chapel of Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 5600 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213. There will be a Repast at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1555 S. James Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227 after the interment.
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