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2018-09-13 / Obituaries


Charles Steward Jr., 82, departed this life on Aug. 31, 2018, at Centinela Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif.

He was the oldest of 10 children born Aug. 4, 1936 to Charles Steward and Marandy Kennedy Steward of Wilcox County. After graduating in 1957 from the new Lower Peach Tree High School, he relocated to Los Angeles, Calif. He married Ora Mae Clark in November 1959.

He found employment with the City of Los Angeles. While working for the city, enrolled in evening classes at trade technical college to learn television repair and this became a second source of income for the family.

Steward faithfully attended church as a teenager and he continued to attend after he relocated. He and his family were longtime members of True Friendship Baptist Church of Los Angeles.

He was a caring, kind person and is probably best remembered as someone who put others ahead of himself.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Ethel (William Corzealious); brother, Raymond Steward, four uncles and their spouses, Ike (Bonnie Sue) Kennedy of Sunny South, Julius (Beatrice) Kennedy and Martin (Eunice) Kennedy of Lower Peach Tree; uncle, Calvin Kennedy of Thomasville and aunt, Pearlie S. Houston, DeSoto, Texas.

He leaves to cherish his memory two sons, Ricky Steward and Eric Steward both of Los Angeles; two brothers, James Edward Steward of Phoenix, Ariz. and George David Steward of Lower Peach Tree; five sisters, Bessie Zinnerman of Los Angeles, Edna S. Mason of View Park, Calif., Annie Marshall Steward, Alice Rodgers and Nettie M. Stewart all of Mobile; aunt, Mary Louise Kennedy of Thomasville; six granddaughters; two great-grandsons and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services were conducted Sept. 13, 2018 at Gethsemane Cemetery in Mobile with Christian Benevolent Funeral Home of Mobile directing.

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