James “Jimmy” Harrison Stewart, 97, Hopkinsville, passed away Monday morning, November 9, 2020, at Ahava Healthcare of Clarksville, Tennessee, following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be private. Private burial will take in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West. Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
A native of Cerulean, he was born April 13, 1923, the son of the late Willis and Dora Wood Stewart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by this wife, Iva Davis Stewart in 2015. He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Thurman Stewart, Hubert Stewart, and Raymond Stewart and one granddaughter Jaimi Mcilraith.
He was a World War II veteran who served in the infantry in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre and was wounded in France when he stepped on a land mine in November of 1944 and was discharged with disability in October 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon and two Bronze Campaign Stars.
He was a Charter member and Deacon Emeritus of Edgewood Baptist Church. He also served as Historian, Trustee, Sunday School Director and church treasurer.
After leaving the army, he worked as a salesman for Lincoln Insurance; he was later employed as manager of Indian Hills Bowl. In 1964 he went to work for the United States Postal Service, where he retired in February of 1987. He and his wife owned and operated the Golden Ice Cream Parlor on the Dawson Road. Following retirement they opened Sis’s Antiques in the same location.
Survivors include his son, James Keith (Deborah) Stewart of Raeford, North Carolina ; a daughter, Pam (Rusty)Nunn of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Kim (Bill) Wainwright Nashville, Tennessee; Amy Langwell Belmont, Michigan; Jill (Jeff) Gary Hopkinsville; Jamie Stewart Grand Rapids, Michigan; Lori Stewart Fayetteville, North Carolina and Kevin (Christy) Mcilraith Hope Mills, North Carolina. He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Edgewood Baptist Church, 2300 Cadiz Road, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.