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John Edward Stewart, Sr.

John Edward Stewart, Sr.

Oct 7, 1948

Aug 4, 2023


John Edward Stewart, Sr., 74, of Louisville passed away on Friday, August 4, 2023 at Jewish Hospital.

Visitation 11-1 Saturday, August 12, 2023, at W.T. Shumake & Daughters Funeral Home. Funeral to follow at 1pm. Burial Green Meadows Cemetery.

John Ed Stewart, Sr. was born October 7, 1948, in Louisville, Kentucky to Susie Lee Stewart and James Napier Stewart. He was the fifth of ten children.

He was raised in the Smoke Town area and attended Central High School. He was employed at American Standard in his earlier years, later was an employee at Fire King International, where he retired after many years of service.

John was known to his family and friends as “Johnny.” He was also affectionately called Poppy, Pops, Cool Pop, Johnny Cool, Cool “J”, granddaddy and Uncle Johnny. He loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a loving and caring person and was very well liked by many. Johnny loved singing. R & B music was his favorite, especially the oldies music. Earlier years, he used to travel with his big sister Joyce Stewart, who was in a singing group and was a great singer herself. In Johnny’s leisure time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting rabbits, playing bingo and going to the Race Track. He loved watching the horses race and give advice on which horses to pick and how to bet, whether trifecta, win, place, show or exacta. He also enjoyed watching all sports but was especially a big U of L and Lakers fan.

On Friday, August 4, 2023, John “Johnny” Ed Stewart, Sr. was running his last race. He fought the good fight and he had finished the race and kept the faith. He’s now resting in his heavenly home where there is no more sickness and no more pain.

He was preceded in death by his parents James & Susie Stewart; siblings, William Gene, James (Son), Charles, Hattie and Flora Lee.

He is survived by his two loving sons, John Ed Stewart, Jr. and Anthony James Stewart; daughter Charita Cooper (Glenn); his children’s mother Lula Harris who helped care for him and stood faithfully by his side; sisters, Joyce and Frances Stewart, brothers; Sam and Floyd Stewart; 13 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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