Samuel Thornton Stewart, Sr. was born on June 10, 1945 to Lorenza and Georgia
Sears Stewart in Bessemer, Alabama.
Sam attended G.W. Carver Elementary, and Junior High Schools in Bessemer,
Alabama. He also attended Brighton High School and ultimately graduated from
Jackson S. Abrams High school in 1963.
Shortly after high school, he joined the United States Army, where he served a tour of
duty in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1965. After Sam left the military, he
attended Lawson State Community College and Miles College.
He had several jobs during his adult life. However, he retired from UAB in the
Environmental Services Department.
He was a member of the Greater Fourteenth Street Missionary Baptist Church where he
served as a Trustee, taught the Adult Men's Sunday School class and was a faithful
Usher. Sam was often invited to other churches as a guest teacher. He loved teaching
Sam was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Georgia Sears Stewart; his
grandmother, Mrs. Helen Jackson; his Aunt, Miss Johnny Mae; his brother, James D.
Stewart; his God brother, Jesse "Jack" Williams; his sisters- Mattie May Roy, Sandra
Allen and Marilyn Hatcher.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Olinda Cook Stewart;
five sons Cedric Williams, Dapponic Stewart (Reshundra), De Marco Ward, Samuel
Stewart, Jr. and Ronald Stewart (Beverly ); three daughters- Georgia Williams,
Kewanee Stewart and Leila Long.He also leaves one stepson, Carl V. Cook, Jr and two
God sons- Orlando Chandler and Jamal Toyer and God daughter, Can't which McGuire.
Additionally, he has many grand children, great grand children, nieces and nephews.
His extended family
includes the Williams family-Dorothy Lewis, Catherine Williams, Brenda Knox, Teresa
Mason, Arthur Williams, Marshall Williams, and Claude Jones.