James Stewart, 65, passed away April 1, 2013 at his residence. Visitation will be 5pm-8pm Thursday at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Hazlehurst. Services will be 11am Friday at St. John Catholic Church with burial on the family property. Stringer Family Funeral Home in Hazlehurst is handling arrangements.
Mr. Stewart was a native of Cleveland, MS, where he grew up and finished high school, attended Mississippi Delta Jr. College before joining the Navy where he served 4 years. He worked at a funeral home for several years afterwards was self employed in pipeline installation and maintenance and other construction for the rest of his career.
Mr. Stewart had lived in Hazlehurst and operated his business here since 2003. He was always generous to people in need and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by wife, Diana McCool Stewart; son, James Earlton Stewart of Hazlehurst; daughter, Lesa Dawn Stewart Soileau, of Houma, LA; brothers, Roy Stewart of Pensacola, FL, Walter Stewart of Hazlehurst, and Charlie Stewart of Atlanta, GA; sister, Amanda Stewart of Atlanta, GA; and grandchildren, Hunter Stewart, Madeleine Soileau, Jacques Soileau, Logan Stewart, and Layla Stewart.