Harry Loyd Stewart

December 21, 1931June 16, 2012

Harry 'Loyd' Stewart of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed away at home Saturday morning, June 16th at 8:00 AM, with the love of his life, and wife of 60 years, Leona, by his side, as they were sharing their last earthly conversation together in the garden, doing what they loved to do. Born December 21, 1931 in Krotz Springs, LA, he moved with his Mother and Dad and younger brother to Baton Rouge in 1940 so his father could go to work at Ethyl Corporation. He was a five-sport athlete at Istrouma High School, and was a defensive captain on Istrouma High School's first State Championship team of 1950. While serving in the National Guard Reserves, he followed in his father's footsteps and went to work for Ethyl Corporation in 1951. After 43 years of service, he retired from Ethyl to spend his golden years doing what he loved most, being with his family. God gave him the most overwhelming capacity to love, a compassion for his family, and a joy and peace in his hope of Christs promise of salvation, that put smiles on everyone's face when in his company. He lived that hope and joy through the songs he sang, loudly and proudly, the old hymns of faith, a witness of light to the world and everyone who knew him. The perpetual 'practical joker', everyone who saw him ... smiled. He was singing praise to his Lord and Savior, when he breathed his last breath here on this earth and was in mid-verse when he saw the face of Jesus as he breathed his first in Heaven. He truly is the 'World's Greatest Dad'. Happy Father's Day Daddy! Survived by his wife, Leona Ortis Stewart, daughters Cindy Stewart McCormick and husband Ty McCormick, Christy Stewart Simmons and husband Lance Simmons, and son Gary Loyd Stewart and wife Kristy Stewart; 8 grandchildren, 4 greatgrandchildren, his aunt, Ann Devillier Riffel and husband Glen "Buddy' Riffel, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his daughter, Sheryl Lynn Stewatt, his parents, Joseph and Evelyn Stewart, and his brother, Philip Stewart. Pallbearers will be Lawrence 'Bub' Courville, Ken Courville, Jim Parker, Andy Parker, Philip "P-Ty" Stewart, Zachary Stewart, Tanner McCormick and Carson Simmons. Visiation will be at Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Road, on Tuesday, June 19, from 9 a.m. until services at noon, conducted by the Rev. Jeff Guin.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 19, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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June 21, 2012

Mrs Leona, Cindy, Gary, Christy and extended families,
On behalf of Ralph & Marcella Whitehead, their 3 girls Jamie, Kristie, Shellie and their husbands we want to say how sad we were to hear of Mr Stewart's passing. He was a great Christian man and I know you are taking comfort in that. He was a wonderful Christian enfluence on many people and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Shellie Fisher

June 20, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Diana, Buddy and Melanie Webre

Lisa McCollister

June 19, 2012

Cindy, our love and prayers are with you all!!! I know the pain of losing a Daddy!!! May the Holy Spirit comfort those of us who have been left behind!!!

Kim Edmond

June 19, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Everyone will miss his wonderful smile.
Kim Mitchell Edmond (Katherine Quirk's daughter) and Family

Lyn Camus

June 18, 2012

My deepest sympathy to you all during this difficult time. What a moving testimony and blessing to have met his Lord Jesus while proclaiming "How Great Thou Art"! Beautifully written tribute to an obviously well-loved and devout Christian man.
God bless you all, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
~Lyn Camus (I work with Kristy)

Ken Quirk

June 18, 2012

Our deepest condolences for your loss--
Buddy (Ken) & Linda Quirk

Dianne DeJean

June 18, 2012

Dear Leona, Cindy, Gary and Christy,

I was so saddened to hear of his passing. He was my dear first cousin. He was a great guy.
Y'all were truly blessed. Love, Dianne DelBueno DeJean

Mary Sue Meador

June 18, 2012

Loyd and I grew up together in Istrouma and shared many memories. Our fathers worked together and remained friends through their lives. Our children also grew up in Istrouma Baptist Church. Loyd's smile will never be forgotten, expressing his love for his Lord and family. Mary Sue Disch Meador