OBITUARY

Darrell Lynn Stewart

May 1, 1942March 1, 2019

Darrell Lynn Stewart, 76, of Lynchburg, passed away early Friday morning, March 1, after a bravely fought battle with cancer. Darrell was born on May 1, 1942, and grew up in Lynchburg’s “Cotton Hill” neighborhood, surrounded by a large close-knit family and many friends. He graduated from E.C. Glass High School in 1960 and then joined the Marine Corps. Upon his discharge, he went to work for Southern Parts & Bearings, and then for Lynchburg Foundry, where he spent more than 40 years as a storeroom manager and buyer. Darrell and his wife, Joan Mays Stewart, were married in 1962 and had two children, Susan and Michael. He had a lifelong love of music and enjoyed singing in church choir, performing in productions at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, and playing in local bands Blackwater and Revised Edition. He enjoyed many years of music and laughter performing as an “end man” in the Brookville High School Band Boosters Variety Show. He loved nature and flowers, and spent many happy hours working in his yard and on projects around the house. He loved golf, the New York Yankees, the Blue Ridge Mountains, banana pudding, a good joke and duct tape. He was always quick with a joke and a kind word, and never missed a chance to help a friend in need. He loved life and always had a positive outlook. He loved his church family at Marsh Memorial United Methodist Church. More than anything, he loved his family dearly. He and Joan had 56 happy years together (“And they said it wouldn’t last!”). He is survived by Joan, Susan and Michael; daughter-in-law Jenell Zemany Stewart; grandchildren Kaelah, Madison, Jaxon, Carter, Brady, Corbin and Eleanor; sister Lillian Beaman, of Garner, NC; many loved nieces and nephews; and several grand-dogs. Darrell wished to be cremated. He also asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Marsh Memorial United Methodist Church. There will be a visitation with the family at Whitten Funeral Home, Timberlake Chapel, on Tuesday, March 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at Marsh Memorial United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 p.m. Darrell would want us to be happy that he is with the Lord, so please come help us share in his love and joy. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com. Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.

  • FAMILY

  • More than anything, he loved his family dearly. He and Joan had 56 happy years together (“And they said it wouldn’t last!”). He is survived by Joan, Susan and Michael; daughter-in-law Jenell Zemany Stewart; grandchildren Kaelah, Madison, Jaxon, Carter, Brady, Corbin and Eleanor; sister Lillian Beaman, of Garner, NC; many loved nieces and nephews; and several grand-dogs.
  • DONATIONS

  • Marsh Memorial United Methodist Church

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Brenda Adams

March 6, 2019

Joan, Michael and Susan we were sad to read of Darrell’s Passing I pray you find peace in knowing his pain and suffering have ended and he is now whole again. May God comfort you in the days ahead as you celebrate the wonderful life you had. God Bless. Ronnie and Brenda Adams

Jacque and Dick Penoza

March 6, 2019

Dear Joan and family,
We were saddened to read the news of Darrell's passing. Although we moved from Lynchburg many years ago, we have not forgotten our happy times with you and Darrell. Remembering his music, energy and humor brings a smile to our faces.
Thinking of you,
Jacque and Dick Penoza

Hank Beaman

March 6, 2019

Deepest sympathies to Joan, Susan, Michael and his family. Celebrate his life, because he touched so many people in the best of ways. From playing baseball at EC Glass to serving us all as a US Marine, he gave his all to his entire family and to his community. He will be missed and he will be welcomed into the Kingdom of God Almighty.

Hank Beaman

Sherry Pullum

March 5, 2019

I’m not even sure when I first met “Uncle” Darrell. I’ve been friends with his niece about 45 years. He was such an entertaining person. I loved going to hear Revised Edition. He was fun to talk to and obviously adored his family. His exuberant personality will be missed. Prayers for the family.

michael roach

March 5, 2019

i was a neighbor of Darrell's for 15 yrs or so and he was a true neighbor. He was always willing to help and never complained. In all the years i never saw him mad or even upset. A true gentleman and a genuine friend. The true definition of a neighbor. have lost touch these past years but will never forget him or his positive attitude.

Helen Clemmons Huff

March 4, 2019

Joan, I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

Terry Stinson

March 4, 2019

For Darrell from Terry:

We lost one of our best friends on Friday, but I know he is now singing with the angels. He's probably trying to get them to change the key.

Darrell and I played together in the "Revised Edition" band for 26 years. We never had an argument between the 6 of us in all of those years. Most marriages can't say that. We had so many good times together, at band practice and on the stage, and Darrell was usually in the middle of keeping us all laughing. I will miss my buddy, but I'll always have the good memories.

Rest in peace, my good friend, until one day when we are all together and start up the band again and play for the Lord.

Mel Parker

March 3, 2019

My sympathy and condolences to Darrell's family and friends.
Mel Parker

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