Louise Huscusson Stewart, 89, passed away on July 15, 2018.
She was the daughter of the late George F. and Julia Campbell Huscusson. Her maternal grandparents were the late Alexander “Buck” and Mary Ann Colvard Campbell. Her paternal grandparents were the late Eli Jason and Elizabeth Fletcher Huscusson. Also preceding her in death was her late husband, Donald W. Stewart, in 1984 in Jacksonville, FL. He was an Airforce Flight Engineer and career Veteran; also, her three sisters, Maebelle Huscusson Sawyer, Hollis Huscusson Riddle and Mary Huscusson Shields; and her six brothers, Earlie, Taylor, Eli Jason, George Jr., Ernest, and Keith Huscusson.
Louise is survived by her two sons, Michael Stewart and his wife, Stephanie, of Orange Park, FL, and Ronald Stewart of Jacksonville, FL; two beloved twin granddaughters, Erica Stewart of Orange Park, FL, and Rebecca Stewart of Jacksonville, FL.
Louise graduated from Robbinsville High School with the class of 1947. She moved to Jacksonville, Fl, and worked for Southern Bell and AT&T Telephone Company. She retired in 1987 as a manager with 36 years of service. Louise was a life member of Telephone Pioneers of America, Jacksonville Chapter 39.
Louise lived in Japan for 3 ½ years with her husband, who was serving with the Air Force. Both of her sons were born at an Air Force Hospital in Japan.
After retiring in 1987, Louise moved back to Graham County as a part time resident and restored her parents home place. She grew up in a family of 10 children on a 40-acre farm on Ledbetter Road. She was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church.
Louise was a correspondent with The Graham Star newspaper. She loved writing articles about military veterans and senior citizens. She was a great historian, spending numerous hours interviewing veterans and senior citizens.
Louise was very active with Veteran’s Affairs. In August 2008, she was made an honorary member of the American Legion Post 192 and attended meetings on a regular basis. In February 2011, Louise began volunteering her time to work in the Veterans Office, assisting veterans in any way she could, answering questions and helping veterans process claims.
Louise drove hundreds of miles up and down country roads to talk and interview Veterans and write their military and war stories. She also talked with senior citizens to write their stories about how life was 100 plus years ago. Louise always said, “Veterans and senior citizens are our treasures of yester years who have made us strong, forever leaving their imprint.” In July 2008, Louise had a book published: “Precious Memories of Pioneers and Veterans of Graham County.” It was her greatest accomplishment for her 80th birthday.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Townson-Smith Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 pm Friday, at the Chapel. Reverend Daniel Stewart will officiate. Committal services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Townson-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Stewart family.