To the Editor: After the passing of Maco Stewart, I reflected on memories of this outstanding community person.
In February 1977 I started an exercise program at our local YMCA. Maco loved to play racquetball. Maco, although in his 60’s, was good enough to play in A-tournament games with men in their 30’s.
Maco would take on and beat men half his age in a racquetball game.
From 1979 to 1983 I ran the 15K Oil Town Minithon that took place during the April Corsicana Derrick Days festival. In the 1980 15K Derrick Days run, Maco, at age 66, ran a 1:30 time. Paul Stewart, Maco’s son, ran a 1:09. My time was 1:15 at age 36. I enjoyed communicating with Maco about his life as an athlete. He was a nice and pleasant gentleman to visit with.
After retiring from Civil Service at age 54, I was in sales at six Ford Dealerships in four different counties and Stewart Motor Company, then located in downtown Corsicana.
It was on a Saturday morning at Stewart Motor Company I got to know Maco as a business person.
I had just finished up with a customer right before lunch. I drove up to HEB grocery and bought a banana and apple for my lunch.
When I returned to the dealership, Maco (who was normally there six days a week visiting with friends and old customers) approached me.
“Jim,” Maco exclaimed, “Where have you been?”
“Mr. Stewart, I drove up to the grocery store and bought a banana and an apple for my lunch.”
“Jim, there is a drive-up customer on the lot looking at vehicles. Put your banana and apple in your office and wait on that customer!”
“Yes sir, Mr. Stewart!”
Not only did I wait on that customer, I made another sale that morning, and a reasonable commission.
Shortly after gassing my customer’s vehicle he purchased and thanking him for his business, I returned to my office and ate my banana and apple.
I quickly learned while working for Maco Stewart and Stewart Motor Company that business comes first — then we eat!
Maco Stewart, from my memories of him, was an oustanding athlete and gentleman, and I thoroughly enjoyed working in sales for Maco Stewart and Stewart Motor Company in the year 2001.