Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


June 30, 2012

Maco Stewart

Maco Stewart, 98 of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2012. He was born Sept. 17, 1913 in Pursley to James R. and Edna Owen Stewart.

Maco was a Godly man of character, integrity, honesty and dependability. He began his football career with a friend buying his first pair of cleats. He played football at Corsicana High School and was inducted into the High School Hall of Fame. He then went on to play for SMU, playing in the Rose Bowl in 1936, he was inducted into the SMU football Hall of Fame also. He coached in Mexia and then in McAllen upon meeting his soon-to-be wife Betty Miller. Maco and Betty married March 23, 1939. Maco then joined the Navy, serving for four years before returning to be the head coach of football and baseball in Longview. His former Lobo football players started a golf tournament in his name where many have gathered as a reunion for over 20 years. A scholarship to Stephen F Austin in his name was also created for students aspiring to teach. He later returned to Corsicana in 1951 to join his brother at Stewart Motor Company.

Maco was a leader in the community. He served 25-plus years on the Corsicana Independent School District school board. He had many enjoyments in his life, one of those being quail hunting. He also had a great compassion for the youth and special needs children. He always put God first in his life and was an active member of Westhill Church of Christ where he served and taught for many years.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Betty Miller Stewart who passed away in 1994; brother and sister-in-law F.C. and Ava Nell Stewart; and two brothers at childhood.

He is survived by his children, Leland Stewart of Las Vegas, Nev., Sandra Stewart of Waxahachie, Paul Stewart and wife Dianne of Corsicana, Terry McElroy and husband Dr. Pete of Corsicana, Dr. Chris Stewart and wife Michelle of Garland. He is also survived by grandchildren, Scott Bechtel and wife Sheila of Waxahachie, Mark Stewart of Houston, Don Bechtel of Waxahachie, Rhonda Bechtel of Waxahachie, Michelle Glasscock and husband Larry of Missouri, Brent Stewart and wife Lanette of Corsicana, Courtney Drain and husband Dr. Zach of Corsicana, R.P. Stewart of Kentucky, Wes McElroy and wife Christine of College Station, Byron McElroy of Justin, Christopher Stewart of Garland, Tyler McElroy of Corsicana, Meagan Stewart of Garland; and great grandchildren, Brandon Bechtel, Emily Glasscock, Bryson Bechtel, Kate Glasscock, Kylie Glasscock, Elliette Stewart, Colton Stewart, Ethan Drain, Deylon Drain and two on the way. Maco is also survived by his sister, Winona Stewart, and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and many cousins in Texas and other states.

Funeral service was at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Westhill Church of Christ with Ferman Carpenter officiating. A visitation was held following the service at the church. Interment was at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Scott Bechtel, Mark Stewart, Don Bechtel, Brent Stewart, R.P. Stewart, Wes McElroy, Byron McElroy, Christopher Stewart, Tyler McElroy. Honorary pallbearers were The Boys of Longview LOBO 1946-1951.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to or Challenger League 311 N. First St. Kerens, TX 75144.

An online guest book is available by selecting the Maco Stewart obituary.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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