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Joe Elgin Stewart
© Cheyenne Star
27 Jul 2000
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell



Services for Joe Elgin Steward, age 85, of Houston, Texas were Saturday, July 15, 2000 at the Clement-Keel Funeral Home Chapel. His son-in-law, Rev. Mike Bloodsworth officiated and was assisted by Rev. Calvin Walker.
Burial was at New Hope Cemetery in Mountain Springs, Texas.
Joe Steward was born July 2, 1915 in the Blair House in Weatherford, Oklahoma and moved to the Three Corners area in Roger Mills County as a young boy. Here he grew up on the family farm just west of Leedey, Oklahoma. He attended Three Corners one room country schoolhouse and graduated from Liberty Center High School in 1934.
His dream was to go to Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State. He attended one year, but the hardships of the depression era forced him to quit and look for work.
He enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps and served in Company 1813 and worked on civil construction projects near the Lake Murray area south of Ardmore, Oklahoma.
It was here that he met Lucy LcVona Morris and married her April 2, 1935 on her 21st birthday.
Joe began his career in the oil and gas industry around 1936 and worked at numerous jobs as he worked his way up in the oil and drilling business. In 1947 he went to work for Morris and Hamilton Drilling Company. By 1956 he had moved up to Drilling Superintendent when they sold out to Continental Marine Exploration/Fish Engineering. He stayed with Continental Marine and was Drilling and Production Superintendent when he left in 1962. He spent 2 years with Houston Natural Gas and in 1964 went to work with Ames Oil and Gas and was Manager of Exploration and Operations when he retired in Houston, Texas in 1974.
During Joe's 38 years in the oil industry and his 62 years of marriage to LaVone they lived in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Kentucky. They had 7 children, 24 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
Joe Steward died July 8, 2000 at the Texas Medical Center Hospice in Houston, Texas.
Having lost his wife, LaVona on Feburary 24, 1998, he is survived by his daughter, Shirley Yvonne and husband Bob Max Zetsman of Sweetwater, Texas; son Ronald Joe and wife Dorothy Leigh of Sugarland, Texas; daughter, Gueydon Thurber of Horsehoe Bay, Texas; son Clyde Ross and wife Maria Michele of Lake Jackson, Texas; son Sam Williams and wife Gwendolyn Kay of Hurst, Texas; son, Dan Brent and wife Gilda Kay of Woodlands, Texas; and daughter, Karen Yevette and husband Larry Mike Bloodsworth of Tyler, Texas; his younger siblings, Ila Juanita Trent, Carl Willmore Steward, Nina Belle Fields, Ina Jane Sergesketter, and Burton Dale Steward.
Mr. Steward was preceded in death by both parents, Jesse Brent Steward and Lillie Mae Hanshaw Steward; his infant brother, Delpha Alvan Steward; his son-in-law, Jack Lee Thurber; and his granddaughter, Lori Lynell Steward.


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