Rev. Gerald D. Stewart was born July 16, 1926 in Gurdon, Arkansas to Elmer Allen and Martha (Tirpitz) Stewart and passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the age of 94 years.
His siblings included Gracie, George, Leo, Elmer, Jack, John and Frank as well as a brother who died at birth.
Gerald joined the US Army Airforce at age 16 in 1942. In World War II he served in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Ghana and French Morocco.
Early in life he felt a call to be a Missionary to Japan, but World War II and its aftermath changed his path.
He graduated from Central Bible College and ministered for a while as an evangelist and for a short time worked with Evangelist A.A. Allen.
He re-enlisted in the US Army Air Force (name changed to US Air Force) and served for a while as a Chaplain in the Air Force during the Korean War.
He married Lily Dunets and the two of them moved to California, where he spent most of his life.
He was bivocational, working for the Greyhound Bus Lines and also assisting in Ministry at Glen Cole’s Church at Capital Christian Assembly of God in Sacramento, California.
Rev. Stewart also pastored Assemblies of God churches in Pennsylvania and Arkansas.
In 2004 he married Rev. Edythe Nelson (Crabb) Stewart of Edwardsville, Illinois. After marriage they moved to Arkansas and served as staff Pastors at Faith Assembly of God Conway, Arkansas.
He also served as the Prayer Pastor for the Jim Bakker Show in Blue Eye, Missouri and also was active in various other churches.
He was known as a man of prayer and his anointed gospel singing. He produced a CD of his singing fairly recently.
He loved to preach and minister and even in his last year of life at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in St. James, Missouri, he was always looking for a way to reach someone for Jesus. He would often sing to the residents and minister to them.
When the coronavirus forced the lockdown of the Veterans Home, no ministers were allowed to come into the VA facility in St. James. He was asked to hold services for the residents. At age 94 he enjoyed ministering the Word of God. Just recently he was thrilled to lead another soul to Christ.
He was preceded in death by wives, Dorthy Wike and Lily Dunets; and daughter, Faith Ann Stewart.
He is survived by his wife, Rev. Edythe Stewart of the Southern Missouri District; grandson, Cory and wife Beth Stewart; great granddaughter, Gabrielle Stewart; step children, Bill and Barb Craft, Deborah and Steve Bullock, the Southern Missouri District Missionaries to Germany Rev. Richard and Deborah (Thrasher) Crabb; other relatives and friends.
Due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, the funeral was a private small graveside service at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri.