Thomas Melville Stewart obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Thomas Melville Stewart

November 18, 1915 - January 21, 2011

Obituary


Thomas Melville Stewart, 95, of Amherst, VA, died January 21, 2011. He was the son of Senator Arthur Thomas "Tom" and Helen Turner Stewart of Tennessee. He was born November 18, 1915, in Jasper, TN, and was the eldest of five children. He attended Sewanee Military Academy as a junior and graduated in 1934 from Central High School in Winchester, TN. After attending the University of the South for 3 years, he completed his L.L. B. at Cumberland Law School, Lebanon, TN.
He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1941, serving as an...

Thomas Melville Stewart, 95, of Amherst, VA, died January 21, 2011. He was the son of Senator Arthur Thomas "Tom" and Helen Turner Stewart of Tennessee. He was born November 18, 1915, in Jasper, TN, and was the eldest of five children. He attended Sewanee Military Academy as a junior and graduated in 1934 from Central High School in Winchester, TN. After attending the University of the South for 3 years, he completed his L.L. B. at Cumberland Law School, Lebanon, TN.
He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1941, serving as an intelligence officer in the Second Cavalry. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his action in the rescue of the famed Lipizzaner horses of the Spanish Riding School and the resultant liberation of Allied POW. In 2001, he was granted the National Gold Award by Austria for his accomplishments in saving the Lipizzaner horses.
After his discharge from the army as a captain, he returned to civilian life in Aiken, South Carolina, where he worked as an investigator for E. I. Dupont at the Savannah River Plant. While there, he met and married a young widow from Georgia, Anne Evans Scott. They established their home in Tennessee where he was employed for 33 years by the state. He served 15 years as Director of Motor Vehicles and concluded his career as an administrative law judge in the Department of Revenue.
During retirement years, he pursued a vigorous life of the mind with study of the Word of God, history, and political affairs. He will be remembered for his love of books and family, devotion to his wife, and storytelling. Relationship with the church family was also a central part of the Stewart home; he was an inspiring Sunday School teacher to the very young while in his eighties and continued to enjoy lively debate with friends.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Paul Turner Stewart, Chancellor Lawrence Fricks Stewart, and his sister, Mary Helen Coffey. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anne Evans Scott Stewart of Amherst;one sister, Betty Ann Dunn of Arlington, VA; one 108-year-old aunt, Dorothy Stewart Krotzer of Winchester, TN; three children , Preston Jerome Scott (Barbara) of Springfield, GA; Helen Alicia Stewart Raleigh (Harry) of Cincinnati, OH; and Martha Stewart Ratliff (Clark) of Amherst, VA. In addition, he is survived by six grandchildren, Alicia Brinson, Lori Hood, Catherine Ratliff, Harry Lee Raleigh, III, Margaret Anne Raleigh, and Thomas Stewart Raleigh; five great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
A memorial service will be held at Amelon United Methodist Church in Madison Heights, VA, at 3 p.m. EDT on January 30, 2011, with the Rev. Dr. Paulo C. Da Silva officiating. Burial will follow on January 31, 2011, at 2 p. m. at Culpeper National Cemetery in Culpeper, VA.
Memorials may be made to Amelon United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Whitten Funeral Homes (434) 929-5712.