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December 10, 1943 - July 25, 2019

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Faith Temple Church of God, 402 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Bishop Dr. T.D. Lockett, pastor. A time of visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service, beginning at 12 o’clock noon. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund.

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Mr. Walter Stewart, Jr., affectionately known as Sonny, departed this life peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family members on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Borgess Hospital after a short illness. His sky-blue eyes shined brightly until the end. He was born December 10, 1943, in Greenwood, MS, the son of the late Walter Stewart, Sr. and Aleatha Mae Stewart-Smith and Jake Smith, Sr.. He was raised by his beloved uncle, Elige and aunt, Ora Triplett; along with his grandmother, Jannie Triplett in Sidon, MS. For over 55 years, he was an avid master mechanic and small used car dealership owner. Sonny had a passion and true gift as a mechanic and loved to repair people’s automobiles, starting from a young age. He felt fixing automobiles was a gift to him from God that he wanted to share with others. Sonny was a member for many years with the International Masons. He leaves to mourn his passing, his devoted and loving wife, Wilma Stewart of 53 years; his son, Vernard Hurt, step-son, Bruce Lockett and daughter, Bettye Jean Stewart-Payne; along with his beloved grandson, Raymond Payne Jr.; adopted son, Rasaun Cunningham; Godsons, Chris Scott and Rick Prather; Goddaughters, Ranee Cunningham and Barbara Scott; siblings, Janie Reed, Eva (Jim) Brown, Jake (Mary) Smith, Joanne Smith-Gardner, Jerri Robinson, and Jimmy Smith; in-laws, Leonard (Mary) Lockett, Floyd (Lois) Brashers, Stratmon (Claudia) Jones and Patricia (Morris) Agee; special cousins, Bishop Dr. Tommie D., Sr. and Quella Lockett, Henry Cobbins, Howard and Robyn Robinson, Tommie “Champ” Lockett, Jr. and Cynthia Butler; as well as special nieces, Debra Brown-Moore, Christine Dixon and Valerie Macon; special friends, Guy Ray, Fred Jones, Dewayne Davis, Stacy Peake and Walter Payne III and a host of loving relatives, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”