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1944 Martin 2023

Martin Ray Stewart

August 12, 1944 — October 24, 2023

Martin Ray Stewart, known affectionately as Ray, passed away peacefully at home on October 24, 2023. Born on August 12, 1944, in St. Augustine, Florida, Ray lived a life marked by love, passion, and kindness.

Ray was a devoted family man, survived by his loving wife, Christel J. Stewart, and their three daughters, Kimberly (Billy) Rich, Shelia (Jeff) Ridge, and Kathy (Rodney Carnes) Hunter. He was a cherished grandfather to Cheyanne (Jonathan) Coyle, Shelby Rich, Paisley Rich, and Eil Johnson. Ray also leaves behind his parents Benny Stewart and Nellie Stewart, his brother, Richard (Linda) Stewart. He was predeceased by his brother, Benny Stewart, and his great-granddaughter, McKinley Coyle. Ray's legacy will continue to live on through his great-grandsons, Stetson Coyle and Koen Rich.

Ray's educational journey led him to serve his country in the National Guard, a commitment he held in high regard. His professional life was dedicated to the paper industry, where he worked diligently at Hudson Pulp and Papermill and later at Georgia Pacific. His colleagues remember him as a hardworking and dedicated individual who brought a sense of camaraderie to the workplace.

Beyond his professional life, Ray was a man of many interests. He found tranquility in fishing, often spending his weekends by the water with a fishing rod in hand. His love for word puzzles was well known among his family and friends, who often joined him in solving crossword puzzles and word searches. These hobbies were a testament to his patient and thoughtful nature.

Those who knew Ray would describe him as loving, passionate, and kind. His love was evident in the way he cared for his family, always putting their needs before his own. His passion was seen in his dedication to his work and his hobbies, always striving to learn and improve. His kindness was felt by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, always ready with a warm smile and a helping hand.

Ray's life was a testament to the power of love, passion, and kindness. His memory will forever be cherished by his family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His legacy will live on in the hearts of his loved ones, and his spirit will continue to inspire those who follow in his footsteps.

In the words of Ray's favorite author, "The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love." Ray Stewart was indeed a good man, and his acts of kindness and love will never be forgotten. His life was a beautiful testament to the power of love, passion, and kindness. He will be deeply missed.
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