Rev. Perry Stewart

Reverend Perry Lee Stewart, 92, was embraced by the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 2, 2018.

He was born on September 2, 1925, in Newport, OH, a son of the late Perry and Julia Ann (Stewart) Stewart. He grew up on Grape Island till the March flood of 1936 forced them to move, eventually moving to St. Marys, WV.

Perry was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served in the South Pacific on Pavuvu Island during World War II. After his military service, he came home and was in the carpenter’s union for over 10 years.

He was called to minister to the lost in 1956, and became a full-time ordained minister in the Methodist Church.

He served many churches over the years in Marshall, Brooke, Doddridge, and Wood counties.

After 34 years of bringing souls to God, he retired in 1990 and served as associate pastor at Christ United Methodist Church, where he remained active and taught Sunday School for many years. As a hobby, he loved to work on watches and clocks and his home is full of his work, of which he was very proud.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Doris Ruth, who passed away November 2, 2010; a granddaughter, Billie Jo Stewart-Buckley; and 12 brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his four children, Danny Ray Stewart (Sharon), Gerald Lee Stewart (Sharon), Sandra Sue Wilson (James), and Christine Marie Polan.

Even in death, he was a generous and caring person, having willed his body to the West Virginia University Medical School.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, 2 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 715 16th Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101, with Revs. Joe Hill and Jonathan Nettles officiating. Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg is assisting the family with arrangements.

The family would like to thank Greg Holden, Teresa Hill, Amanda Anderson, Jennifer Gibson, and Michelle Turner for the care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, he requested that donations be made to Food Pantry at Christ United Methodist Church.

He will forever be remembered as a nice man.