Pastor Lorece Ryan Stewart, 79, of Marvell, entered into eternal peace on Dec. 23, 2012. She was born Feb. 17, 1933, the fifth child of the union of Ernst Bruce Ryan and Annie Bell Laura (Loving) Ryan of Marvell.
She confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined the Ward Chapel A.M.E. Methodist church at Turner. On March 27, 1953, Lorece married Troy Lindbirth Stewart, and to this union six children were born.
Her young family moved to a community near the Cross Roads in Monroe County where she and her children regularly attended St. John Baptist Church. She and her four sisters were also known as a popular gospel-singing group. In 1960, she received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and joined St. Paul C.O.G.I.C. at Marvell, where she, her husband, and children became dedicated members.
Lorece loved meeting and being with people and was an enterprising person. Buying and selling antiques and new and used goods gave her lots of enjoyment and provided an avenue to minister to everyone she met.
Sister Stewart became an ordained and licensed minister and in 1975, she became the pastor of the St. Paul C.O.G.I.C. at Marvell and renamed the church St. Paul Church of Holiness. She remained the pastor until a stroke incapacitated her in 2002 while caring for her sick son. Elder Lorece Stewart's supportive and loving husband made it possible and pleasurable for her to minister for God. Her teachings left many people inspired.
Preceding her in death were two sons, Alvin and Benjamin Stewart, a daughter, Camelia Ann (Stewart) Franks, two brothers, three sisters and her parents.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted husband, Troy L. Stewart of Marvell; three daughters, Mary Stewart of Milwaukee, Velisha (Stewart) Ewing of Houston, Texas and Troyniticia Stewart of Marvell; a sister, Ella (Ryan) Montgomery of Jacksonville; 12 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a host of loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and many souls won for Christ.
Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kincaid Funeral Services. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at St. Matthew in Marvell. Burial will follow in Mt. Mariah Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Kincaid Funeral Services. You may sign the guest book online at www.kincaidfuneralservices.com.