In Memory of Raymond Stewart, 1935-2023
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. When other helpers fail and comforts flee, help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Mr. Raymond Stewart was born on September 28, 1935 to Horace Stewart Jr., and Louise Spears. He was the oldest of five (5) brothers: Herman, Woodrow W. Sr., Roosevelt Stewart and Joseph Washington.
Raymond was a proud 1959 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School where he studied Culinary Arts, and after graduation he worked at several hotels, mainly at the Marriot and Sheraton Hotels.
Raymond married the Love of his Life Ms. Joann Logwood and to that union two beautiful daughters were born Dana Ann Stewart and Fawn Marie "Tootie" Stewart, after the birth of his daughters Raymond worked at the Royal Sonesta and on October 31, 2000 after 30 years of employment he decided to retire and live a quiet, peaceful and comfortable life until his health started to decline.
On May 31, 2023 our Beloved Father and grandfather accepted the Will of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and became reunited with his wife, parents, daughter, sons and siblings.
Raymond is survived by his daughter Dana Ann Stewart, brother Herman Stewart, granddaughter April Stewart, great-grandchildren Kacie M. and Dillion S. Stewart and a host of other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his wife Mrs. Joann L. Stewart; parents Horace and Louise Stewart Jr., daughter Fawn Marie "Tootie" Stewart; sons Raymond Stewart Jr., and Joseph Lambert Sr., grandson Joseph Lambert Jr., and brothers Roosevelt and Woodrow W. Stewart Sr., and Joseph Washington.
Raymond "Perfecto" Stewart
If you did not know
Raymond Stewart was known as "Mr. Perfecto"
Buffets at the Royal Sonesto
Chef Stewart demanded zest-o
No entree, appetizer, or dessert was ever so-so
Chef assured they were all "oh-so"
Contractors tasked with work on Raymond's abodes knew the product had to be exacto
Or to New Orleans small claims court Lawyer Raymond was sure to go
When Raymond "Johnny Cochran" Stewart said the job did not fit, the judge would never acquit
The contractors could never quit - go and go until satisfying Mr. Perfecto
Same requirements for those who mowed
Even relatives had to carry the load
In his children Raymond imprinted the do it right, play by the rules, love the Lord, and never suffer fools
Life's most precious tools
Edwin Edwards was Raymond's political delight
Like Raymond, always nattily dressed, and of the prosecutors Edwards was making a mess
Raymond still chuckled even when Edwards finally went to jail
Free room and board while finding a youthful female, and publishing his own book, a life tale
On release, Edwin had big book sales, wedding bells, more politics as well, and a bouncing baby boy - still a virile male
And Raymond just chuckled while others said no
Raymond praised Edwin - he's perfecto - just the way I want to go
And so Raymond did, with Dana by his side answering his every beckoning call
If Dana failed to do it Raymond right - she knew she was in a dogfight with Mr. Perfecto
So Rayond is just the right person for the heaven above
St. Peter, we know you've accepted him with great love and are sure to gov with perfecto
For that is the way Raymond Stewart will serve - perfecto