Stewart R. McChesney, 81, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
He was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., and moved to Casper, Wyo., where he met his wife of 58 years, Dorothy. In his early years, he was an avid snow skier and tried out for the U.S. Olympics. After breaking both legs during training for the ski jumping event, he took up golf as physical therapy and fell in love with the game.
After being raised in the Catholic church, he later converted to the Baptist faith through the influence of his mother and surrendered to preach in 1965. During that time, he pastored many churches in Texas and Colorado, touching many, many lives.
He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Howard Payne University on a full golf scholarship and his master of divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary in 1975. He retired from the ministry in 1985, at which time he founded Titus Stewardship Ministries to teach and preach stewardship. He led and was part of many mission trips that included Sweden, Africa, Korea and France.
He was also a pilot, like his dad before him. He met many influential friends along the way that included Bob Hope, Jimmy Carter, Gary Player and Bob Lilly.
He now walks hand in hand on the streets of gold with his wife, Dorothy, who passed in 2013.
He leaves behind a son, Reid McChesney (Brenda) of Fortson, Ga.; a daughter, Beth McChesney Baltimore (Curtis) of Birchwood; a brother, Don C. McChesney (Shelley) of Youngsville, N.C.; and six grandchildren: Luke McChesney (Becky) of Ft. Collins, Colo., Aaron McChesney of Fortson, Ga., Danielle McChesney (Pat) of Champaign, Ill., Matthew Baltimore (Jade) of Chattanooga, Grant McChesney (Becca) of Columbus, Ga., and Kyle Baltimore of Tacoma, Wash.; and 10 beautiful great-grandchildren: Eve, Jade, Grayson, Cloud, Willow, Norah, Harvey, Wilson, Sage and Ella.
A celebration will take place on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Companion Funeral Home, 2415 Georgetown Road, Cleveland.
The family will receive friends at 10 a.m., with the service to follow at 11 a.m.
Flowers are welcome, as well as donations in Stewart’s memory to the Alzheimer Association of Chattanooga.
The family would also like to thank the staff at Bradley Healthcare and Rehab Center for the love and care provided to Stewart during his illness.
You are invited to share your memories of Stewart and condolences to his family in his online guestbook at www.companionsfunerals.com.
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