World War II Vet, Fisherman, and ORNL Retiree
Dock Aldridge Stewart Sr., 92, fisherman for life, departed this life on Sept. 5, 2013, surrounded by his family at home. He was born on Oct. 26, 1920, to the late Wesley and Amanda Stewart, in Baldwyn, Miss. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ocie Lee Stewart; elder son, Dock Stewart Jr.; sisters, Margaret Richardson and Desmond Stewart; and brother, Anderson Stewart.
Mr. Stewart (known as “Dock”) came to Oak Ridge in the early 1940s and lived in the hutments. He retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he worked in the plant and equipment division for 36 years. He drove trucks in the Army and was a World War II veteran. Dock spoke enthusiastically of traveling abroad to Scotland, England (where he met and traveled with Joe Louis), Belgium, France, Germany, and Australia. An excellent soldier, he was the recipient of the American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asian Theater of Operations Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Award. Dock’s loving devotion to his family and friends was steadfast, and his faith and trust allowed him to live life to the fullest. Recent health issues increasingly limited his life but not his spirit and good humor. He was an excellent example of compassion, patience, and commitment. He will be missed very much by his family, the Scarboro Community, and those who knew him. “Dock was a Hero.” [Read more…]