"Skinny Stewart was an All-State running back from Wilson in 1944. He went to Southeastern where he was All-Conference 3 years. He then joined the Army and after getting out, was drafted by the Redskins then played in the CFL for Saskatchescan Rough-Riders. Car wreck paralyzed him."
WILSON -- Services for Arthur O. "Skinny" Stewart, 71, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 1998, at the Wilson Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Jim Gillum and Gary Labeth officiating. Interment will follow at Hewitt Cemetery.
Born Nov. 16, 1926, at Wilson, Okla., to Ollie M. and Callie Mae Shaw Stewart, he passed away July 16, 1998 at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Ardmore.
Raised at Wilson, he received the Jim Thorpe Award before he graduated from Wilson High School in 1945. He graduated from Southeastern State College with his degree in education and physical education. While in college he was active in basketball, baseball and track, and was named All American football player. He later received his master's degree in counseling.
The Army veteran of World War II played professional football for the Washington Red Skins and was also in the Canadian League.
He was inducted into the Southeastern Hall of Fame and Coaches Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
Skinny worked for the Tom Tipps Insurance Agency, was employed by the Carter County Sheriff's Department 12 years, then taught and coached football at Wilson schools before his retirement in 1996.
He is survived by a brother, Billy Ray Stewart of Sweetwater, Texas; a sister, Frances Phillips of Wilson; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Lea "Betsy" Stewart on Oct. 26, 1968; his mother, Callie Mae Stewart, Jan. 30, 1971; father, Ollie M. Stewart, Feb. 22, 1973; two sisters, Esteen Stewart Sales, June 12, 1938, and Virginia Stewart, March 3, 1921; and two brothers, Forrest Stewart in 1960, and Ollie Stewart Jr., Nov. 16, 1993.
Alexander Funeral Home will direct services.
Pallbearers will be Michael Paul O'Daniel, Sammy Goff, Mike Hyder, Butch Adams, Brad Sullivan and Ronald Giles.
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