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Memorial created 07-26-2014 by
Dr. Dawnita Blackmon-Mosely
Virgie L. Stewart
August 19 1924 - July 4 2012

The Life, Love and Legacy of Virgie Lee Stewart


This online memorial was created in loving memory of Virgie L. Stewart, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Virgie's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will love and remember Virgie forever.


The Death Angel came for Virgie Lee Stewart (Fox) born August 19, 1924 in Deeson, MS to Walter Stewart and Leola Robinson ( both deceased) on July 4, 2012, at approximately 3am and carried her off to her heavenly mansion.

Virgie is one of 13 children Milton, John Henry, Leroy, Frank, Luvenia, Alberta, Virgie, and Walter. Her other five siblings were returned to Christ in their early childhood.

Virgie was united in holy matrimony to Harrison Fox, of Chicago Illinois in 1946. To this union there were three magnificent, joyful and dynamic children:

Marguerite Smith

Dorothy Ross

Joyce Blackmon


Under the power of the Holy Ghost, Virgie was guided for decades to the Lord. Keel Baptist Church under Rev. Purdy Moody, Memphis, TN is where she directed her children weekly.

Her dedication to church was paralleled by her respect for family and members of Central Baptist Church who are left to cherish her memories.

Virgie accepted Christ as her personal Savior during her childhood. She united in 1951 with Middle Baptist Church of Memphis, TN under the leadership of Benjamin Hooks, late President of NAACP in 1951.

After moving to California, Virgie went with no detours to Central Baptist Church and with Christ in her heart and Bible in hand, she never lost sight of God’s perfect plan for her life and the lives of her family.

Virgie received her education vicariously through her offspring- each and everyone has college degrees and certificates and 97.2% hold multiple degrees from an Associates of Arts to a Doctorate. Virgie’s assistance with each degree/certificate will forever be in the hearts of her offspring.

After two retirements: Memphis City Schools and California State University at Long Beach, Virgie spent time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Virgie’s memory will always be cherished by her immediate family and friends and she will surely be missed by many others.

Into her life, into her heart; Mother, Dea, Madea, Granny accepted Christ and visibly displayed acceptance through a multitude of avenues: two choirs, Sunday School, Wednesday Night Bible Study, Women of Mission (WOM), Convalescent Ministry, Vacation Bible School, and many others. Virgie dedicated her life to the Lord and her special seat at Central Baptist Church was the first seat-row 3 on the West side of the church.

Virgie’s memory will always be cherished by her immediate family and friends and she will surely be missed by many others.


When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see,

If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say. I know how much you care for me, and how much I care for you, and each time that you think of me I know you’ll miss me too;

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, 

That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, and said my place was ready in heaven far above, and that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,

For all life, I’d always thought I didn’t want to die. I had so much to live for and so much yet to do. it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while,

I’d say goodbye and hug you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realised that this could never be, for emptiness and memories would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things that I’d miss come tomorrow. I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through Heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home.

When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne, He said, "This is eternity and all I’ve promised you, Today your life on earth is past but here it’s starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last. and since each day’s the same, there’s no longing for the past.

But you have been so faithful, so trusting, so true.

Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do. And you have been forgiven and now at last you’re free. So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?"

So when tomorrow starts without me,

Don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, please know I’m  right here, In Your Heart. 



Highlight hyperlink- Right Click hyperlink and select "go to Youtube video" to view video created by James and Dominique McKinley, July 16, 2012.


Father, Into Your Hand We Commend to You- Virgie Lee Stewart

              Mother, Mother- in-Law

                Grandmother, Great-Grandmother

                    Sister, Aunt

                      A Child of God

A Beloved Sister and Fellow Laborer in Christ- Sister Virgie Lee Stewart

                                 Author: Chester Ross

See her Hands, Father:

            She has the hands of a strong and determined Black Women:

For they are hard and worn by the life she lived and the difficult jobs she labored on in order to care and to feed herself and her daughters

 See her Heart, Father:

            She has the heart of a strong and determined Black Women:

For her heart is tender because it has been hurt and bruised over and over again by others that came into her life and departed and the many trials that came into her life and stayed.

See her Face, Father:

             She has the face of a strong and determined Black Women:

For her face shows that life has taught her some bitter lessons on being Black, Being a Woman, being a single parent, being poor and being alone.

See her Back, Father:

              She has the back of a strong and determined Black Women:

For her back is bent because it was only meant to carry her own burdens, but it has been used to carry the burdens of raising her lovely and gifted daughters all alone.

See her Feet, Father:

              She has the feet of a strong and determined Black Women:

For her feet are rough, for regardless of the things that were going on in her life, she Was always in church, her feet were always on the move, following Jesus.

See her Eyes, Father:

             She has the eyes of a strong and determined Black Women:

For no one knows the trouble she has seen, neither have we heard, nor has it entered our hearts.

See her Legacy, Father:

             She has the legacy of a strong and determined Black Women:

For her legacy shows her rich heritage, that of a potentially successful family anchored in the Word and true believers of the Lord.

“Father, Into Your Hand We Commend to You- Virgie Lee Stewart”





Chester Ross

July, 2012


We thank you for the life and the time you have given our beloved mother, for she received from your hand three score and ten and much more.

We thank you for allowing her to see with her own eyes, the fruit of her labor: her children, her grandchildren’s children, and the third generation; the children of the children.

We prayed that while she slept, that her journey to you would be peaceful as one who sleeps in the arms of Jesus, and you heard our prayers.

So now, we pray for ourselves, that when our departure comes, that our journey to you would be, just as peaceful as sleep.

Thank you, Father for giving us mother. She was a fountain that you used to pour out your blessings upon us.

Mother has finished her mission and has returned to you, leaving us behind with a solid foundation to build upon.

Thank you, My Father. My God


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