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Derrell M Stewart

October 6, 1934 February 25, 2020
Derrell M Stewart
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Derrell Stewart Passes Away
(Feb. 25, 2020)-Derrell Stewart, the beloved pianist for The Florida Boys, passed away on Feb. 25, 2020, at the age of 85.
Born Oct. 6, 1934 in Brunswick, Georgia, Mr. Stewart began to play piano at the age of 5. Later, he would take piano lessons from fellow Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, James D. Walbert, who helped to shape the distinctive style Mr. Stewart would soon display with The Dixie Rhythm Quartet.
Mr. Stewart was 18 years old when he began playing for The Dixie Rhythm Quartet, and it was while he was a member of that group that he began wearing his trademark red socks. In addition to the red socks, Mr. Stewart would also wear red suspenders and a red tie.
In 1956, the owner of The Florida Boys, J.G. Whitfield, asked Mr. Stewart to consider joining his group. Though Mr. Stewart would discontinue wearing the red suspenders and red tie, the red socks would be a familiar sight at Florida Boys concerts until the group retired in 2007.
Mr. Stewart won the very first Singing News Fan Favorite Musician Award (the award was labeled “Favorite Pianist” at the time) in 1970. Several other awards would follow during the next 37 years, including the 1999 induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as a member of The Florida Boys, and his personal induction in the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
Derrell is survived by his loving wife, Reve Vaughan Stewart; daughter, Tami Croft; son, Chad Kinslow; grandchildren, Kasi Calvin, Tyler Croft, John Croft, Kendal Croft, Uriah Kinslow, and Naomi Kinslow; great-grandson, Kash Calvin; sister-in-laws, Elsie (Garnett) Russell and Willodean Ray; several nieces and nephews; and a special lifetime friend that was like a brother to him, Glen Allred.
Derrell was preceded in death by his parents, Lum and Mary Stewart; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Keith Calvin; and mother and father-in-law, Jesse and Settie Vaughan.
Services will be officiated by Reverend Carl Shiver, Reverend Dan Busey, Reverend Malcom Thomas, and Reverend Jim Diamond, who were all dear friends to Derrell.
Funeral services for Mr. Stewart will take place on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Calvary Way Full Gospel Church, 100 Jones Street, Pensacola, FL 32534. Visitation will take place from 9:00 am-11:00 am, followed by a service from 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Interment will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens.

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Visitation

Monday

2

Mar

9:00 AM 3/2/2020 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/2/2020 11:00:00 AM
Calvary Way Full Gospel Church

100 Jones Street
Pensacola, FL 32534

Calvary Way Full Gospel Church
100 Jones Street Pensacola 32534 FL
United States

Service

Monday

2

Mar

11:00 AM 3/2/2020 11:00:00 AM
Calvary Way Full Gospel Church

100 Jones Street
Pensacola, FL 32534

Calvary Way Full Gospel Church
100 Jones Street Pensacola 32534 FL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Pensacola Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

7433 Pine Forest Rd
Pensacola, FL 32526

7433 Pine Forest Rd Pensacola 32526 FL
United States
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