Paul T. Stewart, age 100, of Charleston, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Hubbard Hospice House, surrounded by his family.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Jean McDaniel Stewart; son, Roger Stewart; siblings, Mildred Hoskins, Grant Stewart, Carl Stewart and Hazel Varner.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; daughters, Donna Mullins and husband Fred of Charleston, W.Va, Elaine Midkiff of Columbia, S.C., and Janet Smith and husband Dan of Charlottesville, Va.; siblings, Earl Stewart of Martinsburg, W.Va., Rose Huggins of Uniontown, Pa, and Pauline Gaskill of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren, Roger Stewart, II of Hurricane, W.Va., Rodney Stewart and Cherin Stewart, both of Fairmont, W.Va, Julie England of Morgantown, W.Va., Anna Summers and William Mullins, both of Belle, W.Va, Donovan Stewart of Tornado, W.Va, Alex Mullins of Charleston, W.Va, Colin Lyman of Columbia, S.C., Tara Hildt of Amesbury, Mass., Taylor Smith of Lagos, Nigeria, Adam Smith of Dallas, Tex., and 23 Great Grandchildren.
Paul began his career in the school transportation industry as a substitute school bus driver while tending to his dairy farm on Goshen Road in Morgantown, W.Va. He soon became Monongalia County Director of School Transportation for many years before accepting a leadership position with the National Safety Council in Chicago, Illinois in the mid-1960's. In 1973, Paul returned to West Virginia as the Director of Kanawha County Pupil Transporation. In 1976 he was appointed as the Assistant director for Pupil Transportation at the West Virginia State Department of Education, becoming the WV State Director in 1979 and serving in that role until his retirement in 1987. In this capacity, Paul developed local, state and regional innovative driving training programs and school bus inspection programs that have become models for many systems used throughout the country.
He was a past president and founding member (1968) of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transporation Services (NASDPTS). He was also a past president and founding member (1974) of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT). In 1987, Paul was the first ever inductee into the NAPT Hall of Fame. Paul remained involved in these national associations subsequent to his retirement. He was recently an honored guest this past fall at the combined annual conference for both of these associations in Kansas City, Mo., shortly after his 100th birthday. Additionally, and most importantly, Paul was an elder in the Church of Christ for many years. He often preached the gospel at his home Church of Christ congregation and at many Church of Christ congregations across the country during his frequent travels for the majority of his adult life.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, December 21, at Fred L. Jenkins Funeral home, in Morgantown, W.Va. Burial will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, in Morgantown. Visitations will be from 4 to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, December 19 at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, in Charleston, 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, December 20 at Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Friday.
The family accept online condolences at: cpjfuneralhome.com.
Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home and Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home is serving the Stewart Family.