June 16, 1939 - Feb. 27, 2013
Crothersville — James R. “Jim” Stewart, 73, passed away in his home Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.
Jim was born in Crothersville on June 16, 1939, to Orris and Mae (Lowery) Stewart. They preceded him in death.
Jim was a 1957 graduate of Crothersville High School, a 1963 graduate of Franklin College and a 1970 graduate of Ball State, achieving his master’s degree in education.
On June 17, 1962, Jim married Shirley McCalla. She survives in Crothersville.
Jim was a retired high school principal and basketball coach. Jim was a member of First Baptist Church of Crothersville, Retired Teachers Association of Jackson County and a former board member of the Jackson County Red Cross.
Jim loved life, his family and spending time in Florida with his wife, Shirley. He enjoyed coaching, bowling, boating, water skiing, playing cards, going to dirt car races, drinking coffee with his friends and watching “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.”
Jim started teaching in 1963 and taught through 1986. He was vice principal for five years and served 13 years as principal and 43 years combined as a basketball coach. Jim was a teacher/coach at the following schools: Whitestown High School, Windfall High School, Jimtown High School in Elkhart, Corydon High School (serving also as the athletic director), Clinton Central High School, Hauser High School, Rosedale High School (serving as athletic director, coach and teacher), Cloverdale as vice principal (serving as athletic director and coach), Monroe Central High School (serving as vice principal and coach), Tri West High School (serving as vice principal and athletic director) and Medora High School (serving as principal and coach). Jim was the basketball coach from 2003 to 2009 at Crothersville and was the current bowling coach at Crothersville.
Jim is survived by his only son, Jeffery (Theresa) Stewart of Crothersville; and his three granddaughters, Shelby (Tyler) Lemen of Indianapolis and McKenzie and Sydney Stewart, both of Crothersville.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Adams Funeral Home & Crematory and from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Crothersville. David Schill and Jon Pearce will officiate. Burial will follow in Crothersville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given in memory of Jim to Crothersville Cemetery or the Crothersville bowling team, c/o Adams Funeral Home & Crematory, 110 E. Howard St., Crothersville, IN 47229. Online condolences and a video tribute may be viewed at www.AdamsFuneralHomeonline.com.