OBITUARY: John Walker ‘J.W.’ Steward


John Walker Steward, lovingly known as J.W., Hobo, Nannanny, and Boynanny, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, September 13, 2023, at his residence in Santa Fe, Tennessee just three days shy of his 81st birthday.

A native of Maury County, J.W. was born on September 16, 1942, and was the beloved son of the late John Will Steward and the late Estelle Kelly Steward.

On March 19, 1965, he married Almajean Cothran, and together they shared over fifty-eight years of cherished memories. He was employed for many years as a construction worker and carpenter. J.W. led a simple life, exactly the way he wanted. He found joy in the little things, like exploring trade days, riding the back roads of Santa Fe, and carving wood in his backyard. Above all, he treasured the moments spent with friends and family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his loving children, Tina and the late Ernest Faulkner of Santa Fe, Clint and Kim Steward of Santa Fe, adored grandchildren, Kelly and Jo Lambert, Heather and Heath Shirey, Jordan and Caleb Briggs and Colton Steward, great-grandchildren, or as he fondly called them, “his favorite people on earth,” Easton Lambert and Parker Lambert, and his brother, Byron Steward.

Along with his parents, J.W. was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Ernest Wayne Faulkner, and his brother, Bill Steward.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 11:00 AM at Heritage Funeral Home, with Jason Beard officiating. Following the service, he will be laid to rest in Santa Fe Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Friday, September 15, 2023, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Lane Warf, Michael Warf, Byron White, Timmy White, Michael Dodson, and Royal Dickson. J.W.’s honorary pallbearers include Charles Steward, Andy Dial, Bobby Hargrove, Troy Littleton, and Pott’s Auction Trade Day Crew.


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