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David Loy Stewart, Sr.

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“I just found out,( August)YOU all have my condolences❤ ”
1 of 34 | Posted by: LINDA WRIGHT BACOTE - SC

“I remember Loy so fondly from high school. Our desk were adjacent. We both received Milliken Scholarships to attend college. I graduated from...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: Carolyn Brock Fleming - Lexington, SC

“Gregg, We were so sorry to hear about Loy. May the Lord comfort you and your family in this very difficult time. Psalm 116:15 " Precious in the...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: St.Clair Michel - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Marty and I are so very sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 34 | Posted by: Linda Cann - Abbeville, SC

“We were so sorry to hear of the death of Loy Stewart. May the Lord comfort you in your time of sorrow. Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: St.Clair Michel - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Dear Loy, Jason, and Jonathan: I was so sorry to read of your dad's passing in the Post Courier today! I remember him, your mom, and all three of...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Mary Jordan - Hilton Head Island, SC

“In life I loved you dearly, In death I love still, You left a place within our hearts no one else could ever fill. ”
7 of 34 | Posted by: Laurence Martin - Summerville, SC

“I was saddened to see the notice of Mr. Stewart's passing. I admired him so much for his courage, for his will to live-- and to live well-- and for...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Cheryl (Sargeant) Wood - SC

“The Stewart family You have my deepest condolences Darnell Roach Sr. ”
9 of 34 | Posted by: Darnell Roach Sr

“We were sorry to hear about Loy's death. We have never known anyone who was so willing to help other people with his devastating disease. Our...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Col. and Mrs. William McKay - SC

ALS Support Group touring Detyens Ship Yard, April 2018 “Loy was one of my inspirations that helped me accept and live a full life with ALS. I went to my first ALS support group meeting as a newly...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Ronald Faretra Faretra - SC

“Mr. Loy Stewart was my boss, friend, a mentor to many others like me, and a wonderful human being. He is the reason I came over to Detyens and stayed...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Kottayil Kutty - North Charleston, SC

“Heaven has gained an angel and earth has lost a man who sincerely cared about his family and communities...It is always a privilege to share a...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Lucile Beckwith - Columbia, SC

“My heart aches for the family and yet is filled with joy for the gift of Loy's life and love. He will continue to inspire me to be better and do more. ”
14 of 34 | Posted by: Colin Fraser - East hampton, NY

“I had the privilege of serving as Loy's pastor for a short while more than thirty years ago. From 19987 to 1990 I served alongside the people of...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Michael Catlett - McLean, VA

“Loy and Judy, both, were such a dear, dear part of my life. I will be forever grateful for their influence and their deep, deep love for Christ. ...Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Cyndi Weaver - Friend

“I can't even begin to say how much knowing Mr. Stewart meant to me. I ran into him at the Georgetown Boat Show last October and I saw this really...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: Debi Waszut - Johns Island, SC

“Loy's departure from this world leaves me with sense of gratefulness for having had the privilege of knowing him while God blessed us with his...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: Pam Zaresk - Kissimmee, FL

“God bless you. I loved you as a brother,a friend and a mentor. To my brother that I don't talk about, love you. ...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Harry Smalls - Brother

“Sympathy and Prayers to the family! Loy was a classmate from Abbeville High School Class of 65. Loy attended some of our class luncheons, and I'm...Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Dwayne Little - Hartwell, GA

“Loy was the first man I saw that could meet you, then two months later, call you by name.He was the first company president that told all his workers...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: John Cantrell - Goose Creek, SC

“So sorry for your loss lot,a better man never lived than your dad. ”
22 of 34 | Posted by: Billy Hoover sr - Hanahan, SC

“So sorry for your loss. Praying for God to comfort your Family with His Love and Peace. ”
23 of 34 | Posted by: thomas Funke - Friend

“oy was one of those exceptional people full of kindness, creativity, passion for others and ideas, an amazing friend and father. All you could want...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Ann Ailstock - Friend

“Sherri and I came to know Loy in 1978 when he served as chairman of the pastor selection committee for Sullivans Island Baptist Church. We came to...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Gene Daggerhart - Friend

“Loy, so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your brothers in my mind and heart. ”
26 of 34 | Posted by: Molly Antine-Allison - SC

“Remember playing golf at Dunes West in the golf league with Jonathan and Loy. Great man. ”
27 of 34 | Posted by: Frank Dorsey - Charleston, SC

“What a gracious individual who adored his wife and boys. I am thinking of the old East Cooper days and the pleasure it was to be in his presence and...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: Denise Bradsher - Friend

“Loyd was truly a man among men! We will miss him and our matching ALS bird tattoo. ”
29 of 34 | Posted by: Bubba and Diane Wilson - SC

“So sorry lost he was an awesome person ”
30 of 34 | Posted by: Debra Lockwood - Huger, SC

“Of all the jobs that I have had in my fifty years of working,Mr Stewart was the very best man I ever worked for. I have the utmost respect for him...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: Terry Easterling - SC - Friend

“It was an honor to know mr. Stewart the sweetest man I have ever known a heart of gold he will surely be missed and I know I want some what's the...Read More »
32 of 34 | Posted by: Sherry Robinson - Charleston, SC

“Gregg & Family, sorry for your loss. I have so many great memories of our growing up on McGowan Ave. Loy was a great playmate and friend. May God...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Andy Norris - Danville, VA

“Mr Stewart was a great man and I was privileged to know him . May God bless his family in these difficult times. ”
34 of 34 | Posted by: Bill King - Rock Hill, SC


David Loy Stewart Sr, 72, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of the late Judy Ann Detyens Stewart entered into eternal rest Tuesday, June 30, 2020. A private graveside service will be held in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Loy was born September 15, 1947 in Abbeville, South Carolina, son of the late John David Stewart and the late Ruby Gillespie Stewart. He graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and although prone to sea sickness enlisted in the United States Navy shortly after graduating college. Loy was the Chairman of the Board for Detyens Shipyards, Inc. in North Charleston. He was a member of East Cooper Baptist Church.

Loy was fond of saying "There are three ways to get ahead in life: 1. Right place at the right time 2. Know the right person or 3. Marry the boss's daughter", He chose #3. In 1973 Loy went to work for his father-in law at Detyens Shipyards as a Machinist helper. By 1982 he had risen to the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the shipyard. In 1990, he bought the shipyard from his partner and began driving the Shipyard to success, moving its location in 1995 to the Charleston Naval Shipyard and turning a small family owned business into one of the premier ship repair facilities on the East Coast.

One of his treasured legacies was the opening of the Detyens Medical Center to serve the health care needs of his employees and his constant support of the Harvest Free Medical Clinic to serve the health care needs of those in the community.

Loy was an avid golfer and fan who had a passion for collecting unique and original clubs. His office at the Shipyard is a museum full of eclectic finds and he loved to show off his treasures to everyone who came to visit him. The many who were fortunate to meet with him always left his office with a "pickle" and a copy of his "bestselling" short story "What Men Know About Women". Those who have the book please pass it on and let them know the man you met.

Diagnosed with ALS in the early 2000's he never missed going to the office and mentoring or helping those in need of advice. He touched countless lives and businesses. When he turned 50, he decided to help 10 people, either with money, guidance, or both. By the age of 60, that 10 had become over 60 and to this day the people he touched is immeasurable. After his diagnosis Loy set out on a personal battle to beat ALS and to find a cure. Loy helped to develop the South Carolina ALS Foundation and in 2017 The Loy Stewart Foundation for ALS Research donated $2million to the Roper St. Francis Foundation to establish a research center dedicated to studying and finding a cure for ALS. Roper St. Francis established The Loy Stewart and George C. Wendt Institute for ALS Research and continues to research and find ways to alleviate symptoms and find a cure for ALS.

He is survived by stepmother, Helen J. Stewart; three sons, David Loy Stewart, Jr. (Sharon), William Jason Stewart (Michelle) and Jonathan Gregg Stewart (Kristin), all of Mt. Pleasant, SC; brother, John Gregg Stewart of Mt. Pleasant and seven grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Loy Stewart and George C. Wendt Institute for ALS Research. https://www.rsfhfoundation.org/donate-now/als-research.