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Joseph Nathaniel Stewart, 71, died June 17, 2017, and was born Feb. 8, 1946, in Terre Haute, to Helen (Stewart) Hill and Paul Rapier, and was raised by Helen and stepfather William (Bill) Hill. He was the first born of 24 children. He also had three step-siblings. Joe, as he let us know... is "Helen's # 1 son," and was also affectionately known to many as "Do Do."
He was a veteran of U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Rapier; his stepfather, William (Bill) Hill; stepsister, M. Wilhelmeana Aaron; stepbrother, Kenneth Hill; his special aunt Helen Jo; and many other loving aunts, uncles and relatives.
Joe leaves to cherish his memories his dear mother, Helen Hill; sons, Troy Scott (Vicky), Tracy Stewart, and Joseph Kennedy; daughter, Jody Rudolph and Tamara Allen Hollowell (Tracy); brothers, Wm. Virgil Hill (Flossie), James Stewart (Darlene), Jefferey Hill (Mary), Alan Hill (Jennett), Raymond Hill (LaVerne), Darrell Rapier, Mark Rapier, Ricky Joe Rapier, Thomas Rapier, Ronald Rapier, Paul Rapier Jr. and Daniel Lewis; sisters, Deborah Clayton (Larry), Helena (Niecy) Hill, Myra (Kaye) Hoye (Tyrone), Holly Hill-Brooks (Bill), Fran Hill-Hatfield (Paul), E. LaReda French (Shawn), Teresa Hill, Sheree Tompkins (Benjamin), Donna Bryant (Stanley), Pamella Jefferson, Cathy Rapier and Rosemary Rapier; grandchildren, Troy Scott Jr., Troi Miller, Christian Taybron, Jordan Taybron, Kayvon Sanders, Kanaya Stephens, Tyreese Stewart, Ryant Dickerson, Justin Rudolph, Jason Clark, Joseph Kennedy, George Kennedy and Andre Bond; great-grandchildren, Tyreese Jr., Camille, Mariah, Victoria, Ezekiel, Chase, Justin and Trae; and a host of nephews and nieces.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Saints Home Church of God in Christ, Terre Haute. Interment is in Stewart Lawn Cemetery. Calling will be 1 to 4 p.m. today, June 23, 2017, at New Covenant Christian Life Center, 4201 W. 30th Street, Indianapolis. Russell Funeral Home assisted.
Published on June 22, 2017
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