Sep 252013

A.D. “Choke” Stuart, 84, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Holbrook LDS Stake Center.
Ardath was born March 7, 1929, to Edna DeSpain and Charles David Stuart in Concho. In his younger years he was raised on a ranch between Show Low and Concho. During the Depression, his family moved to Phoenix for a short time. He also lived in Joseph City.
He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and attained the rank of staff sergeant before leaving the service.
After returning home, he moved to Holbrook, where he met the love of his life, Lonnie Morris. The two married and started a family, which grew to include two sons, Doyce “D.V.” and John, and a daughter, Lonna. As a family they enjoyed fishing and camping, taking every spare moment to do so.
Despite having his eyes hurt, with the help of his wife, family and friends, they had a wholesale food business that supported them for many years. In his younger years he owned a gas station, sold scrap metal for recycling and worked at the Ford garage.
Choke took great joy and pride in helping to raise two of his grandchildren, Jonathan and Mackenzie Simpson, over the past nine years.
Survivors include his three children, Doyce Stuiart of Holbrook, John (Annie) Stuart of Gallup, N.M., and Lonna Simpson of Holbrook; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren with one on the way.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lonnie Rae Morris Stuart; a sister, Augusta Gillespie; and a brother, Virgil Stuart.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.Choke Stuart