Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 11:00 AM, at STEWART & CALHOUN FUNERAL HOME, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307. Condolences may be sent to 2387 Audubon Rd., Akron, OH 44320.
Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 10:00 AM until time of service.
Anthony Warren Stewart was born at Howard University’s Freedmen’s Hospital on July 22, 1970; the first son to his parents, Meredith Watson (Stewart) Young (deceased 2003) and Anthony LeRoy Stewart. Anthony’s name is taken from his father, Anthony, and his middle name from his maternal grandfather, The Honorable J. Warren Watson. He was nicknamed “Peanuts,” a nickname that stayed with him for the rest of his life, which came from his big head shape. In his toddler and early years, Anthony was a ball full of energy.
Anthony lived in Pittsburgh (his mother’s home) in his formative years. During high school, it was decided that Anthony would have a better opportunity in Akron with his paternal grandparents, Dr. Carstell O. and Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Stewart, where he would receive a private Catholic school education. Mrs. Stewart was also known as “Grandma Bunny.” Anthony was a renaissance man, who excelled, academically, in the community of scholars and sports. He was athletic and he loved sports. He played baseball, but he was the buzzer-beater in basketball, winning records State Championships and City championships at Hoban. He was a lifelong member of St. Philipps Episcopal Church. He ascended through the ranks of Jack and Jill Inc., the Akron Chapter. He benefited from the enrichment of various childhood development activities afforded by the organization. He participated in the Beautillion and Cotillion. He joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. in Akron, Ohio, Xi Chi Chapter. His lifelong friends from Akron are Mike Kelly, Myron Lewis, Mark Lewis, Dan Heideman, Reuben Greene and Ms. Morgan Greene.
Anthony went on to play for The University of Mount Union, receiving his Bachelors and Masters’ Degrees in Business Administration. While in school, he met the love of his life, his wife, Cheryl McClure. They married and had three beautiful children. Anthony had a great job working with significant trucking companies when his other love tugged at his heart – basketball. Anthony made a career change, left an outstanding company to begin his career as a basketball coach. This was his desire, his dream, the career he would love.
He took the position at Columbus State Community College as the Assistant Coach. He had to travel; he recruited. When he talked about the program at CSCC, he spoke more about the opportunity they were providing to their players. They took students, who were high school basketball graduates and could play ball, but could not attend a Division-1 program because of their grades. Anthony said that their program would give the young men a chance to play basketball, which they loved. More importantly, their program would work with these ballplayers to improve their grades. At the end of the CSCC program, they would have an associate degree and be eligible for entry into a Division-1 program and play Division-1 basketball.
He worked with the team at CSCC, then took an Assistant Coaching position at Long Beach in the California State University system. He coached at the University of Wyoming, University of Southern Illinois, Ohio University, and finally at the University of Tennessee Martin. In 2016, Anthony was named UT Martin Head Coach.
Anthony was living his dream. He was one of 353 NCAA Division-1 Head Coaches; the dream of many, but only a select few achieve. He traveled the world recruiting and playing in tournaments. He purchased beautiful homes, and built beautiful homes.
He loved his family – his wife, Cheryl; his children, Anthony, Parker, and Skylar with his life. He loved Cheryl dearly. He entrusted the primary daily care and upbringing of them to her. She has done a fine job educating them and raising them. They are all brilliant, kind and loving people. Anthony and Cheryl, together, have a legacy of beautiful children to bring light to this world.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Meredith Watson (Stewart) Young; grandfather, Dr. Carstell Octavian Stewart, Sr.; uncles, Dr. Carstell Octavain Stewart Jr. and James “Pete” Watson.
To cherish his life, memory and legacy, he leaves behind his wife, Cheryl McClure Stewart; father, Atty. Anthony Leroy Stewart; sons, Anthony Carstell Stewart and Parker Carstell Stewart; daughter, Skylar Stewart; grandparents, Mrs. Mary E. Stewart and The Honorable J. Warren Carole Watson; aunt and uncles, The Honorable Wrenna L. Watson, Timothy Mark Stewart, Sr., Wilfred Brian Stewart and The Honorable Robert C. Watson; cousins, Timothy Mark Stewart Jr., Gabrielle Iman-Ramona Stewart, Braxton Stewart, Syndey Stewart, Michelle Roberta Watson, Dorrean Watson, Justin Watson, Anthony Watson, Camron Watson, Taylor Watson and Skylar Watson; and a host of other relatives and friends.