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Walter Bynum Stuart III (1922 - 2018)

Died: January 10, 2018

Walter Bynum Stuart III died peacefully January 10, 2018, at the age of 95. He was born October 5, 1922, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the second of seven children of Rosa Gauthreaux Stuart and Walter Bynum Stuart, Jr. Walter graduated from Baker High School in Baton Rouge in 1939 and entered LSU, where he met the love of…read more

Walter Bynum Stuart III died peacefully January 10, 2018, at the age of 95. He was born October 5, 1922, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the second of seven children of Rosa Gauthreaux Stuart and Walter Bynum Stuart, Jr. Walter graduated from Baker High School in Baton Rouge in 1939 and entered LSU, where he met the love of his life, Rita Bess Kleinpeter, from Grosse Tete, Louisiana. It was love at first sight when he saw Rita on a bus at the end of his freshman year. Before ever being introduced to her, Walter pointed Rita out to a friend and said, “That’s the girl I am going to marry.” To prepare for meeting Rita, Walter took dance lessons over the summer because he heard Rita liked to dance. Finally, in the fall of 1940, he introduced himself at the soft drink machine at Allen Hall and asked her to have a Coke with him. The rest is history. Married on May 20, 1944, in Grosse Tete, Walter and Rita went on to have five sons and were happily married for over 73 years. Within three months of their wedding, Walter, by then a commissioned US Navy Lieutenant, shipped out to the Philippines, where he spent the next two years. He returned to Grosse Tete and with an accounting degree from LSU went to work for the newly formed Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation. In 1953 Walter was transferred to Kaiser’s home office in Oakland, California. In 1956 Walter was named Administrative Manager of the Kaiser plant in Chalmette, Louisiana, and the family moved to New Orleans. Walter worked with IBM Corporation and successfully computerized the Kaiser Chalmette plant’s payroll. Walter’s financial expertise drew him into banking, and in the early 1960s, he and several local businessmen were granted a bank charter and opened First National Bank of Chalmette. In 1963 Walter was recruited to be Vice President of the National Bank of Commerce in New Orleans where he converted the bank’s records from hand ledgers to computers. LSU’s Banking School of the South asked Walter to join the faculty as a case leader where he was later recognized as the school’s outstanding teacher. He went on to be named Director of the Banking School of the South and President of the Louisiana Bankers Association. In 1978 Walter was named President of American Bank in Lafayette, a position he held until his retirement in 1986. In 2003 Walter and Rita moved to Azalea Trace Retirement Home in Pensacola, Florida. Walter is survived by his wife, Rita; four sons, Walter Bynum Stuart IV of Houston, TX, Robert Kenneth Stuart of Charleston, SC, Ronald Sidney Stuart of Pensacola, FL, and Scott Matthew Stuart of Greenwich, CT; a brother, Robert Morgan Stuart, and a sister, Clara Stuart Andersen and her husband, Paul Andersen, all of Baton Rouge; four daughters-in-law, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Walter is preceded in death by a son, Douglas Kleinpeter Stuart; sister Winifred Stuart Williamson and husband, Bill Williamson; sister Marguerite “Peggy” Jean Stuart; brother, John Albert Stuart and wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Hatfield Stuart; brother James “Jeb” Stuart and wife, Ruth Sullivan Stuart; and sister-in-law, Dorothy “Dotty” Philipps Stuart. Walter was first and foremost a devoted family man, fondly called “Uncle Bubba” by his siblings and more than a score of nieces and nephews. He was a hands-on, loving grandfather, always happy to read and rock a child to sleep or soothe newborns throughout the night. A terrific cook, second only to Rita, Walter’s specialties were his lemon BBQ chicken, pork-stuffed pork chops and “waltarita” margaritas. Walter was a popular raconteur who said his move to a retirement community was very positive because, “I get to tell my stories a to a lot of people who haven’t heard them before!” He took up golf at age 45 and played well into his 80s, becoming a sought-after member of many foursomes. Best of all, Walter relished his time on the golf course with his sons and grandchildren. The Stuart family is enormously grateful to all of Walter’s caregivers who made his final years so happy – Darlene Willis, Pauline & Jim Simmons, Cherie Kelso, Kim Shoemaker, Mary Scarrit, Lisa Schossow and Clara Stokes. Visitation will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2250 Main Street, Baton Rouge from 11:00 a.m until Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be grandchildren Courtney Lyon Stuart-Alban, Walter Bynum Burke Stuart, Robert Morgan Stuart, Elaine Catherine Stuart-Shah, Mary Katherine “Katie” Stuart, Lauren Elizabeth Stuart, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Stuart, Jessica Cleary “Jessie” Stuart, Garratt Kleinpeter Stuart and Elisabeth Adair “Daisy” Stuart. Family and friends are invited to a reception following interment at the Baton Rouge Country Club. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in honor of Walter B. Stuart III to the Thrive Foundation, 2585 Brightside Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70820 or to the LSU Foundation, 3796 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge LA 70802, Attn: Daniel Bozard.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church

Address:

2250 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm -

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church

Address:

2250 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Roselawn Memorial Park

Address:

4045 North Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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