Mrs. Hazel Murray Stewart, born to Richard and Albertha Murray in Charleston, SC on November 4, 1926. She graduated from Avery Institute with honors in 1944, received her BA degree in Math from Fisk University in 1948 and received her MA in Teaching from the Citadel in 1974.
Hazel married James (Jimmy) W. Stewart, of Jacksonville, FL, on August 26, 1948 in the Murray home on 109 Bogard Street. The Reverend Stephen B. Mackey, Rector, Calvary Episcopal Church presided over their union. In that union a son, James, Jr. (Jay) was born.
Hazel was actively involved in social and civic groups in the Charleston Community. She taught high school math at several schools and later became the first Black professor at Baptist College (now Charleston Southern University).
The Stewarts transferred to Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in 1973 where she became a very active and vital member contributing her talents where needed. She played an instrumental part in the St. Mark’s family and the Diocese of SC. She was on the Vestry many times, became the first black female to be elected to the Standing Committee of the Diocese of SC, served on the Diocese Commission on College Ministries, was a member and vice president of The Daughters of the King, served on St. Catherine’s Altar Guild and was the treasurer for the Episcopal Church Woman.
Because Hazel needs assistance, it is hard for her to attend church. Most recently she was able to attend services with her son, Jay. The Saint Mark’s family was so elated to see her, and her expression of happiness shined through her smile. My beloved Saint Mark’s!