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“I sat next to Michael and Elenita during the Christmas Phil-Am celebration and dinner just a few short days before he died. We sat at that table...Read More »
1 of 95 | Posted by: Fletcher Trice - Aiken, SC

“My condolences to your family. So sad to learn of my dear childhood friend passing. What wonderful memories of Citadel Drive and College Acres,...Read More »
2 of 95 | Posted by: Cappy McCullough Bowman - Reno, NV

“I will never forget you Mike. Thanks for all of the music and laughs down by the river in Scarboro Ga. All of the evenings of singing, eating boiled...Read More »
3 of 95 | Posted by: Dale Pearce - Statesboro, GA

“I am so sorry to hear Of Mike's passing. I graduated with him in 1967. I well remember him playing and singing. He was a very nice person and had a...Read More »
4 of 95 | Posted by: Roger Key - McCormick SC, SC

“You know, I only met him once, but he was one of those people that made an immediate impression on you, and I never forgot him. You could just tell...Read More »
5 of 95 | Posted by: Tina Johnson - Graniteville, SC, SC

“Thinking of Mike brings back some great memories of how funny he was and how much fun he was to be around.He was a very special person. My thoughts...Read More »
6 of 95 | Posted by: Phoebe Dinkins - Augusta, GA

“I met Mike many years ago. His wife and my wife are friends. He came to my home and played my guitar. My daughter, two years old, had a surprised...Read More »
7 of 95 | Posted by: Eddie Arnold - Nashville, TN

“I didn't know Mike, but I certainly would see him around AHS, and he was bigger than life itself. I always admired him, and all of the band members...Read More »
8 of 95 | Posted by: Kathy Newton - Augusta, GA

“What a guy! Every time I spoke with Mike in Nashville, Savannah, or when he went back home, I came away happy. Several years ago, I was with Sons of...Read More »
9 of 95 | Posted by: Randy Layne - Hendersonville, TN

“I didnt know Mike very well, but every time I saw him around town he was wonderfully nice and always willing to talk. He was a super nice guy and...Read More »
10 of 95 | Posted by: Jacob Ellis - Aiken, SC

“I met Mike back in 1969 when I became a drummer for a band that he, Archie Jordan and Eddie Hebert had formed. We called ourselves Mike Stewart and...Read More »
11 of 95 | Posted by: Dick Cole - Chicago, IL

“The infectious energy that Uncle Mike had continued even in his funeral service. What a wonderful tribute to a very talented, energetic, fun loving...Read More »
12 of 95 | Posted by: Donna Wren Glover - SC

“sing on my friend ”
13 of 95 | Posted by: jan fleetwood - aiken, SC

“Mike was special. He basically never changed. He was the same last week as he was the first day each of us met him. When first meeting Mike one...Read More »
14 of 95 | Posted by: Charles Holley - North Augusta, SC

“My condolanced to all of Mike's family and friends. Sometimes God takes the good people early. I have known Mike since kindergarden as well. The best...Read More »
15 of 95 | Posted by: Lenora Owens - Charleston, SC

“Mike was destined for greatness, and he achieved it. His more lasting legacy is the love and respect, he has from all who had the priviledge to know...Read More »
16 of 95 | Posted by: Susan Holmes - Ft. Worth, TX

“We all have our hero's and Mike was a hero to many. He helped unite the high school classes of the late 60's and break down the barriers of the age...Read More »
17 of 95 | Posted by: Jim Cushman - Aiken, SC

“RIP Michael. Your spirit lives on in the hearts of your fans and in music forever. ”
18 of 95 | Posted by: Jocelyn Mack - Aiken, SC - Fan

“My sincere condolences to Mike's Family. I always thought a lot of Mike while we were growing up in Aiken, and the College Acres crowd back in the...Read More »
19 of 95 | Posted by: Greg Ross - Irmo, SC

“I graduated from Aiken High in 1968. I did not know Mike personally, but I knew of him. What a talent he was. The Intruders were OUR band. I have...Read More »
20 of 95 | Posted by: Beryl Bouknight Arbaugh - Aiken, SC

“When Archie's wife called Saturday morning, I could sense something strained in her voice and she related the untimely passing of Mike of Friday. As...Read More »
21 of 95 | Posted by: Dick Hobbs - Wilmington, NC

“When I met Mike I discovered the meaning of "cool". Early memories of College Acres & then Teen Town have come flooding back. Mike Stewart & The...Read More »
22 of 95 | Posted by: Pam Hensley Verenes - Aiken, SC

“Pamela and I want to extend our sympathies to Mike's family. Mike and I were in kindergarten at Aiken First Baptist and in school together from...Read More »
23 of 95 | Posted by: Rickie Thornton - Aiken, SC

“Each time I've been at our AHS reunions, I have missed seeing Mike when he couldn't attend. Either 5 or 10 years ago, he had planned to be there...Read More »
24 of 95 | Posted by: Carol Lawhead Tarras - IL

“As kid, I used stand by the back door of teen town and watch the Intruders, as their singing and playing was my musical training. Last fall I saw...Read More »
25 of 95 | Posted by: Kent Redd - Aiken, SC

“Mike was a dear friend of mine before he followed his dream to be a part of the music industry. I loved his laugh and his sense of humor. I have...Read More »
26 of 95 | Posted by: Pam Jones - Augusta, GA

“I remember so many good things about Mike from school days. He was a wonderful talented man and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
27 of 95 | Posted by: Joye Brotherton - Aiken, SC

“I was shocked and saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I was the keyboard player with "The Intruders" back in the day and Mike was my friend and...Read More »
28 of 95 | Posted by: Russ Burleson - Chapin, SC

“So sad to hear of Mike's passing. The Righteous Brothers once sang of the "helluva band" in Rock & Roll Heaven, and I'm betting Mr. Intruder is right...Read More »
29 of 95 | Posted by: Earl McFerrin - Concord, NC

“Having known Mike for only a short time,it has made for a lot of good memorie's for the future.I enjoyed our talk's, at the music store. ”
30 of 95 | Posted by: roger abernathy - aiken, SC

“My sympathys to the family of Mike. I grew up with Mike, played football with him in high school and we spent a lot of time in our teenage years...Read More »
31 of 95 | Posted by: mike keeter - Anchorage, AK

“My Dearest Elenita, Please know I will hold your & Tybee's hand as you travel on an unexplored journey moving forward. Keep your faith strong. ...Read More »
32 of 95 | Posted by: L.A. Combs - AikenM, SC

“I got to know the wonderful Stewart family as Tybee's 3rd grade teacher at Aiken Elem. I remember what a joy Tybee was in class. Most of all, I...Read More »
33 of 95 | Posted by: Stacey Meade - North Augusta, SC

“I am so sorry to hear about Mike he was always the same when you saw him always had a kind word and a smile.He will always be remembered and my prays...Read More »
34 of 95 | Posted by: Ted Gantt - lexington, SC

“I knew Mike from the days of pony league baseball. His father was our coach. Much like his father, he was a kind person. We shared many experiences...Read More »
35 of 95 | Posted by: katherine slayton - Freiend

“Like so many, I am saddened about Mike's passing. We had neighboring studios in Berry Hill , just south of Nashville. It was always uplifting, to say...Read More »
36 of 95 | Posted by: Buzz Cason - Franklin, TN

“My condolences to the family of Mike. He was a special person. I am so sad to hear of his passing. ”

“So sad to hear of Mike's passing. The Righteous Brothers once sang of the "helluva band" in Rock & Roll Heaven ... I'm betting Mr. Intruder is right...Read More »
38 of 95 | Posted by: - Concord, NC

“I too was part of "the College Acres gang". I, like many before me, had a huge crush on Mike. So when he said he would take me for a ride on his...Read More »
39 of 95 | Posted by: Patty Lawhead - aiken, SC

“Like so many others who have shared their memories, I too feel blessed to have had the opportunity to hear Mike's musical talent and zest for life....Read More »
40 of 95 | Posted by: Tish Charlton Crumpler - NC

“Thoughts and prayers to your daughter and family. So many of Aikens youth enjoyed you and The Intruders . Our memories will last forever. Gods ...Read More »
41 of 95 | Posted by: Pat Ropp Wadford - Cola., SC

“So sorry to hear about the loss of a great friend. Many memories came flowing back when I heard the news. Your Dad (Ray) and Mr. Sheppard running us...Read More »
42 of 95 | Posted by: Roger Ridenour - Asheville, NC

“Mike was one of the most unassuming people I have ever known. A gentle giant, with a love for music that was infectious. He was the kind of person...Read More »
43 of 95 | Posted by: Michael Eubanks - Aiken, SC

“I was so saddened by Mike's passing He was a great guy We grew up in Collage Acres and I always looked up to Mike I loved going to teen town and just...Read More »
44 of 95 | Posted by: Jeff Edeburn - Augusta, GA

“RIP mike u will be missed by all in aiken.prayers to the family ”
45 of 95 | Posted by: jim canepa - aiken, SC

“RIP my dear friend.. You'll live in our hearts forever... ”
46 of 95 | Posted by: Neel Flannagan - Aiken, SC

“When Archie and Mike united with our band from Sumter in the late 60's, I didn't have any idea what to expect, but came to find out we now were part...Read More »
47 of 95 | Posted by: Steve McFaddin - Columbia, SC

“I can't get "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" out of my head. Precious indeed. Too many personal memories to share. Love...Read More »
48 of 95 | Posted by: Michael Aiken - Aiken, SC

“Dear Tamla and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your father. He was a great musician and will be missed by so many. May God comfort you...Read More »
49 of 95 | Posted by: Karen Barton Abney - Oviedo, FL

“We remember you from our youth and are proud to have called you our friend. May the Angels in Heaven hear you blow your horn! Love Bob and Betty Bowen ”
50 of 95 | Posted by: Bob & Betty Bowen - Aiken, SC

“I remember Mike from sports and his competiveness. The Intruders was our (Dana and Me) FAVORITE Band. You will be missed and my prayers and...Read More »
51 of 95 | Posted by: Frosty Davis - Atlanta, GA

“Mike was a great talent, not only in song writing but singing and playing as well. Every time I got the opportunity to play a show with Mike, it was...Read More »
52 of 95 | Posted by: Russ Brantley - Waynesboro, GA

“I was fortunate enough to play in one of Mike's later bands. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. I admired him so much. ”
53 of 95 | Posted by: Gary Dixon - Atlanta, GA

“To Family and Friends of Mike Stewart: I send love and prayers to each of you. Mike was a wonderful friend and amazing talent and with all his...Read More »
54 of 95 | Posted by: Pam Johnson - Atlanta, GA

“Mike Stewart was a great friend and mentor to me. He was so generous with his talent and I learned so much about performing from him. Above all,...Read More »
55 of 95 | Posted by: Dave Morgan - Augusta, GA

“I heart and prayers go out to the family. ”
56 of 95 | Posted by: Danny Beheler - Williamson, GA

“53 years of blood brother friendship riding bikes without helments, drinking out of water hoses, climbing water towers,shooting shot guns in the...Read More »
57 of 95 | Posted by: Eddie and Maggie Shepard - SC

“Without a doubt one of the most talented and charismatic people I have ever known. I will never forget the life changing and amazing times we shared...Read More »
58 of 95 | Posted by: Alan George - Columbia, SC

“We've lost one of the great ones. Mike and the group called the Intruders, were an accomplished group in the 60's. This platform launched many of...Read More »
59 of 95 | Posted by: Lionel Smith - AIKEN, SC - Friend

“We've all lost a great friend. When Mike and the Intruders grew up in Aiken, they changed music as we'd known it. They were wonderful, and continued...Read More »
60 of 95 | Posted by: Lionel Smith - AIKEN, SC

“Godspeed Uncle Mike. I love you. Brandon ”
61 of 95 | Posted by: Brandon Stewart - NAS Kingsville, TX

“Elenita and Tybee, We are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. It seems like yesterday that you all were at our house for Ian's birthday party. Andy...Read More »
62 of 95 | Posted by: Shawn and Sally Woodward - Aiken, SC

“Tamla and family, We are so sorry to learn of your loss. May our God wrap you in His arms with comforting love during this time. Allen and Gay...Read More »
63 of 95 | Posted by: Gay Smith - Aiken, SC

“So sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was such a wonderful, talented and gentle soul. Always laughing and making everyone around him smile. I feel...Read More »
64 of 95 | Posted by: Rhonda & Dennis McDaniel - SC

“As friends and family mourn the loss of a great person, Heaven is rejoicing in the treasure they have received. Memories of Mike will last us our...Read More »
65 of 95 | Posted by: Carol Ridenour Grealish - SC

“Elenita, Tybee, and Tamla, I am so very sorry to hear about Mike's sudden passing. I am praying that each of you will feel the presence of Jesus as...Read More »
66 of 95 | Posted by: Bree McKellar Saum - Aiken, SC

“The world of music has lost a wonderful talent, Not only on a local level but a national level as well. I am so honored to have known and played...Read More »
67 of 95 | Posted by: Don "Bear" Goldman - Aiken, SC

“Mike was a College Acres kid along with lots of us. WE grew up in a special place and time. But Mike was one the unique people who made Aiken what it...Read More »
68 of 95 | Posted by: Dennis Shepard - Leesville, SC

“Mike, We will miss your dancing and laughs ”
69 of 95 | Posted by: Miles Hession - Brentwood, TN

“Our memories of the Intruders and Teen Town are of the happy days of our youth and Mike was a great part of those times. We haven't lost Mike's...Read More »
70 of 95 | Posted by: Lindy Cansler - Aiken, SC

“My deepest sympathies to Tamla and Mike's family in Aiken. As so many others have mentioned, our days in the land of flowers and sunshine at Aiken...Read More »
71 of 95 | Posted by: Pamela Donovan Hawkins - Lakewood, CO

“Was part of the football team with him . We were the 4th quarter terrors . We had both lost interest . i remember him fondly . ”
72 of 95 | Posted by: geoby 11 grade rge a.h. tice - SC

“Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Mike's family and friends. I was blessed to have known & worked with Mike for 25 years in the...Read More »
73 of 95 | Posted by: Robert White Johnson - TN

“Tamla, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Your dad is singing in the heavenly choir now. May God bring you comfort and peace. ...Read More »
74 of 95 | Posted by: Barry and Susan Ready - Aiken, SC

“Paulette is right, the Heavenly Choir sounds better tonight. Thank you Mike for being a big part of that special experience of my youth called the...Read More »
75 of 95 | Posted by: Bob Harte - Aiken, SC

“The music world has lost a true soul. I have such grand memories of him and his band at teen town and have kept up with his accomplishments...Read More »
76 of 95 | Posted by: bobby driggers - aiken, SC

“I would imagine by now, St. Peter has learned to "shake his money maket"; Mike could make the whole room move. and smile. and for a couple of hours...Read More »
77 of 95 | Posted by: Phil Burckhalter

“My condolences to the Stewart family. ”
78 of 95 | Posted by: Karen Cargile-Ocenas - Mount Airy, NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike's family as they mourn his loss and celebrate his Home-going. Mike left behind so many wonderful "musical"...Read More »
79 of 95 | Posted by: Sandra and Billy Pierce - Aiken, SC

“Mike was a beloved and a highly successful and respected member of our Nashville music community. When he retired and returned to Aiken it was our...Read More »
80 of 95 | Posted by: Bobby Ogdin - Nashville, TN

“My prayers are with you all. Mike and the Intruders were such an important part of our years at Aiken High and Teen Town. We will always have your...Read More »
81 of 95 | Posted by: Paulette Vardell Demko - Lakeland, FL

“This is a sudden shock. My prayers are with Mike's wife and family. Mike was a good friend of my late younger brother, Charles. I would like to think...Read More »
82 of 95 | Posted by: Nick Jeancake - North Augusta, SC

“I've known Mike since I was 15 years old and watched from a distance as a lowly AHS freshman. Later, I had the opportunity to know, admire, enjoy and...Read More »
83 of 95 | Posted by: Cathy Armour Broom - Roswell, GA

“More than anyone I have ever met, Mike showed us how to throw ourselves completely into music. He was the consummate showman and an absolute leader,...Read More »
84 of 95 | Posted by: Framp Durban - Mount Pleasant, SC

“My prayers are with Mike's family. I wish the best for you and will miss Mike. ”
85 of 95 | Posted by: Gary Pressnell - Wilmington, NC

“Rest well, brother. I promise to keep the music alive. ”
86 of 95 | Posted by: Tony Baughman - Aiken, SC

“RIP Mike. I was blessed to know you, and to spend some precious moments with you. ”
87 of 95 | Posted by: Mike Dukes - Aiken, SC - Friend

“"Why must you disappear"? But you haven't gone. Your songs live in the air. ”
88 of 95 | Posted by: Patty Miller - Denver, CO

“What can I say? You could not be a Aiken High Student in the early 60's and not know the Intruders and Mike. He was a friend of my brothers and had...Read More »
89 of 95 | Posted by: Lynne Gabriel Tollison - Aiken, SC

“My Prayers and thoughts are with Mike's wife and son. Mike was a great guy, I will always remember the music even when he was a teen ager Talked...Read More »
90 of 95 | Posted by: Sherie Dixon Koenig - Aiken, SC

“Wow! We re in Myrtle Beach shagging where Mike s music has been played a lot-but we re from Aiken and remember all the great memories of The...Read More »
91 of 95 | Posted by: Brenda Taylor - aiken, SC

“I was shocked to learn of Mike's death. We have lost a great musician and man. My condolences to to his family. ”
92 of 95 | Posted by: Johnny Johnson - Aiken, SC

“Mike, there are so many memories, each more precious than the other, YOU made so many great memories, I recall the studio sessions and the smile and...Read More »
93 of 95 | Posted by: Alice Powers Minitor - Aiken, SC

“One of the first bands I ever saw, was the Capries, Starring Mike Stewart along with his brother Larry. They were great made me want to play in a...Read More »
94 of 95 | Posted by: Dennis Lundy - Aiken, SC

“Thoughts and prayers to Mike's family and very special friends. The Intruders were such a big part of our youth. Thank you for sharing your music...Read More »
95 of 95 | Posted by: Colleen Williams - Norway, SC

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Funeral services for Michael Dean Stewart, 63, of Aiken, will be held at 2 pm Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Chapel of GEORGE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTER, Aiken. Officiating will be Archie Jordan. Burial will follow in Aiken Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12 -2 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Mr. Stewart, passed away Friday, January 18, 2013. Born in Oakridge, Tennessee, he was a son of the late Raymond & Lois McGarvey Stewart. He was raised in Aiken County before moving to Nashville to pursue his music career. Mike moved to Nashville in the late 70's and for 25 years he had a very successful duel career in the music business. He first began as a "song-plugger" but quickly by music business standards in late1983 he had co-written a #1 record "Don't You Know How Much I Love You" by artist Ronnie Milsap. Notably afterward, he became Associate Producer and co-writer on a Top Ten Dance Hit by the Pointer Sisters. This was quickly soon followed with a writing contract from Quincy Jones and Mike writing for Quincy and Michael Jackson during the "Bad" Album days. He penned well over 200 songs and well as recorded an album himself that was featured in the movie "Folley Island which won the New York Film Festival award in 2001. During this time, Mike became a key member in Dan Williams Music one of the top 5 commercial music production companies in the nation. During that time with Dan, his best friend and song writing partner Mike was closely involved in the production of over 2, 000 regional or national commercials. He was an on-camera principle for Clorox 2 as well as lead vocalist for national TV as well as other top commercials. He also sang background on hundreds of commercials heard by the entire country for over 20 years. In fact, his voice was heard "daily" nationally on radio and TV for 20 years. He worked in direct contact and friendship with artist from George Jones, Alan Jackson, Marty Stuart, Pam Tills, The Pointers, Hank Williams Jr., Rita Moreno, Randy Travis and scores of other top celebrities. His career also included working with the top ad agencies in America and for hundreds of companies from Budweiser to Toyota to Clorox and Folgers on nationally known commercials such as "Momma's Got the Magic of Clorox 2", to "Taco Bell's Run for the Border", to name only a couple that barely scratches the surface of his vast body of work. His energy in the the studio was unmatched and his ability was to make people laugh was a gift known by everyone in the music business in Nashville. He was loved by everyone that knew him and will be deeply missed by the entire music community in Nashville. Mike was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Musicians, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist, and Broadcast Music, Inc. Surviving are his wife, Elenita Stewart of the home; a daughter, Tamla Pridgen (Bert) of Leondardtown, Maryland; a son, Tybee Stewart of the home; a brother, Larry Stewart (Sherrie) of Aiken; 3 grandchildren, Katie, Cary and Connor Pridgen all of Leonardtown, Maryland.

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