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Former Lobo football coach, SMU standout, Maco Stewart dies at 98

By Jack Stallard
June 28, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.

Maco Stewart, who coached the Longview Lobo football team from 1946-50 and continued to help students by raising money for scholarships for more than two decades with a golf tournament named in his honor, died on Wednesday in Corsicana.

He was 98.

Services are set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Corsicana's Westhill Church of Christ, with interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Stewart played for the 1932 state champion Corsicana football team and later was a captain on the 1935 SMU football team that went 12-0 and finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation. Stewart and SMU played in the school's only Rose Bowl game, losing to Stanford, 7-0, on Jan. 1, 1936 in Pasadena, Calif.

According to a 2005 article published on Conference USA's website, Stewart coached Texas high school football in Mexia and McAllen before serving in the Navy in World War II. He then spent five seasons in Longview, while earning an MBA from Stephen F. Austin State University.

He returned to Corsicana in 1952 and became a partner in his brother's car dealership and they retired together in 1983. He spent the next 20 years officiating high school and college football games.

Chuck Williams of Longview played for Stewart in high school and was one of the former players (the others were Jim Eaves, Pat Collier, John Henry Russell and Buddy Terry) who helped organize the annual Maco Stewart Open Golf Tournament.

"I had to leave my junior year after spring training with coach due to a family illness, but I stayed in touch with him," Williams said. "Everyone just recognized him as a leader and lived their lives accordingly. ...and that carries over still today."

The 21st annual Maco Stewart Open was held in May at Alpine Country Club in Longview. The event, which benefits the Maco Stewart and Addijo Whitaker Williams scholarships with the SFA Alumni Association, has raised move than $200,000 over the years.

Stewart is a member of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame and the SMU Hall of Fame.

His coached Longview to a 25-22-6 record in five seasons.

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