Jodie Merele Stewart, 86, passed on to join our Lord on February 21, 2015. He was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma on November 15, 1928, to B. F. & Lillian Mae Stewart. He had two brothers and two sisters. Jodie, along with his family, moved to Terra Bella, California in the early 1940's following the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. He immediately began working as a truck driver to help the family make ends meet. Jodie was drafted into the United States Army, where he served 18 months in the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, Jodie came home to Terra Bella and met the late Vivian Goldsmith, who became his wife in 1955. Jodie and Vivian moved to Porterville, California where they loved life and went out dancing on the week-ends.In 1961, Jodie and Vivian became parents to a baby boy, John (Johnny) Alan. Four years later, a daughter was born with whom they named Joanne Kathleen. Jodie was a career truck driver. He worked hauling logs down from the mountains, but spent the majority of his career working for Young's Commercial Transfer in Porterville. He received many honors for safe and accident free driving accumulating over a million miles during his career.Jodie and Vivian enjoyed living in their home in Porterville for 51 years. They were very comfortable and grateful for their neighbors. In 2011 the couple moved to Hanford, California to be closer to their daughter. They liked going out and exploring Hanford and learning some history of the town. There, they were once again blessed with great neighbors. Vivian preceded Jodie in death as she passed away in June, 2012. His son, Johnny, also preceded him in death as he passed away in June, 2014.Jodie is survived by his daughter Joanne Groves and her husband David and grand-children Emily and Brad of Hanford, CA; granddaughter Randa Ward and her husband Jay and great grandchildren Nick and Brooklynn; grandson Levi and his wife Jeanette and great grandchild on-the-way; grandson Joshua and his fiancAC.; Andrea and children Jose, Julia, and Adam; and granddaughter Madisyn Stewart, all of Porterville. In addition, Jodie has many nieces and nephews who are scattered around the states. Jodie's dedication to his family was unsurpassed. "Grandpa" was dearly loved by his family and will be missed by all who knew him.