Stewart Henry Elkins, 30, passed away September 7, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents Gary Stewart and Bonnie Ellen Elkins. Stewart was born in Norfolk, Virginia and attended several local area schools including Ingleside Elementary, Lake Taylor and Hunt Mapp Middle Schools, Churchland High School and graduated from Camden County High School in North Carolina. He also furthered his education at College of the Albemarle. Stewart worked for Ocean Mystique – Ink Gallery as a body piercer. He loved art, having several of his own piece displayed at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk. Stewart also was incredibly passionate about music. He was very active within the Goth and Industrial scenes and played in the well-known band, Heretics in the Lab for several years. Stewart also was a member of Team TDH where he performed suspension art all over Tidewater with whom he received the nickname “Baby Bird.” Stewart was one of the most genuine and sincere humans one would ever hope to encounter. His selfless nature was one of his most admirable qualities. He had a pure soul and sense of care and compassion that enabled him to always put a smile on other people’s faces. His own smile could light up a room.
Left to cherish his memory is his sister, Jeanine Lowe; brother, Chad Tuell; nephew, Joshua Miller; niece, Chloe Dunn; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Stewart will also be remembered by his countless second family members; his friends, admirers, and fans who loved and cared for him deeply.
A visitation will be held Monday, September 11th, 2017 from 4 – 6pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Rd. in Virginia Beach. A celebration of Stewart’s life will be held Sunday, September 17th at 1pm at the same location.
“One time when I was a kid I was out at the beach. I was playing with a beach ball that had an elephant on it. He was a friendly looking elephant so I felt a connection to it. Sometimes I can develop and attachment to inanimate objects that I feel “mean well”. The elephant ball got away from me and started to float away. I’m a terrible swimmer but I couldn’t let the elephant suffer alone out in the ocean. I chased after the ball until my arms started to ache and I was losing my breath. I was so far from shore that people were tiny. I reached as far as I could to be able to grab onto the ball just to be able to float back to shore. I held onto him gently and saw his expression never changed had I made it or not, but his friendly smile comforted me on the float back to shore. I saved him, he saved me.”
Date: Monday, September 11, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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