Tow truck driver honored

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - A tow truck driver who died on the job during massive Mid-South flooding last April will be honored this weekend.

It's been more than five months since Clyde Stewart's fatal accident, but his wife Hattie says dealing with his loss is still tough.

"Missing his hugs and kisses because he was a hugging and a kissing person," she said. "He never left the house without a goodbye hug or kiss."

Clyde, a tow truck driver with Star Towing and Recovery, was attempting to pull a car from a creek along Holmes and Reynolds Road in Collierville last Spring. He climbed atop the car to hook it up, and the swift current swept him under.

Now the International Tower's Museum in Chattanooga will honor Clyde for his bravery by inducting him into its hall of fame.

"That made me feel good to know that he's so loved and that his life lives on," said Hattie. "Even though he's gone, his life still lives on."

Stewart says paying tribute to her husband's kind heart and spirit is something she and her family can always be proud of.

"It was always about helping everybody. It was not about Clyde Stewart. It was always about helping somebody else, and I'd always say, 'You need to do something for yourself,'" she said. "He would always say, 'Honey, I don't get my glory by helping myself. I get it by helping others.'"

Stewart is one of five people being inducted into the International Tower's Museum Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is set for 10:00 Saturday morning in Chattanooga.

to e-mail Jamel Major.