James Hugh Stewart, 90, of South Toe River, Burnsville, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at his home.
Born June 23, 1928, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Charlie and Lilly McKinney Stewart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Stewart; two brothers, George and Joseph Stewart; and four sisters, Florence Stewart, Gertrude Saylor, Ethel Monteith and Stella Palmer.
James was a member of the Bakersville Baptist Church, a World War II Navy Veteran, having served on the USS Missouri Battleship, and a retired body shop repairman and mobile home mover. He liked to work, read and watch Gunsmoke. He was truly a character out of a novel and his presence was bigger than life.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 43 years, Gloria Stewart; two daughters, Cynthia Stewart, of Linville Falls, and Diane Meatyard (Christopher), of Lexington, Kentucky; two sons, Billy Stewart (Kymra), of Oak Island, and James Stewart (Aubrey), of Asheville; two stepsons, David Hoilman (Naomi) and Mark Hoilman, all of Burnsville. Eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
A funeral service honoring the life of James Hugh Stewart was 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at Webb Funeral Home Chapel with Billy Stewart officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 2 p.m. until time of service. Graveside services and interment followed the service at the Bandana Cemetery at Silver Chapel Baptist Church.
The family would like to extend special “thanks” to Dr. Brian Smith and Dr. Jennifer Larson for their care and concern for Mr. Stewart.
Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting James Stewart’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Stewart family.