Gene Stewart

Gene Stewart

September 15, 1948 - July 13, 2020
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Gene Merle Stewart, age 71, of White Hall, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 13, 2020. He was born September 15, 1948 at Arkansas City to the late John Lee Stewart and Ruby Lee Fletcher Stewart.

Gene was a faithful member of Hardin Baptist Church, and considered it a great honor and privilege when he was ordained as a deacon in 2018. He enjoyed working with young people and took on the responsibility of caretaker of the Hardin Baptist Ball Park, which was renamed Gene Stewart Field in his honor.

After graduating from White Hall High School in 1967, he furthered his education at Henderson State Teachers College. He earned his Master’s degree from Auburn University.

Gene began his career in the Dollarway schools for several years and for 24 years in the Watson Chapel School District. He retired as the principal of Watson Chapel High School after 31 years in education.

He enjoyed playing golf, yard work, taking care of the ballfield, being with his grandbabies, and serving the Lord.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Kye Garett Stewart; his stepfather, James McGarity; and five brothers, John Allen Stewart, Gordon Stewart, Donny Stewart, Billy Stewart, and Stevie Stewart.

On April 10, 1970, Gene married Patsy Ruth Cook Stewart of White Hall, who survives him. Other survivors include two sons, Kenny Stewart and wife Sara of White Hall, and Kevin Stewart and wife Julie of Benton; a daughter-in-law, Ashley Stewart of Jefferson; nine grandchildren, Lacey, Chandler, Kade, Reece, Kailyn, Kole, and Khloe; two step-grandchildren, Austin Rice and Bella Moody; two sisters, Deborah Stewart of Redfield, and Mary Beth Perez of White Hall; along with a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Robinson & Fuller White Hall Chapel.

Graveside services will be Thursday, July 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Hardin Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Gene Stewart Ballfield in care of Hardin Baptist Church, 300 Todd Lynn Drive, White Hall, AR 71602.

The family also wishes to thank Arkansas Hospice and Robinson & Fuller for their service.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Robinson and Fuller White Hall Funeral Chapel
    8302 Dollarway Rd
    White Hall, AR 71602
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, July 16, 2020 10:00am
    Hardin Cemetery
    Hardin Reed Road
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71602
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  • Interment

    Hardin Cemetery
    Hardin Reed Road
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71602
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David Derrick

Posted at 05:28pm
I'm so sad to learn of Gene's passing. We have known each other all our lives. His large family and my large family lived next door to each other near Dollarway School growing up. Our families were an extension of each other. We never knew which house we would wake up at. We remained friends through the years, though we didn't get to see each other much, as I live in another state. I will say this: I was always extremely proud of him. In spite of his humble beginnings, he accomplished amazing things. What a role model he must have been to his family and students. I loved him just like a brother and will miss him terribly. Condolences go out to his beautiful wife, Pat, and the rest of his loving family. SEE YOU ON THE BACK NINE, MY FRIEND!

Sammy and Patsy

Posted at 11:54am
The Service was a very wonderful tribute to Gene. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are always with you and the family. The Hargrave Family

Judee Lybrand

Posted at 11:18am
Deepest sympathy and many prayers. Gene has been a caring, thoughtful and loving neighbor. Gene and his great smile will be missed very much.

Dianne Robinson

Posted at 10:01am
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends during this time. He was a special person and we have many wonderful school event memories during our Watson Chapel years.

Dianne, Kevin, and Keith Robinson
Karen Robinson-Lindsey

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Posted at 09:05am
My condolences to the family. What a wonderful neighbor and friend he was to me.
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