Billy Futch Stewart, PhD. (CW4 ret.) of Bellville died Monday, July 21, 2014, after an extended illness.
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Dr. Stewart was a 1950 graduate of Bryan County High School, received his associate's degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1952 and his bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia in 1954. He retired from the Georgia Army National Guard as a CW4 with more 37 years of service. He was an OCS instructor with the GaANG, chairman of the leadership committee at Georgia Military Institute and served on the selection committee for the Youth Challenge Program. Dr. Stewart was also former interim director of Savannah Technical College and was instrumental in establishing the school's current location.
He was an adult educator, training both students and instructors in trade and industry and served as a national judge for VICA. After 20 years of instruction at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Stewart achieved professor emeritus status.
Dr. Stewart was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren compete. He was an ardent fan of the Atlanta Braves, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Pinewood Patriots. He was a craftsman of wood and an accomplished musician. Playing only by ear, he could play any instrument except the accordion.
Dr. Stewart was a member of First Baptist Church of Claxton for 35 years and formerly served as both deacon and treasurer. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Alee Shrine.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Rachel Buckner Stewart of Bellville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robin B. and Tracie Stewart of Glennville and D. Jay and Teresa B. Stewart of Claxton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Robert Dasher of Hinesville and Crystal and Brian Thomas of Statesboro; nine grandchildren, Lauren Dasher, Lindsay Helt, Ryne Stewart, Tyler Stewart, Seth Blocker, Brooke Smith, Britt Thomas, Regan Thomas and Rachel Thomas; five great-grandchildren; and a special cousin, Freddie and Rod Lee of Ellabell.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Flanders Morrison Funeral Home. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at First Baptist Church of Claxton. Interment will follow in Northside Cemetery with military and Masonic honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Claxton, P.O. Box 607, Claxton, GA 30417; Pinewood Christian Academy, P.O. Box 7, Bellville, GA 30414; or the
, 1101 Northchase Pkwy. SE, Marietta, GA 30067.
The family of Dr. Stewart would like to recognize the very special care given by Dr. Sidney J. Bolch and his staff.
Flanders Morrison Funeral Home, Flandersmorrisonfuneralhome.com, of Pembroke is in charge of arrangements.
Flanders Morrison Funeral Home
197 South College Street Pembroke, GA 31321
Published in Coastal Courier from July 22 to July 29, 2014