Billy Stewart, 88, of Stewartville, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, of natural causes at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, where he had been a patient this past week.
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Billy was born June 6, 1925, in Warren County, Tenn., to Joseph and Lena (Gulley) Stewart. He grew up in Chattanooga and attended high school there. He was employed to drive service vehicles at Lane Ambulance Service and at Lane Funeral Home in Chattanooga. Billy began his truck driving career in the New York and Pennsylvania area. He owned and operated his own trucks and leased them as well. He entered into a lease contract with International Transport (now Schneider Trucking) in Rochester, driving for a number of years, until his retirement in 1991. Billy moved to Stewartville, where he made his home for the past 40 years and enjoyed living in Holiday, Fla., in the winter.
He was a member of American Legion Post 173 in Holiday. He was an avid reader and was a regular at the Stewartville Public Library. He enjoyed exercise, watching the Vikings and was a NASCAR fan.
Billy is survived by two sisters, Mary S. Gregg of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Judy Murphy of New Port Richey, Fla.; special friends, Mark and Janna Sistad family of Stewartville and Paul (Jeanne) DiLaura of Rochester.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Myrtie Pierce and a brother, James Stewart.
A celebration of Billy's life will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at American Legion Post 164 in Stewartville.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. griffin-gray.com
Griffin-Gray Funeral Home
201 3rd Ave. N.W.
Stewartville, MN 55976
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Mar. 10, 2014