JW “Dub” Stewart
JW “Dub” Stewart of Uvalde entered into God’s promise of eternal peace on Dec. 11, 2013 at his residence. JW was born March 10, 1938, in Booneville, Arkansas to Willie Richard and Norma Ruth (Baucum) Stewart. He was the third of three boys born to this union. JW is survived by both older brothers, Gene Stewart (Carolyn) of Murphy, Texas and Jimmie Paul Stewart (Wilma) of McCloud, Okla.
JW joined the Air Force and served four years active service. While on leave visiting his parents in Booneville, he met Betty Jo. They both fell head over heels, hard, for each other and were married Aug. 15, 1958. Until death ended their relationship, it was usual, if you saw one, the other wasn’t far away. Usually holding hands or exchanging private, knowing glances, they were incredibly close.
Immediately after his discharge from the AF, he enrolled and graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas with a BS in Biology. Teaching in the public school system in Missouri quickly taught him a lesson — go back to school and get that Masters degree, which he did at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. A PhD in Entomology from Texas A&M in 1973 was followed by accepting a position as Area Specialist, Entomology, for 22 counties, stationed in Uvalde. This was a position he held until he retired in 1995.
“Dub” is survived by his beloved wife of over 55 years, Betty Jo Stewart; two children, Kim of Lubbock and Eddie of Uvalde. Also surviving are five adorable grandchildren, Autumn Brook Hurst (J.R.) of Pearsall, Sunnie Stewart (Odessa, Texas), Sarah Plavets (Henry) of San Antonio, Edward Jordan Wade Stewart (Pearsall) and Lanie Stewart (Lubbock). Two great grandchildren complete the lineage of “Dub” and Betty Jo, a great-grandson, Weston Lynn Hurst and great-granddaughter, Zailey Brooke Hurst.
“Dub” was a member of the Lord’s Church since a youth. He not only “talked the talk, he walked the walk.” His remains will be cremated and, at the appropriate time, united with those of his beloved Betty Jo and taken for interment to Booneville.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday Dec. 16, 2013 at 2 p.m., at the Getty Street Church of Christ in Uvalde.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Eastern European Bible Mission, PO Box 670928, Dallas, TX 75367, or Children’s Christian Relief Fund, PO Box 19670, Amarillo, TX 79114 or to a charity of one’s choice.