Funeral services for Billie Gene “Bill” Stewart, 87, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory conducted by Brother Mike Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Ringling. Burial with military honors will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Marietta, Okla.
Billie Gene “Bill” Stewart was born to the late William M. Stewart and Beatrice Shaw Stewart, March 7, 1929, at Enville, Okla. He attended school at McMillan before entering the U.S. Air Force in 1948. Following his honorable discharge in 1951, he returned to Southern Oklahoma and entered the home construction and contracting business, and was a member of the Southern Oklahoma Builders Association.
He and Carolyn Sue (Key) Stewart were married June 22, 1983, at Marietta. In his leisure time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and dancing, spending time at the lake and being with his family and children. An avid gardener, he did his best to feed all of his family.
Following a period of failing health, Bill died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Ardmore Veterans Center.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Stewart of the home; a son, Tony Stewart and his wife, Vicki; daughters, Mary Hicks and husband, Randy, Christi Ellis, Tami LaGrone and husband, Clay; two brothers, J.T. Stewart and Wendyl Stewart; the mother of his children, Sylvia; grandchildren, Jennifer Robson and husband, Matt, Autumn Reed and husband, Travis, Ciera Ellis, Cheyenne Ellis, Jason Fischer and wife, Melissa, Abrea LaGrone and Georgia LaGrone; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Serving as bearers will be Bill Bell, Chris Bell, Matt Robson, Logan Robson, Travis Reed and Dale Owen. Honorary bearers include Randy Hicks, Tony Stewart and members of the Southern Oklahoma Homebuilders Association.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.
The family suggests that memorial gifts may be made to the Ardmore Veterans Center or Cross Timbers Hospice.
Condolences to the family may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.