Paul Stewart, a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, shared his appreciation and respect of people, a helpful, civic-minded spirit, and many gifts and talents during his 63 years. Paul was a lifelong learner and gifted teacher and mentor to many, whether in his home, business, during hunter’s safety courses or in his local Masonic chapter.
He lived, by example, a life of integrity, kindness and generosity. He will always be loved and deeply missed.
Funeral services for Paul Gene Stewart, 63, of Sulphur Springs were at 10 a.m., July 8, at Central Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Stinson officiating. Interment followed at Greenview Cemetery with Masonic brothers Phillip Therwhanger, Cody Stewart, Chuck Sickles, Wayne Davenport, Andrew Dalrymple, Phil Darity, Dennis Findley and grandson Geoffrey Stewart serving as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers were the Masonic Lodge 221 friends Bill Bailey, Rex O’Dell, Jerry Wayne Blount, Jeremy O’Dell, Wayne Henegar and Bill Campbell.
West Oaks Funeral Home of Sulphur Springs was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Stewart passed away July 5, 2011, at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler.
Mr. Stewart was born Feb. 19, 1948, in Commerce, the son of Russell Neal and Bessie Nell (Mayes) Stewart. He married Barbara Weaver; she survives.
Mr. Stewart owned and operated Paul Stewart State Farm Insurance Agency. He was an agent for more than 32 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 221, as well as a Scottish Rite Mason.
He was awarded the Golden Trowel in 1995 and was a Past Master in 1986 and was currently serving as treasurer. Paul was most recently the recipient of the Mason’s Lifetime Membership Award for Lodge 221. He served as president of the Tax Appraisal District and treasurer of the Cumby Cemetery Association.
Mr. Stewart is survived by one son, Stephen Stewart and wife Gina of Central City, Iowa; daughter Stephanie Stewart of Sulphur Springs; grandson Geoffrey Stewart of Sulphur Springs; a brother, Ronald Stewart and wife Ruth of Klondike; sisters Judy Castleberry and husband Pete of San Antonio, Nancy Melton of Cumby, and Patty Tarrant and husband Jerry of Campbell; brother-in-law Ernie Weaver and wife Vickie of Point; and sisters-in-law Jo Elaine Ragan and husband J.W. of Sulphur Springs and Lana Mabe and husband Larry of Brashear.
Memorials may be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital at www.tsrhc.org.
Online condolences may be made at www.westoaksfuneralhome.com or www.commercejournal.com.
Published on  July 14, 2011