Charles Richard Stewart of Clayton died on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Carolina House, Smithfield, surrounded by his loving family, following a period of declining health.
Born October 8, 1932, in Virginia, he was the son of the late C. Othel and Edith Goodwin Stewart. The family moved to Clayton when he was 7 years old joining his grandfather, C. C. who opened the first Maytag sales firm, Stewart Appliance and Service Company in Clayton. Charles grew up in the family business on Main Street.
He graduated from Clayton High School and attended N.C. State University where he studied engineering. He entered the United States Navy in 1950 and upon his discharge in 1954 joined the family firm. After several years he left to pursue his life-long interests in heating and air-conditioning, retiring from Environment Comfort Company in 2004.
Mr. Stewart served as Mayor of The Town of Clayton, 1981-83, and served two terms as Councilman, 1977-1981.
He was an active member of First Baptist Church until his health prevented. He was a 57-year member of Leonard Moore Post # 71 American Legion, and was a former member of the Johnston County 40 & 8 Voiture.
He was married to the former Glenda Hamilton of Smithfield for 57 years, who preceded him in death, as well as his brother, Allen Lee Stewart, in 2009.
He is survived by daughters: Sandy Sanders (Robert) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Lisa Jones (Stan) of Clayton and one son, Rich (Laine) of Efland; grandchildren Allison Plumber Bagwell (Joseph) of Wilmington, Eric Jones(Christina) of Clayton, and Robbie Sanders of Myrtle Beach, Evan Stewart and Spencer Stewart of Efland; one great-grandson, Dylan Young Jones of Clayton; a sister, Betty Stewart Coats (Roy) and a sister-in-law, Sandra Mercer Stewart, both of Clayton.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Clayton on Monday, July 20th at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorial contributions be directed to the Organ Fund of First Baptist Church, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library or to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made to the Stewart family at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com.
Arrangements are with McLaurin Funeral Home.