BILLY BENTON "BILL" STEWART, age 88 of Athens, Tenn. passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019, in Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens. He was a native of Etowah, Tenn., lifelong resident of McMinn County , a son of the late Thomas Benton and Lula Dawson Stewart. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years: Alda Bryan Stewart on Feb. 13, 2018 Grandaughter : Lindsay Moses. He was a member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church and retired from BellSouth in 1988. After retirement he was an employee of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home for many years. He also was a retired member of Communication Workers of America and was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America. Bill served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War as a Staff Sgt. with the 278th Regimental Combat Team was a member of the 278th R. C. T. Association and The American Legion Post #68.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in the Chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Rev. Charla Sherboff officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove with military honors. The family will receive friends from 4-7 Tuesday in the funeral home.Active pallbearers will be Will Stewart, Colin Choat, Adam Moses, Martin Moses, Matthew Bonds, and Josh Yates. Honorary pallbearers will be Robbie Carroll, Travis Baker, members of 278th R.C.T., McMinn County American Legion Post #68, and Telephone Pioneers of America.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Flag Fund or Allen Memorial United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to www.laycock-hobbs.com/notices/Billy-Stewart
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tenn. in charge of arrangements.