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Billy "Bill" Benton Stewart

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.
Survivors include:

  • Son and Daughter-in-law: Ken and wife Charlene Stewart of Wartrace, Tn.,
  • Two Daughters and sons-in-law: Karen and husband Perry Choat of Hoover, Ala., Jan and husband Steve Moses of Riceville, Tenn.
  • Five Grandchildren: Will Stewart, Erin Bonds and husband Matthew, Colin Choat and wife Mary Kathryn, Adam Moses and Martin Moses and Megan Cook and Megan's Son: Bruce Robison 
  • Two great grandchildren: Sophia Bonds , Hannah Bonds  and One expected in November
  • Special faux granddaughter: Ayla Overcrast

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. 


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Weve known Bill only a short period of time. He was a resident at Morning Pointe where my mother lives. Bill was one of the first to greet us with his infectious smile and cheerful attitude. We will miss seeing him and are so sorry for your loss. A true gentleman.

Phyllis and Steve Byrum Aug 22 2019 12:00 AM

Getting to know Bill was one of the highlights of our ministry at Morning Pointe. He always had a bright smile and encouraging words for both Roberta and me. I know his loss leaves a void in many hearts but we all can take comfort in the knowledge that he is at home with God and has been reunited with Alda. Please know that Roberta and I are lifting the family in our prayers!

Carl & Roberta Creasman Aug 22 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing... he was one of the most friendliest people you will ever meet and never forgot a face. You all are in our prayers.

Stephanie Creasman Shugart Aug 22 2019 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear this news. Bill was such a good person and was loved by many. Ronnie worked with Bill at Bell South -- when it was called "MA Bell" Our thoughts & prayers are with the family during this time.

Jo & Ronnie McPhail Aug 22 2019 12:00 AM

Breakfast at Morning Pointe isnt the same without Bill. He usually beat me (and everyone else) to the dining room at about 6am. He was friendly and kind to everyone. He will be missed. Prayers to his family.

Louise Hughes Aug 22 2019 12:00 AM

Jack Ferrell: Bill Stewart and I have been very close friends for over forty years. We were together on various committees at the Trinity Unite Methodist Church, We were members together at the Athens American Legion Post 68, We were charter American Legion Flag Committee members in Athens and if I had only one thing to say about Bill...He was one of the greatest men I have ever Known. I know he will sit on the right hand of God when he getts there. I will be looking forward to seeing him agin up there too.

Jack Ferrell Aug 21 2019 12:00 AM

So sad to hear of Bill's passing. Was so good to talk to him just days ago. He had such a great sense of humor, but was always the consummate gentleman. He will be sorely missed and will reside in our memories.

Harry Loftis Aug 21 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Mr. Bill's passing. Good memories of "What's the score?" from Riceville baseball many years ago.

David & Becky Leamon and Amy & Neecy Buckner Aug 20 2019 12:00 AM

Im so sorry that I am unable to attend your fathers service. He was a special friend. We talked a lot after I lost Glenn. I know he is happy now.

Margaret Mason Aug 20 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a wonderful man and we enjoyed being neighbors as all of you children were growing up along with mine. My heartfelt love goes out to each of you.

Barbara Underdown Aug 20 2019 12:00 AM

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