FARMINGTON — Joe Allison Stewart, 78, of Farmington, Mo., passed away May 25, 2014 while visiting with family in Mount Juliet, Tenn. Joe died of cancer after a recent diagnosis.
Joe was born April 1, 1936, in Concordia, Mo., to Harley O. and Lettie Wayman Stewart. His early years were spent on his parent’s farm in Centerview, Mo., Joe attended the University of Missouri and graduated from their Agricultural school with honors in 1958. After college he proudly served in the US Army and was based in Alaska where his son David was born to him and his first wife Barbara Crider. His farming experience eventually brought him to Farmington in 1962 where his son, Roger was born. He was employed by Production Credit where he was a loan officer and later Vice-President for over twenty years. In 1974 he married Katharine (Kathy) Straughan of Farmington. They would have been married 40 years this August.
Joe was a lifelong Methodist and was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Bonne Terre, Mo. Through the years he served the Lord in local district, and conference positions. He enjoyed delivering meals for the Farmington Nutrition Center; following Farmington High School sports, MAC sports, and the St. Louis Cardinals; and playing Rook with his family. He was a member of the American Legion Post 416 and the Rotary Club of Farmington.
He is survived by his wife Kathy, his son Rev. David and wife Nancy of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and son Roger and wife Anne, of Mount Juliet, Tenn. Five grandchildren, Alicia (Kansas City), Alex (New York City), Amber (Clinton, Mo.), Christy (Dallas, Texas), Ben (Poplar Bluff), and one step-grandson, Sam Gray (Mt .Juliet, Tenn.). His sister, Linda and her husband Jim Anibal of Tucson, Ariz. His nephew Scott Anibal (Taiwan) and niece Allison and husband Steve Buus and family (Raleigh, N.C.). His mother-in-law Dorothy Straughan and sister-in-law Karen Young and family all of Farmington.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be held on Saturday June 14th at 2 p.m. in Bonne Terre, Mo. at Centenary United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Michael Kelpe.