GARY WAYNE STEWART Friday, June 22, 1945 - Sunday, May 28, 2017

Gary Wayne Stewart, age 71, of Billings, Missouri, succumbed to cancer in his home on May 28, 2017. He was born June 22, 1945 in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Floyd and Delsena (Hopkins) Stewart. They preceded Gary in death.

Gary was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. Gary is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara; three sons and their spouses, Randal Stewart, Patrick and Becky Stewart, and Kevin and Candice Stewart; two brothers and spouses, Dean and Gail Stewart and Kent and Jean Ann Stewart; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Gary loved Jesus and served as a pastor for 33 years. Gary joyfully led and served the church and his family, friends and community. Gary was always there to help those in need, lend an encouraging word and comfort to others during times of struggle as well as joy. Gary was a flawed man, but was made like Christ through his active faith. His greatest joy in this life was his wife and “his boys.”

A very special thank you to Kelly Jennings for always being here. Additional thanks to Hospice Compassus in Springfield for their loving care and support.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in the Clever First Baptist Church, at 219 W. Brown St., Clever. Memorial services for Gary will also be at Clever First Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 31 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice Compassus at 1465 E. Primrose, Springfield, MO 65804.

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Service Details: Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in the Clever First Baptist Church, at 219 W. Brown St., Clever. Memorial services for Gary will also be at Clever First Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 31 at 2:00 PM.


pain & death.Dear Stewart family.  I am very sorry to have read of the recent death of your loved one, Gary.  Please accept my sincere condolences.  I would like to share something that I have personally found to be very comforting.  It is found in the Bible at John 5:28,29 & Revelation 21:3-5.  These verses tell us that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones, as well as do away with all of the many causes we have for suffering, including sickness, pain & death.  Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my hope that these thoughts will likewise comfort your family also during this most difficult time in your lives.  
I was so sorry to hear about Gary.  My deepest condolences to his family.  Gary has left behind many precious memories and he will be dearly missed.  May your memories of him bring you comfort as the days and years pass by.  May God grant you peace during this difficult time.  2 Thessalonians 3:16; John 6:40.
our deepest condolences to the family                          
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
You always played such a big part in the singing at the broiler festival. Barbara, what a heavenly choir he is a part of now.
Fly high brother, we will meet again. I pray that your family finds comfort in knowing how much you effected so many people, including me in their time of morning. Your friend and brother in Christ Thumper
I did not know him personally but we were friends on FB. He was a compassionate man always sharing God without being pushy. He will be.missed.
Dear Barbara and family, I was saddened to see Gary's obituary online.  Though we have had only online contact for many years, Gary was my respected colleague since I served as interim pastor at the Crane Presbyterian Church.  He was an encourager, a faithful prayer warrior, and a strong witness for our Lord.  Please know that you will be remembered in my prayers during this time of adjustment.  May God's strength and comfort be yours.
To my friend, Gary.  Don't forget to save me a seat next to ya in the heavenly choir as we will spend all eternity together making a JOYFUL NOISE!
Praying that our Heavenly Father will wrap His arms around you and give you comfort as only He can do. Walking the streets of gold.
Rest in the peace of God, my brother.