Ernest O. “Doc” Stewart Jr., 81, of Clovis died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at the Lubbock Heart Hospital.
He was born Sept. 2, 1924, to Ernest and Dixie Seawright Stewart in Paducah, Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific on P.T. boats during World War II.
He married Martha Blide on March 4, 1943, in San Diego.
They moved to Clovis in January 1955, where he became sales manager at Max Meador’s Chevrolet dealership. He became the owner in 1965 and renamed it Doc Stewart Chevrolet-Buick, owning it for 40 years. He belonged to the National Automobile Association and the New Mexico Car Dealers Association. He was a licensed embalmer and funeral director. He was named “Boss of the Year” and “Man of the Century” by the city of Clovis in 2000. He was a Rotarian, Knights of Pythis Lubbock Lodge, a member of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, Committee of Fifty, and chairman of the Washington Committee for 12 years.
A recreational area was named after him at Cannon Air Force Base. In 2003, he was appointed by the governor to the Air Power Advisory Board. The Clovis City Commission proclaimed Nov. 22, 2005, as “Doc Stewart Day.” He was also selected as an honorary Thunderbird by the U.S. Air Force. In 2006, he received the ACC Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in Washington, D.C.
He was a charter member of Sandia Baptist Church and a member of Central Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife; four sons, retired Col. John Stewart (and wife, Jeanne) of Fort Worth, retired Brig. Gen. Kit Stewart (Coy) of Tucson, Ariz., Bobby Jack Stewart (Donna) of Clovis and Mark Stewart (Jodie) of Fort Worth; a sister, Mary Beth Andrews of Jasper, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Simler (Kristalyn), Barrret, Kyle (Christie), Elizabeth and Madison Stewart, Jason Pinzer and Laura Ferratt (Brion); eight great-grandchildren; two nephews, Rod Adamson (Linda) and Rex Adamson (Charmaine).
Herbert Bergstrom and Mike Eberhardt will officiate services. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home; and from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday at Central Baptist Church.
Burial will be at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.
Honorary pallbearers will be Col. John Stewart, Brig. Gen. Kit Stewart, Bobby Jack Stewart, Mark Stewart, Barret Stewart and Kyle Stewart, Jeremy Simler, Jason Pinzer, Rod Adamson, Rex Adamson and all Committee of Fifty Members.
The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to Baptist Children’s Home, 2200 S Ave. I, Portales, N.M. 88130, or to the Fisher House Foundation, 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. 20852.
Full military honors will be performed by the Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home.