Mr. Clarence P. Stewart, 90, of Lillington died Saturday, March 2, 2013 at his home. A native of Harnett County, he was the son of the late W.M. and Lizzie Wicker Stewart. Mr. Stewart was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II in the European Theatre, and received the Silver Star and Presidential Citation for Gallantry In Action. Upon returning from the war, he married Elsie Stewart and earned his BS degree in Agriculture from N.C. State University. Mr. Stewart taught in the N.C. Public School System from 1955 to 1962.
In 1962 he became Harnett County Executive Director for ASCS office and was later appointed State Executive Director and retired from that position in 1982. Following his retirement, he served four terms in the N.C. House of Representatives, representing Harnett, Lee and Sampson Counties. Mr. Stewart was a farmer and a member of Spring Hill United Methodist Church where he has served in numerous leadership positions, including Sunday School teacher, Chairman of the Board of Finance and Chairman of the Official Board. Mr. Stewart was a Charter Member of the Boone Trail Ruritan Club, a member of the Boone Trail Booster Club, Chairman of the Golden Leaf District Boy Scouts of America and a 32nd Degree Mason with Harnett County Masonic Lodge #312.
A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at Spring Hill United Methodist Church in Lillington with Rev. Terry Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home and other times at his home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or to Spring Hill United Methodist Church, 1960 Spring Hill Church Road, Lillington, NC 27546.
Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elsie S. Stewart; sons and daughters-in-law, Randall and Nancy Stewart of Rocky Mount; David and Sharon Stewart of Lillington; brother, Edwin B. Stewart of Burlington; sister, Joyce Johnson of Broadway; and six grandchildren, Trey Stewart, Carmen Clipper, Natalie Cortez, Nicholas Stewart, Joshua Stewart and Brian Stewart. He also is survived by his five great grandchildren, Grady and Max Clipper, Hugo and Mia Cortez and Jayden Stewart.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home. Online condolences at www.oquinnpeebles.com.