Funeral for retired director Phillip Stewart planned Thursday PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00

    Fourth generation funeral director and embalmer Phillip L. Stewart, 71, passed away on Tuesday, July 13.
    The elder Stewart served as President of L.B. Stewart and Son Funeral Home, located on North First Street in Scottsburg, a family-owned and operated business for over 100 years that started as a furniture-making and undertaking firm in 1903.
    During his professional life, Stewart was a well-known figure in the community. He was a member of the Scottsburg First Christian Church and served several terms on the Scottsburg City Council. He was a retired former chairman of the Board of Directors of The Scott County State Bank and served on the board of the Scottsburg Cemetery Association.
    He was also a Past Master and member of Scottsburgh Lodge 572 F&AM and the Scottish Rite, Valley of Indianapolis and Murat Temple of Indianapolis. Memberships also included the Scott County Moose Lodge and Family Center 2324. An Eagle Scout, he was a former Boy Scouts of America leader.
    Phil Stewart was born in Scottsburg on December 3, 1937, the son of the late Charles Merrill and Ida Mae Woelflin Stewart. He was an outstanding basketball player, leading the Warriors to a Final Four appearance against the Crispus Attucks team that featured Oscar Robinson.
    Phil graduated with the Class of 1956 at Scottsburg High School and went on to Transylvania University in Kentucky on a basketball scholarship. He graduated there in 1960 with a pre-med degree and was inducted as a member of the university's Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1961, he attended the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. Upon graduating, he joined his grandfather Newell Stewart and father Charlie in the family business.
    His survivors include his wife, the former Marsha York; a son, Phillip Todd Stewart and wife Sharon; two daughters, Tracey Mullins and husband Tim and Erin Stewart; a sister, Jerilyn Kay Thomas and husband Rick; a granddaughter, Holly Stewart; and Norma Stewart, mother of his children.
    Calling at the Stewart Funeral Home is planned today (Wednesday) from 4 to 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 16. Larry J. DeWitt will officiate at the service.
    Burial will be in Scottsburg Cemetery.
    Memorial gifts may be arranged through the staff of the funeral home to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Scott County, Vista Care or the Myositis Association.
    On-line condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting the funeral home's website at www.stewartfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 07:59