Frances Roberts Stewart, 92

by | August 9, 2019 11:50 am

   Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mrs. Frances Roberts Stewart, 92, of Swainsboro, on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Cedar Plantation in Metter.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel with Rev. Donnie Daniels officiating. Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Cemetery near Dellwood with Rev. Cail Pressey officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 3 p.m. until the time of service.

Pallbearers were Matthew McNeely, Bert Stewart IV, Jason McNeely, Corey McNeely, Allan Conlan, Jeremy Way, and Hudson Johnson. Honorary escorts were the Agape Sunday school class of Swainsboro First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Stewart was born December 27, 1926 in Harbeson City, Florida to the late Mack Ray and Janie Rickards Roberts, was a 1943 graduate of Swainsboro High School, and received her secretarial degree from Andrew College in 1945.

Her desire to be a secretary took her to Tallahassee, Florida to Tyndall Field Air Force Base. After the war, bases were being closed, and she transferred to Carrabelle, Florida Army Base and later to the Veterans Administration in Dublin, where she met and married Robert S. Stewart Jr., her beloved husband in 1947.

In 1949, she and her late husband of 56 years moved to Swainsboro and opened Stewart’s Jewelers. The business celebrated its 70th anniversary this year (2019).

Mrs. Stewart was active in church and civic affairs. In the 1970s, she was treasurer of the Swainsboro Merchants Association, helped to organize and played piano for the children’s choirs at the Swainsboro First Methodist Church, and was president of the night circle. Later, as a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, she was church organist, choir pianist, and taught adult Sunday school. She was an avid supporter of the children and youth, helping to organize the missionette program at the First Assembly of God Church as well as play organ for the church, was choir pianist, and taught Sunday school. Mrs. Stewart was a member of Swainsboro First Baptist Church, the Agape Sunday school class, and played piano for the older adult Sunday school opening services. In the last few years, she attended Hawhammock Baptist Church with her family. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Mack Stewart; sister, Jeanette Brinson; and brother, William Roberts.

Survivors include son Robert S. “Sammy” Stewart III (Janice) of Swainsboro; daughter Sallie S. McNeely (Craig) of Swainsboro; sister-in-law Barbara Roberts of Swainsboro; seven grandchildren, Fran Conlan (Allan), Erin Way (Jeremy), Matthew McNeely (Joni), Bert Stewart IV (Hannah), Jason McNeely (Rebecca), Corey McNeely (Brittany) and Bonnie Johnson (Hudson); 12 great-grandchildren, Brett, Marshall, Liam, Kiera, Easton, Charlie, Reese, Kellan, Madelyn, Macy, Piper, and John-Mitchell; and nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Hawhammock Baptist Church Children’s Ministry, 27 Hawhammock Church Rd. Swainsboro, GA  30401.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

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