Former Harnett and Lee state house representative passes away

Mar. 03, 2013 @ 04:58 AM


LILLINGTON — Clarence P. Stewart, 90, of Lillington, died Saturday (3/2/2013) 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 United States 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 North Carolina State University. Mr. Stewart taught in the NC 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.  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 and chairman of the Board of Finance and Chairman of the Official Board.  He 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.

Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m.. Tuesday at Spring Hill United Methodist Church, Lillington, with the Rev. Terry Williams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday 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.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elsie S. Stewart, sons Randall Stewart and wife Nancy of Rocky Mount and David Stewart and wife Sharon of Lillington; brother Edwin B. Stewart of Burlington; sister Joyce Johnson of Broadway; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements by O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home

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