Halton Baxter (H.B.) Stewart, Jr., 78, of Greenwood, Ark went home to be with the Lord while in his home on Friday, January 10, after a six year battle with cancer. H.B. was born on January 19, 1935 in Fort Smith, AR to Halton Baxter, Sr. and Ruth (Joyce) Stewart. He was employed by the Greenwood School District for 43 years as a teacher, coach, bus driver, and athletic director. H.B. was a Greenwood High School and Arkansas Tech graduate. Coach Stewart was a winner in everything he set out to do, posting records of 120-23 as junior high football coach, 129-79 as senior girls basketball coach, and 144-69 as senior boys basketball coach. Well respected by his peers, he was selected as conference coach of the year, seven times, Arkansas High School Athletic Association ( AHSAA) athletic director of the year, AHSAA Hall of Fame, and the Arkansas Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Stewart’s involvement in the Greenwood community does not just revolve around athletics and coaching. He was an active member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church, serving as a lay speaker, Sunday school teacher, and various other leadership roles. He served on the board of the Directors of Methodist Village and Nursing Home in Fort Smith, Greenwood Education Foundation, and State Electric Examiners Board. H.B. was a 32nd degree mason and lifetime member of lodge 131 of Greenwood, member of the South Sebastian County Historical Society, Greenwood Round-up club, and charter member of the original Greenwood Lion’s club, Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol, and Jaycees. He has served as a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts, secretary of South Sebastian County Fair Board, and March of Dimes and Red Cross drives. Stewart assisted in the establishing of the South Sebastian County Boy’s Club and served as its first president. He and wife, Barbara were selected Greenwood citizens of the year in 1995.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Barbara (Mizell) and four children, all of Greenwood; Jim Cox and wife Janet, Hal and wife Virginia, Myra Bridges and husband Steve, Jan Jamison and husband Leroy. He is survived by one brother Vernon Stewart of Greenwood. He was preceded in death by two siblings, Charles Stewart and Jane Ware, both of Greenwood. Grandchildren include Clay Davis, Josh Davis, Ivy Howard, Story Rush, Madeline Jamison, John Stewart, Kristine Fugett, Jacob Cox, and Jonathan Cox. He is survived by 8 great grandchildren; Rowdy Rush, Nathan and Hal Davis, Brady and Brycen Davis, Natalie Stewart, Jackson Fugett, and Paisleigh Thompson.
Pallbearers were Clay Davis, Josh Davis, Jonathan Cox, Jacob Cox, John Stewart, Kyle Fugett, Brian Rush, Chris Howard, Alex Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were former coaches and athletes and the coffee shop crew.
Services were held at the H.B. Stewart Bulldog Arena on Monday, January 13 under the direction of McConnell Funeral of Greenwood.
Family requests that memorials be given to the Greenwood Athletic Department (420 N. Main, Greenwood, 72936), Greenwood United Methodist Church (P.O. Box 548, Greenwood, 72936) , or Mercy Hospice (3300 South 70th St. Fort Smith, AR, 72903).
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