William Gerald Stewart, Jr., 79, of Paducah, died Monday, May 14, 2018 at Baptist Health-Paducah. Gerald was born in Paducah, Ky on April 23, 1939 to William and Gerald Stewart and Ethel Thompson Stewart. He was a raduate of Paducah Tilghman High School and attended Paducah Community College. He served thirty-five years on the Paducah Fire Department with eight of those as Fire Chief. he was a longtime member and former president of IAFF Local 168; former president of Kentucky Professional Fire Fighters; served as president of Kentucky Firefighter Association; was chairman of Paducah 911 Board; was a forty year lobbyist for Kentucky Fire SErvice where he was instrumental in implementing the passage of House Bill 525 which established incentive pay for fire and police; was chairman of Kentucky Fire Commission; and was board chairman for American Red Cross. Gerald was a fifty year member of Heartland Church and served as deacon. In his leisure time, he enjoyed spending time at his cabin and driving his pontoon boat on Kentucky Lake.
Surviving are his wife of sixty years, June Bolte Stewart; children, Michael (Sandra) Stewart of Fresno, CA, Debra (Dennis) Bell of Paducah, and Greg (Debbie) Stewart of Paducah; grandchildren, Heather stewart, Mathew Bell, Dustin Bell, TRacy Bell, Allison Tennessen, Katie Stewart and Kelly Stewart; great-grandchildren, Leah Bell, Mathew Bell, Tamera Graham, Gianna Bell Deacon Bell and Davin Bell.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Johnna S. Stooksbury; sister, Julia Mae Smithson; and his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 2pm Friday at Heartland Church with Dr. Nathan Joyce and Pastor Don Young officiating. Burial will follow at Maplelawn Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Friday at the church.
Conributions may be made to Forward Project, c/o Heartland Church, 4777 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, KY 42001.
You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.milnerandorr.com.
Friday, May 18th, 2018 2:00pm, Heartland Church
Maplelawn Park Cemetery