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James Ray "J.R." Stewart

June 13, 1942 — October 22, 2023

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James Ray “J.R.” Stewart, 81, retired Quality Control Engineer for Union Carbide and resident of Columbia, died Sunday, October 22, 2023, at Maury Regional Medical Center.

 

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 26, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Ball officiating. Burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19. The family will visit with friends Wednesday, October 25, 2023, from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

 

The family suggests memorials to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD, 21741. Condolences may be extended online at www.oakesandnichols.com.

 

Born June 13, 1942, in Maury County, he was the son of the late James Austin Stewart and the late Lucy Virginia Counts Stewart. On October 24, 1964, he married Linda Fay Counts Stewart who preceded him in death May 11, 2015. He served in the United States Navy. A family man, Mr. Stewart enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling to see his son while he was in the military. He was an avid bowler, coached baseball, softball, and bowling. Mr. Stewart was a fan of 50’s music and was of Baptist faith. After retirement from the carbon plant, he worked as a Consultant for Union Carbide and Mercer.

 

Survivors include his daughter, Debbie Auville of Columbia; sons, Jimmy (Mary) Stewart of Medellin, Colombia; Chris Stewart of Columbia; grandchildren, Ben (Katie) Auville of Santa Fe; Eric Auville of Columbia; Jonathan (Kasey) Stewart of Jacksonville, Florida; Vanessa Stewart of Cumming, Georgia; Isabella Stewart of Medellin, Colombia; great grandchildren, Jackson Auville of Santa Fe; Sawyer Auville of Santa Fe; Joslyn Auville of Cornersville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Active pallbearers will be Phillip Counts, Mike Ransom, and Ray Lewis.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home

320 W 7th St, Columbia, TN 38401

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home

320 W 7th St, Columbia, TN 38401

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