John Benjamin Stewart, Jr

Born: Wed., Aug. 31, 1949
Died: Thu., May 13, 2004

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John Benjamin Stewart Jr., age 54, Mayor of Union Point, Georgia, died Thursday, May 13, 2004 at Athens Regional Medical Center. He was born in Athens on August 31, 1949 to the late John Benjamin Stewart Sr. and Jean McBee Stewart. After graduating from Greensboro High School in 1967, he attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He served in the Army National Guard and worked at the Farmer''s Bank of Union Point where he later became President. In 1979 he started his first term as Mayor of Union Point and served 25 years during which he helped revitalize the downtown area. In 1984 he founded Stewart Finance Company and over several years had served as President of the Lions Club, Chairman of the Board at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital, and President of the Georgia Industrial Loan Association. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Union Point which he loved dearly. A He is survived by his wife, Janice Simons Stewart of Union Point, GA; four sons, J.B. Stewart of Union Point, GA, Joe Stewart of Union Point, GA, Pete O''Neal and wife Kristy of Greensboro, GA and Win O''Neal of Union Point, GA; one granddaughter, Samantha O''Neal of Greensboro, GA; and a host of other relatives and friends. A Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery in Union Point with Rev. Landon Carey and Rev. Grady Mosely officiating. Serving as pallbearers are Jim Cline, Fred Duke, Richard Campbell, Weldon Sisson, W.H. Rhodes Jr., and David Stephens. The family requests that any memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church , Park Avenue, Union Point, GA 30669 or to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday night at their home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Linda Stephens
   Posted Fri May 14, 2004
Janice and Family: You have my deepest sympathy in your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this heartbreaking time.

Dick & Maybelle Kauffman
   Posted Sat May 15, 2004
We are so sorry to hear of Ben's death. Ben helped us more that anyone in the area when we re-located to Union Point. We have nothing but fond memories of Ben and his family.

Sue M Shirah
   Posted Sat May 15, 2004
I would like to offer my deepest sympathy on the loss of Ben. I wish there was something I could say or do to take the hurt away but only time can help to ease that hurt . I will always remember the good times all of us "old timers" had with Stewart Finance Co. God bless each and every one of you. You will all be in my prayers ! Sincerely, Sue

Pam Vaughn
   Posted Sat May 15, 2004
Janice and family, Since I heard this tragic news on Thursday Morning, I have been praying for you and the boys. I know that God will help you through this sad time. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come. Sincerely, Pam Vaughn

Jimmy Channell
   Posted Sun May 16, 2004
Ben always help me when I needed help, either as a business or personal. Always a smile and a hand shake. I will miss him.

Thurla Sexton Baldwin
   Posted Sun May 16, 2004
Janice and Family: May God keep you and comfort you during your time of loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Thurla Sexton Baldwin

Jackie Channell
   Posted Sun May 16, 2004
Janice and family I know God will be with you at this time of sadness. My prayers are with you and pray that you will continue to be strong through him.

Wanda McCannon
   Posted Sun May 16, 2004
I want you all to know that you are in our prayers. Words cannot ease the pain but just know that our family is praying for yours. Wanda, Franklin, Joey, Robby, Rannie, R.J.

Melinda & Kent Walker
   Posted Mon May 17, 2004
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With deepest sympathy.

Ellen Brock
   Posted Mon May 17, 2004
Joe, I am thinking about you and praying for you. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do. Love, Ellen

Rene'' Henderson
   Posted Thu May 20, 2004
My thoughts and prayers are with the Stewart family. Ben Stewart meant the world to me, and I will miss him.

Claire Kelly Chipman
   Posted Sat May 22, 2004
Janice and family, you know you are family to me and I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.