Daniel D. Stewart, Jr. of Lexington passed away June 13, 2019 at UK Hospital, just 2½ weeks from his 90th birthday. He was the son of the late D.D. and Mary Gilbert Stewart of Flat Lick. Dan is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betsy Royalty Stewart, one son, Daniel Deronda (Dee) Stewart, III, and several cousins. He owned Stewart Coal and Oil Co.
He served as Deacon, Elder, and Chairman of the Congregation at Central Christian Church in Lexington. He and his family were active members of the First Christin Church in Pineville. His family came into Knox County with Dr. Thomas Walker prior to Daniel Boone’s arrival several years later. His grandfather was the late Judge James Gilbert who had been Circuit Judge for Bell and Harlan Counties and Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Dan maintained many ties to Pineville and Bell County and always considered Pineville to be his home. His friends included Pineville natives Elwood and Mason Combs, Paul Green, Boone Logan, George Reese, Dr. David Asher, Duncan Asher, Dr. George Asher, Clint Taylor, Dr. Leo Taylor, Les Spaulding, Sam Morgan, John Rowland, Charlie and Tom Goodin, Art, Bob and Charlie Walters, James Purciful, Steve Cawood, Jim Brittain, Preston Slusher, Charlie Grace, Bob Madon, Dennis, Frank and Gus Ikerd, Lee Tom Hopkins, Johnny Jones, John Brock, Joe Akers, Richard Park, Dr. Babe Slusher, among many others.
He was President of S.E.C.D.A. and was past Director of United Way of the Bluegrass and the Better Business Bureau; Vice President of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; President of the Kentucky Independent College Foundation; President and Director of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival; and a UK Fellow.
Dan was a member of LaFayette Chapter, SAR and Sons of Colonial Wars, past member of the Lexington Club, Middlesboro Country Club, Keeneland Club, Pendennis Club and Spindletop. He traveled to many foreign countries, flew on the Concorde, sailed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth II, and vacationed at Long Boat Key, FL, Jackson Hole, WY and White Sulphur Springs, WV.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Terence O’Neill. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Central Christian Church, Culver Academies, or Midway University. Honorary pallbearers are Trustees of Midway University, Directors of Lexington Rotary Club and Directors of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival.
Visitation will be at the Central Christian Church in Lexington after 12 Noon Wed., June 19 until the funeral hour at 2 P.M. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery.