Robert E. Stewart, age 76, of Early died Sunday evening, Nov. 24, 2013, at the Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene following a short illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. David Medley, pastor of the Early First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Eastlawn Memorial Park with a visitation following at the Early United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

He was born May 6, 1937, in Brown County, the son of the late Williard “Bill” and Ione Ashley Stewart. Following his graduation from high school, he attended Howard Payne College and later joined the U.S. Navy in 1956 and served as an Electronics Technician. He was married to Nancy Chesser in Brownwood on Dec. 16, 1960. He operated Stewart Sales and Service for 18 years after working 33 years for GTE.

Robert served his community in a number of organizations having served on the Early School Board for 12 years, serving as President for 9 years, the Board of Directors of the Brown County Appraisal District, on the Appraisal revue board of the Brown County Appraisal District, and on the Board of Directors of Region 15 Education Service Center. He also served on many committees at the Early First United Methodist Church and helped to build the new activity center.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Early; two daughters, Nannell Mooney and husband Pat of Early and Tammy Poole and husband Jerry of Brownwood; five grandchildren, Chance Mooney, Matthew Mooney, Michael Mooney, Justin Poole and Ashely Poole; a brother, Frank Stewart and wife Jean of Cedar Hill; a sister, JoAnn Brooks and husband John of San Antonio; and numerous nieces, nephew and cousins also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jack Stewart.

The family request memorials be made to the Early United Methodist Church. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net