Ronald Barry Stewart, age 60, passed away peacefully at his home with loved ones at his side on Friday April 16, 2021 after a serious illness. Ron was received by his Savior Jesus Christ and is now in the arms of his God Almighty who has prepared a place for him. Ron will be greatly missed by his family and many friends, who are all looking forward to seeing him again when the time comes.
Ron was born in Pensacola, Florida and lived in Mobile County, Alabama. He attended KJ Clark Middle School and Vigor High School where he was a member of the marching band. After graduation, Ron joined the military and moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he served as Master Sergeant and Machine Shop Supervisor at the 117th Air National Guard Unit located at the Birmingham International Airport.
During his 33 years of service, he was deployed to many locations around the world, including Europe, Turkey and Guam where he enjoyed the local scenery and culture. During his travels, he developed a hobby of scuba diving and enjoyed viewing the undersea creatures and beautiful underwater environment.
Ron also grew up with a love of all things outdoors including fishing, boating, hunting and trail riding. He was a member of the Rabon Sportsman Hunting Club in Baldwin County, Alabama where he considered everyone a friend and enjoyed many days in the woods experiencing the sights and sounds of nature.
Ron was a loving and generous man who held his family and friends very dear to his heart and was always willing to use his many “fix-it” skills to help out when needed. In his retirement, he enjoyed vacationing with family and spending time with his loved ones. He had a great sense of humor, liked to joke around and laugh as much as possible.
Ron was a loving and caring husband and is survived by his wife, Leslie Stewart. He was a loving and proud father and is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Maegan and Kevin Lolies of Baltimore, MD. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Annette Thomas of Bay Minnette. AL; his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Stewart (J.W. and Bonnie) of Stockton, AL; his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James Stewart (Jimmy and Caroline) of Casselberry, FL; his nephew Matthew Stewart and his children Matthew and Elizabeth Stewart, of Milton, FL; nephew David Stewart (Vanessa) of Mobile, AL; and nephew Daniel Stewart (Carolyn) of Atmore, AL. Ron is also survived by his three step-children, Jessie Holmes of Mobile, AL and Daniel and Brad Holmes, both of FL; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins including Mr. Dennis Vickery of Jackson, AL; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Drew (Gay) and family of Atmore, AL; Mr. and Mrs. Al Fincham (Jan) and family of Gordonsville. VA; cousins Jennifer and Greg Stewart of Cherokee, NC; half-sisters Stacey Lanham (Mitchell) and Tracey Wasdin and their families and step-sisters Shama Thompson (Malcom) and Jackie Hadley.
The family wishes to sincerely thank the many healthcare professionals who cared for Ron during his illness, including Dr. Robert Shaffer of Gastro Health in Birmingham who took a special interest in Ron and became a friend as well as his physician; Dr. Bella Patel of Pelham Internal Medicine who was his primary care physician; the doctors and nurses at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, UAB Hospital and Kirkland Clinic, and Shelby Baptist Hospital who all provided him with excellent care throughout his illness. The family also wishes to thank the Alabaster Fire and Rescue teams and ambulance services for their professionalism and assistance and all of the employees of the Comfort Care Hospice Services who provided Ron with additional care, support and equipment during his final days here.
The family also wishes to thank family, friends, and all others who prayed for him during his illness. Each and every one of those prayers were greatly appreciated. As we say goodbye to Ron here on Earth, we know and rejoice that he is now free of illness and pain and is in heaven with our Creator where we hope to join him someday. God bless his family and friends during this time and help us all remember Ron as a wonderful and precious soul who touched so many lives. In Jesus’ Holy name, Amen.
Graveside services and burial will be held Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at the Alabama State Veterans Cemetery with Reverend Jason Hughes officiating.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Norris Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ron’s name to an Alabama Veterans Support group/home of your choice. Thank you.
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