Fred Stewart

Fred Stewart

Eudora News and

Former Mayor and City Councilman Fred Stewart passed away early Sunday morning in Eudora at the age of 72. Stewart, according to his obituary, suffered from heart problems.

Stewart served as Mayor of Eudora from 1997 until 2001.  Stewart also served on the Eudora City Council from 2007 until 2010 when he stepped down due to health issues.

“It’s a sad thing about Fred,” current Mayor Scott Hopson said. “He was a part of our community for a number of years and will be greatly missed.”

Ruth Hughs, a retired Eudora school teacher and Stewart’s replacement on the City Council recalled Stewart fondly.

“He always cared about Eudora,” Hughs stated.  “He was a really interesting and kind man.  He had time for everybody.”

Stewart, originally from Timbo, Arkansas, ran several business over the years in Eudora including a saw mill, firewood distributor, restuarant owner, pipe fitter, and in his retirement, a farmers market stall.

Stewart is survived by daughter Patricia Betteken and son Johnny Stewart, who currently is a member of the Eudora Planning Commission.  Other survivors include his sister Martha Wilson, sister in laws Betty Stewart of Conway, AR, Ilene Stewart of Luray, MO,  Mary Ann Stewart and special friend Glenda Rose.

Stewart will be buried in an intimate graveside service in Timbo, AR.