Johnny Stewart

Fred Stewart

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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.

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Johnny Stewart has been appointed by Mayor Scott Hopson to the Eudora Planning Commission.  Stewart fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Dr. Patrick Jankowski in December 2010.

Stewart’s appointment became official when the City Council unanimously approved it during the City Council meeting on Monday night. Stewart comes to the Planning Commission after serving as the Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

“The planning commission has a diverse and experienced crew in place today, my hope is that I can learn from the current members and potentially contribute new insight based on my life experiences. ” Stewart said.

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