Obituary for Richard A. Stewart

Richard A. Stewart was born on April 25, 1952 and departed this life on January 23, 2022 at Moore Regional Hospital.  Richard was the son of the late Thomas and Florence Stewart; 1 of 6 children (born in Jamaica Queens New York).  They relocated to Taylortown, North Carolina where he graduated from Pinecrest High School.

Richard served in the Army prior to beginning his career in law enforcement.  He joined the Southern Pines Police Department on July 1, 1977 and thoroughly enjoyed helping those in the community for 32 years before retiring March 31, 2009.  Outside of policing over the years Richard has offered security services to local businesses and owned a detail company.

Above everything, Richard’s favorite pastime was cooking.  Whether for Stewart Unique Catering, a grieving family or with friends – he loved sharing food.  He would challenge anyone in the kitchen and if he ever shared a recipe with you then you are truly special to him.  If not in the kitchen he was traveling, shopping or spending time with his family.  He served faithfully for years at the River Church with Bishop Joby and Pastor Sheryl Brady; now under the leadership of Bishop Ronald Godbee.

Richard is survived by his wife of 29 years, Muriel Stewart and his siblings; James Stewart, Perry Stewart, Para Stewart, Thomasina Stewart and Kenneth Stewart.  He was preceded in death by his son Adrian Stewart and his daughter Candra Stewart.  His life legacy will be continued through his children; Ramant Stewart, Jordan Stewart, Kevin “Sarod” Smith and Azia Whitted, as well as his 11 grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.   

A visitation will be held on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM at Boles Funeral Home, 425 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387.  A funeral service will be held at Pinecrest High School – Robert E. Lee Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines, NC 28387 on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 1:00PM.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines. 

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