James Ray Stewart, 75, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Ray was a son of the late Mack and Belle Stewart. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Linda Sprinkle, and brother, Roy Stewart.

Ray was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was an avid fan of UNC Tar Heel basketball. He was also a member of Bent Creek Baptist Church. Ray will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda Faulkner Stewart; daughters, Kimberly Fisher (Matt) and Karen Morris (Tim); son, James Michael Stewart; grandchildren, Savannah Langkamp (Sean), Sara Blazer, Colton Stewart, Macy Morris and Jackson Morris; sisters, Judy Roberson (Cecil) and Wilma Prouty (Danny); and brother, Ronnie Stewart (Toni).

The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at Bent Creek Baptist Church. Pastors Sam Bennett and Porter Jennings will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain.

Ray’s family will receive friends beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Soldiers Angels, 2700 NE Loop 410, Ste. 310, San Antonio, TX 78217, soldiersangels.org.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.


Visitation: June 12, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bent Creek Baptist Church
Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: June 12, 2019 12:00 pm

Bent Creek Baptist Church
Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: June 12, 2019 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Linda and family, Terry and I wanted to offer our deepest sympathies. Ray was always the kindest man from the time I knew him as a little girl until now. I would have loved to have seen him and my dad’s faces when they reunited yesterday! No pain, sorrow or tears for them anymore. I take comfort in knowing that I will see them both again. We are praying for strength for all of you. It is hard on the ones left behind.

  2. Linda and family,
    So sorry for your loss. I know that you can have peace and comfort knowing that Ray has entered the gates of heaven and is no longer suffering. Jack and I will continue to pray for you and your family. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

  3. Judy and Family: I was so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I know he has had a long battle and the suffering is now over. He is rejoicing in Heaven now with other family members. I pray God will give you peace and comfort as you face your life without Ray. Love you!

  4. Linda, we can’t imagine Ray not being with you and your close-knit family. We’re deeply sorry for this great loss. Praying God’s tender mercies over you all and asking that His grace and peace will cover you. Much love and hugs across the miles.

  5. Linda and the family, I am so sorry to hear the news. You are in my prayers. Heaven is a sweeter place now.

  6. We are so sorry to hear about your husband and Kim’s dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. Love you

  7. Linda, Kim, Karen and Michael, I’m so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of him and your whole family growing up. Now he is with our Heavenly Father and no more pain or suffering. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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