William Hogue "Bill" Stewart, Jr., 73, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2010 after a prolonged illness. Bill was born on December 25, 1936 in Mullins, SC, the son of the late William and Helen Ayres Stewart. He was predeceased in 2005 by a daughter, Joyce Tambe Stewart.
Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine Rogers Stewart and two sons, William H. Stewart III of Columbia, SC and LeRoy McArthur Stewart and his wife Lisa Stewart of High Point, NC. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Anne, Mac and Alex Stewart of High Point, NC and Virginia Tambe of Salmon, ID. He is also survived by sisters Helen Martin of Florence, SC and Jane Jones of Greer, SC.
Bill was a 1959 Citadel graduate with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, a masters degree in Applied Science in 1961 from the University of Cincinnati and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics from Clemson University in 1964. Upon graduation, he served as a Captain in the US Army. Captain Stewart then served as a researcher at the Lewis Research Center of NASA for 2 years. Upon completion of his military service, Bill joined Milliken Research Corporation in Spartanburg, SC. Bill's many accomplishments during his 38 year career include retiring in 2004 as a Research Fellow, accumulating 15 patents and inventing a foundational printing technology, MILLITRON(R), upon which the carpet division of Milliken is based. His technical expertise was complimented by a management style that mentored many technical people into very successful careers. The Henry M. Millson Award for Invention by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists in 1998 capped a very productive career.
He continued to be actively involved in the Milliken and Cattle farming communities after his retirement. He served on the board of directors of the Spartanburg Livestock Association. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Petty Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Tom Malone. The family will receive friends following the service at Grassland Farm.