Ben Stuart

Benjamin “Ben” Stuart

Services for Mr. Benjamin “Ben” Stuart will be held Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 11 am at Webb Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Steve Taylor and Bro. Gerald Chaney officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Stuart went to be with the Lord on Feb. 23, 2011 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was a member of Russell Baptist Church. He was a 20 year veteran in the United States Marine Corp. While in the service, Mr. Stuart served three tours in Vietnam as a Gunnery and aided in the evacuation of South Vietnam during his last tour. Upon retiring, he and his family returned to Meridian where he became a member of the Meridian Fire department where he served until his retirement due to ill health. He was a wonderful husband and a devoted father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.

He is survived by: his wife, Stella Stuart; his son, Mike and his wife, Phyllis; his daughter, Teri Harris and her husband, Evan; his son, Tim and his wife, Rhonda. Grandchildren: Jason Harris and his fiancé, Lindsey Dearman; Jeff Stuart and his fiance, Courtney Warren; Ashleigh and Alyssa Harris; Julie Von Reed of Gulfport; and Jeb Stuart. .

Sisters: Louise Chaney husband, Rev. Gerald Chaney; Bonnie Sharp, Peggy Johnson, Sally Moore, of Durham, NC.; Grace Brunelle and husband Bill; Nancy Berry of El Cajon, Ca.; Rose Henley. Brothers: Melton Butch Stuart and wife, Lynn; and Roland Stuart and wife, Kaye of Durham, NC.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Annie Bell Copeland Stuart and Shepherd Spencer Stuart; sister, Ida Mae Scott; brother James Stuart, and several stepbrothers and stepsisters, and a niece and nephew.

Pall bearers will be Jason Harris, Jeff Stuart, Tim Miller, Bryan Long, Andy Sellers, David Barfield, Mike Tripi, and Ricky Leister.

Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 pm at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

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