Chris Stewart President, General Manager and Funeral Director
Chris A. Stewart serves as president, general manager and funeral director in charge of Stewart Family Funeral Home. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1983. While at SFA, he was a four year letterman and captain of the football team. In his senior year, he was presented with the Mart Crawford Award for Character, Discipline and Leadership. Chris graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2000. Prior to joining his father in developing Stewart Family Funeral Home, he served as general manager of Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery for 7 years. He has more than 20 years of helping others in the funeral service industry.
Chris is a member of the Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni and Letterman's Association and an active member of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce. He is past president of the East Texas Funeral Directors Association and is a Deacon and Foundation Board member at Green Acres Baptist Church. Chris and his wife Carole have been married for 20 years and have a daughter, Samantha, and a son, Peyton. Carole is a former educator who serves along with Chris in the children's ministry at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler.
Joe Hamby Manager
Joe has been a licensed Funeral Director for over 35 years. He began working for Stewart Family Funeral Home in April of 2014 and was promoted to Manager on October 1, 2015. He attended Tyler Junior College and graduated from the East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore as well as the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services.
Joe served on the executive committee of the United Way of East Texas and was a proud member of the United States Army and Navy, serving in Vietnam in 1968.
He and his wife, Cheryl Ann Baldwin live in Tyler. They have two children, son Chris and daughter, Heather.
Ryan Allen Assistant Manager
Ryan D. Allen grew up around funeral service with his father and uncles serving as funeral directors. Ryan graduated from L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas and went on to graduate from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1996, where he served as sergeant at arms of his class.
Ryan has been employed as a funeral director and embalmer in Henderson, Victoria, and Athens before moving to Tyler in July 2006. He has served families in East Texas for over 10 years. He has been active in the Kiwanis Club and the United Methodist Men's Organization. He serves as past President of the East Texas Funeral Directors Association and is on the Executive Board of the Texas Funeral Directors Association.
Ryan and his wife Kari have two children, Brody, who attends Robert E. Lee High School and plays soccer for FC Dallas and Peyton, who attends Bullard Elementary where he plays football. Ryan and his family are members of Lanes Chapel United Methodist Church. Along with spending time with his wife and children, Ryan enjoys all outdoor sports and is an avid golfer.
Michael Brosang Assistant Manager
Michael C. Brosang serves as a licensed funeral director at Stewart Family Funeral Home. He attended the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen his junior and senior year of high school. While at MMA he was "The Cadet of the Month" his first year, Captain of the golf team for both years, guide for the drill team, served as Staff Sergeant of Echo Company's guide his senior year and was recognized by the United States Marine Corps as a Level LE II.
Michael began working at the age of 18 at Lloyd James Funeral Home with A.C. Smart, Johnnie Stewart and Leonard Rozell. He moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he graduated from Jefferson State University in 1994 and passed the National Board of Funeral Directors Certification in the same year. He was a licensed funeral director in Alabama and Georgia before coming back as a director for Johnnie Stewart at Lloyd James Funeral Home. Michael stepped away from directing in 2000 to support the family businesses. He owned and operated Brosang's Flowers and continued the family commitment of service, still keeping family ties with the Stewart family. The opportunity for Michael to serve again as a licensed funeral director developed in the spring of 2011.
Michael has four boys, Nelson, William, Matthew and a foster son, Adrian Hampton who died of a sudden illness after 6 years with the Brosang's, at the age of 20. Michael loves spending time with the boys, hunting, playing tennis and golfing.
Drew Hutson Funeral Director
Drew was born and raised in Tyler and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 2000. He attended Tyler Junior College where he was a member of the Apache Band. Drew grew up in the funeral business with his dad and began working with him at the age of 18. His dad worked with Johnnie Stewart and now, Drew has the opportunity to work with his son, Chris Stewart. Drew graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2008. He is married to Jennifer Taylor Hutson, a teacher at Owens Elementary. She is also on the Apache Belle Gold Alumni Board and a member of the Junior League of Tyler. They are both members of Green Acres Baptist Church. Drew enjoys spending time with his wife watching the Cowboys play. He also cheers for the Mavericks and Rangers and spends a lot of time outdoors hunting and fishing. Drew's best friend as well as his hunting partner is his Labrador Retriever, Molly.
John R. Fowler Funeral Director
John R. Fowler, who answers to "Randy," joined the Stewart Family Funeral Home staff in April 2017. He brings with him over 30 years of service in the funeral industry. Randy grew up in the city of Lindale, Texas and graduated from Lindale High School. He attended Tyler Junior College, studying business, and earned an Associate's Degree. Later, he attained a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He then attended St. Louis College, in St. Louis, Missouri, to obtain his Funeral Director's License and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
Randy assisted his neighbors and the business community for 27 years in East Texas, West Central Texas and in the Houston area working for the Texas Workforce Commission. He has served on numerous boards and has been involved with several civic organizations, such as The Gideons International and TJC Alumni Association. He is the proud father of four children: Colby and Patrick Jester, Brittany Bowman and Landry Fowler and is the proud grandfather of four: Aiden, Ryland, Dakota and Eli. His daughter, Landry, is a student at Grace Community School in Tyler. Randy, his wife, Dee Dee, and their family attend Lanes Chapel United Methodist Church where he participates in the music ministry and serves as Chairperson on the Board of Stewards and Dee Dee teaches Sunday school.
During his time off, Randy enjoys working in his woodshop and spending time on the lake.
Mark Evans Advance Planning Assistant Sales Manager
Mark Evans serves as a counselor for advanced planning at Stewart Family Funeral Home. Mark is also involved in aftercare, keeping in touch and meeting the needs of our families after the service.
Mark was born in Flint. He attended Tyler Public Schools and graduated in 1971. He continued his education at Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler, where he majored in Economics and Finance. He graduated from Southern Methodist University, Southwestern Graduate School of Banking in 1987. Mark went on to have a successful business career in banking, and received the Outstanding Quality Service Award for Bank One Mortgage of Texas in 1996. He retired from banking after 23 years before joining us at Stewart.
Mark and his wife Mary were married in 1976 and have two daughters and four grandchildren. Mark and his family are founding members of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Flint. In addition to his church, he is active in serving the Knights of Columbus. Over the years Mark has been involved with numerous civic organizations including the Smith County Chapter of the American Red Cross, United Way of Greater Tyler, Texas Society to Prevent Blindness, March of Dimes, East Texas Symphony and is the program committee chairman for the Flint Cemetery Foundation.
Amoung the many things Mark enjoys, his favorites are hunting, golfing and riding his motorcycle.
Kristy Messer Assistant Administrator
Kristy was born and raised in Tyler and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and attended Tyler Junior College. She was employed by the East Texas Medical Center system for 22 years and began working with Stewart Family Funeral Home in April of 2015 as an Assistant Administrator.
Kristy has two children, Kyle and his wife Eileen, who live in Orlando, Florida with her two grandchildren, Brandon and Hayley, and a daughter Megan, who lives and works in Dallas.
She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dog Kaci and in her spare time she enjoys shopping, bowling and traveling, especially to Florida.
Patricia Pfeiffer Assistant Administrator
Patricia was born and raised in Bellaire, Texas (a suburb of Houston) where she attended Bellaire High School. She spent her senior year in Maceo, Alagoas, Brazil as an exchange student. Upon her return, she attended and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Portuguese, which she used in her first job as a bilingual executive assistant at a Brazilian bank in New York City. After a couple of years there, an employee of the bank suggested she apply for a job at Xerox Corporation and Patricia spent the next 21 years in various roles there. Her longest assignment was as a customer service rep, two years of which she spent at the United Nations overseeing their (200 +) copier population.
Patricia moved to the Tyler area in 2011, after the death of her father, in order to provide companionship for her mother. Her father’s funeral was held at Stewart Family Funeral Home and she never forgot the compassion of the staff and the peaceful and pleasant atmosphere. When she found out there was an opening on the administrative staff, she applied and was hired in May of 2017.
Patricia’s leisure activities include watching classic movies, walking her miniature schnauzer, Hollie, spending time with her extended family in Tyler and keeping up with friends from the NYC and Houston areas.