History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

In an effort to bring close personal service back to funeral service in this area, Chris and Johnnie Stewart built a beautiful new funeral home in Tyler. It is the first new funeral home to come to Tyler in more than 40 years. Today, amidst all the large funeral home conglomerates, Stewart Family Funeral Home stands apart as an independent family owned and operated funeral home. Our new funeral home was founded with a sincere desire to help those in need with warm and caring personal service, a wide selection of merchandise and funeral options to fit every budget.

Our Valued Staff

  • Chris  Stewart

    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 Business 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 in honor for his Loyalty, Dedication, Spirit and Pride. 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 in Tyler for 7 years. He has more than 30 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. He continues to support the Lumberjacks athletics. He is a member of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Tyler Better Business Bureau, East Texas Funeral Directors Association (Past Chairman), National Funeral Directors Association and The International Order of the Golden Rule. He also serves on the Board of Meals on Wheels of East Texas. Chris and his wife Carole have been married for 28 years and have a daughter, Samantha, and a son, Peyton. Carole is a former educator and a stay-at-home mom who is a member of the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler. Chris and Carole are active members of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler where Chris is Past Chairman of the Green Acres Baptist Church Foundation and serves as a deacon and Sunday School teacher in the student ministry. Chris enjoys golf, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends at the lake.

  • Joe Hamby

    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 and was a Criminal Investigator for Smith County. He was also a graduate of 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 was married to the late Cheryl Ann Baldwin of Tyler. He has two children: son, Chris Hamby and wife Terri and daughter, Heather Hamby Long and husband Judd. He also has three stepdaughters: April Baldwin Lindskog and husband Thomas, Holli Baldwin Boulware and husband Eric and Carrie Baldwin Beck and husband Michael.

  • Michael  Brosang

    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

    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

    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 and then attained a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Randy attended St. Louis College, in St. Louis, Missouri, to obtain his Funeral Director's License and attended Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas to obtain his Embalmer's License. He 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. Randy and his wife Dee Dee have been married for 25 years and have four children: Colby and Patrick Jester, Brittany Bowman and Landry Fowler, and are proud grandparents of five: Aiden, Ryland, Dakota, Eli, and Sam. Their daughter Landry attends Tyler Junior College and is an Apache Belle. Randy, Dee Dee, and their family attend Lanes Chapel United Methodist Church where they have participated in the music ministry, chairperson of the Board of Stewards, and teaching Sunday School.
    During his time off, Randy enjoys working in his woodshop and spending time on the lake.

  • Gerry Moore

    Gerry Moore Funeral Director

    Gerry Moore joined the Stewart Family Funeral Home staff in 2018, bringing 18 years of funeral directing experience. He is an honor graduate of the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Science in Houston. Gerry and his wife Tess are both veterans of the U.S. Navy and have two lovely daughters, Ashley and Viktoria. In his spare time, he enjoys working with the youth of his church.

  • Tommy W. Stewart

    Tommy W. Stewart Funeral Director

    Tommy W. Stewart was born in Tyler and started working in a Tyler funeral home at the age of 13, driving a hearse in funeral processions before having a driver's license. He was first licensed as a Texas Funeral Director-Embalmer in 1971.
    He is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and Tyler Junior College. He received a B.S. degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master's Degree from Southern Methodist University. Tommy is also a graduate of Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science.
    He retired from the banking industry after 41 years and returned to his roots as a funeral director at Stewart. He has been married to his second-grade girlfriend for 50 years and are parents of two grown daughters and 3 grandchildren.
    He and Margaret are members of Marvin United Methodist Church, Willow Brook Country Club and have served on numerous boards and committees of many Tyler area civic clubs and organizations.

  • Ron Helm

    Ron Helm Funeral Director

    Ron serves as a licensed funeral director at Stewart Family Funeral Home. Ron graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science Online Program where he was initiated into the Pi Sigma Eta Academic Fraternity.

    He is a retired military veteran with 25 years of service to our country. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with "Valor" for actions taken against the enemy forces in Iraq, along with other distinguished awards for multiple deployments throughout his career. Ron served in three combat deployments and one peace keeping mission.

    Ron is married to Laura (Willis) Helm. She is a native of Texas and Vice-Principal of Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy in Tyler.

  • Jarryd Hall

    Jarryd Hall Funeral Director

    Jarryd serves as a licensed funeral director at Stewart Family Funeral Home. Jarryd graduated from Amarillo College with his funeral director's license. He also has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Sul Ross University. He served on the police force for a short time before finding his calling in the funeral business.

    Jarryd is married to Oralia Hall. She works for Tyler ISD. They are members of Woodland Hills Baptist Church.

  • Francie Fulgham

    Francie Fulgham Funeral Planner

    Francie Fulgham serves as a State Licensed Funeral Planner at Stewart Family Funeral Home. She was born and raised in the East Texas area. She graduated from Athens High School, attended Henderson County Junior College and graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and an Associate’s in Business Management. She has always had a passion for helping people and has spent over 20 years in the Insurance and Financial Industry.
    Francie and her husband, Libby, live in Chandler. They have four children and are members of Friendly Baptist Church. Francie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking, golfing and traveling.

  • Vicki Diamont

    Vicki Diamont Administrator

    Vicki Diamont joined Stewart Family Home in March 2018 as an Assistant Administrator. Vicki was born and raised in the Lubbock, Texas area. She moved to Tyler in 1984 and attended Tyler Jr. College. She later moved to Jacksonville where she raised her two children. She worked as an Executive Assistant/Operations Coordinator for a Taco Bell Franchisee for 25 years. She enjoys reading and traveling. She also volunteers for the Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue.

  • Dina George

    Dina George Assistant Administrator

    Dina joined the Stewart Family in January 2021 as an Assistant Administrator. She has lived in the Winona/Lindale area for over 20 years. She has over 20 years administration experience in the oil and gas industry. While not working, she enjoys going to concerts, listening to music, spending time with family and snuggling with her cats and dogs.