Iris Stewart

iris stewart

Iris Anne Stewart 82, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her family. 

Iris  was a native of Moore County, born June 18, 1939 to the late John E. and  Fonnie Kennedy Cook. She was a graduate of Elise High School.   Iris held many jobs over her lifetime to provide for her family but her main focus was always on caring for her home and family.   Iris was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  Her family and time spent with them brought her the most joy.   She faithfully served the community in the schools, the church and as the wife of the long time Fire Chief James Stewart, behind the scenes making things happen.  Iris attended countless ball games and community events and always made time for the friends of her children in her home.  She will be remembered for her beautiful flower garden,  the wonderful meals she prepared and the deserts that she shared.   Iris was a faithful member of Tabernacle United Methodist Church.   She was ready with a smile for everyone, a sweet disposition and a “Big Heart” for family and friends.  

In addition to her parents, Iris was preceded in death by husband of 55 years, James “Boop” Stewart; brother: John Earle Cook, Jr.; uncle: James Judson “Jim” Cook.

Iris is survived by daughter: Leslie Rolfe and husband Rod, of Pinehurst,  sons: Rodney Stewart and wife Jane, of Glendon, Brian Stewart, of Winterville;  grandchildren: Jonathan Stewart, of Wilmington, Elizabeth Parnell and husband Brandon, of Glendon, Brianna Cunningham and husband Michael, of Tampa, Fl.; great grandchildren: Isabella Jane,  Hazel Grace, Logan Michael; nephew: John Earle “Tripp” Cook III; and many friends.  

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Pine Rest Cemetery, with the Reverend Vic Hill officiating.  

The body will lie in repose from 3 to 6 PM on Tuesday, April 26, 2022  Kennedy Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home..

Memorials may be made to Tabernacle United Methodist Church, P O Box 395, Robbins, NC 27325 and FirstHealth Hospice, 150 Applecross Road, Pineshurst, NC 28374.

Kennedy Funeral Home is assisting the Stewart Family

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Graveside Service: April 27, 2022 11:00 am

Pine Rest Cemetery
Highway 705 South
Robbins, NC 27325

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  1. Prayers for Iris Ann’s family. Look to the Lord for comfort, help and strength now and in the days ahead.

  2. Brian, Leslie and Rodney, you and your family all are in our thoughts and prayers. You were blessed to have such a wonderful, kind and sweet mother. She is at peace!

  3. Leslie, Rodney, Brian, & families:
    Our thoughts & prayers are with each of you. I will always remember Mrs Stewart for always being so sweet & kind to me any time I saw her.

    Judy Nall Ritter & family

  4. I will always remember her laugh & the wonderful times we had together at Aunt Fonnie’s home. Not only that all the times she & Aunt Fonnie came to visit our family. She will be missed so much!
    She was so sweet, loving & caring.
    Our thought & prayers are with the family. We pray you will have peace
    As you deal with the loss of your Mom. You have great memories that will always
    Be with you. May God bless you.💕💕
    Love you,
    Linda & Bobby Wallace

  5. To Rodney and all her family,
    Our love, prayers and sympathy to each of you!! May HIS love and comfort sustain you.

  6. Prayers for all the family. Mrs. Stewart was a wonderful kind lady and dedicated to the Robbins Fire Rescue as the wife to our former Chief (Boop) Stewart and through the ladies auxiliary for many years.

  7. Prayers for Brian, Rodney and family….so blessed to have known such a Godly person; for me, my family and community. She was always with a smile and asking how our family was doing. May God comfort you until we are all called home. RIP!

  8. Leslie, Rodney and Brian,
    We are all heartbroken to hear that Iris passed away. She was certainly a light in this world and she will be missed by so many. She was so very proud of all of you and your families. She was also such a great friend and support to me and our entire family. We love you all very much and know that your father was there to welcome her with open arms.
    Love to all,
    Mary Frye Erwin

  9. My deepest condolences to Leslie, Rodney, and Brian on the passing of Iris. She was a sweet lady with a beautiful smile that I’ll never forget, so please know that my prayers are with all of you at this time.

  10. Leslie, Rodney and Brian,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Many fond memories flood my mind of days growing up at the Woodmen pool, Cub Scouts and on the baseball diamond. She was always present and truly one of my “childhood moms” that treated me as one of her own.

  11. My sincere Sympathy and Prayers for all Iris’s children and family! Such a nice lady and loved by all who knew her!

  12. Leslie,Rodney, Brian and family, Kim and I are grieved for you all in the loss of Mrs. Iris. Such a positive, friendly. caring lady with a big smile that always comforted you when in her presence. Always a great friend to our mother. She will be missed. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams.

  13. Iris will be greatly missed.She was such a kind and caring person. She was a great neighbor.I wil miss seeing her drive by♥️

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