Tommy Dale Stewart, 84, of Gonzales, passed away Sept. 13, 2018 at the Heights Nursing Home in Gonzales. Dale was born on Feb. 2, 1934 in Gouldbusk in Coleman County. He was the son of Tom and Ollie Stewart.
Dale had many great talents and was noted for his western art. In his lifetime he had some great paintings and he had many bronze sculptures, one life-sized. He also did a bust of Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotels chain, which was a great accomplishment. He also did several busts of John Wayne and an excellent one of Willie Nelson.
He received many awards for his art. He was also a welder, a ranch manager and served in the U.S. Army from June 1953 – June 1956.
Dale is survived by his daughter, Lori Jean Riojas and her husband Eric of Abilene, their daughter Brandi Wilson of Dallas, and Tristan Riojas of Abilene and their deceased daughter, Britani Wilson; son, James Dean Spillers and wife, Doreen of Angleton and their daughters, Andrea Marks of Virginia and Aimee Kalos of Katy and grandson, Walker Ashley Marks of Virginia; sister, Sue Hicks and husband Leroy of Cibolo; brother, Jim Stewart and wife, Sara of Brazoria; sister, Rebecca (Becky) Droupy and husband Dennis of Gonzales; brother Charles Stewart and wife, Laura of Devine; brother, the late Ted Stewart and wife Madge of Cypress; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends. Dale was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ted; daughter, Kami Linn; and granddaughter Britani.
Dale was a true cowboy and loved the outdoors. Dale was a character and always tried to make people happy and give them a smile. He was a great story teller and could hold your attention for hours. Most of all, Dale, loved Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior and made his confession of faith at a young age. He is grinning from ear to ear because he is in his eternal home with Jesus and his past loved ones. He will forever be missed.
Dale donated his body to the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. Family and friends will have a “Celebration of Life” Ceremony on Nov. 24 at the VFW in Gonzales.