Wells Stewart

November 28, 1932September 18, 2012

Judge Wells Stewart passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, the 18th of September 2012, in Kerrville, Texas. Although Wells considered himself a resident of Houston and Corpus Christi, for the past several years he and his wife Susan have lived in Kerrville, where he obtained much pleasure from spending time with his youngest granddaughter.

Wells loved and was loved by his family and many dear friends. He will be remembered for the twinkle in his blue eyes, his witty sense of humor, and his passion for fishing and hunting. From bridge to backgammon, classical music to cooking, Wells enjoyed sharing his many hobbies and interests with friends and family.

Wells was born in San Antonio on the 28th of November 1932 to Maco and Virginia Kirkland Stewart. He attended Lawrenceville School, Princeton University, and the University of Texas Law School. Wells was an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County and later became Judge of the 308th District Court of Texas. He held positions in many civic organizations, including Director of Goodwill Industries, Director of the Board of Regents of Texas Southern University, Director of the Houston Association of Big Brothers, and Vice President of the Houston Youth Symphony & Ballet. Wells also served on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Board of Harris County. He was a member of Arabia Temple Shriners, Masons, and Downtown Kiwanis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Maco; and by his first wife, Margaret Wright Stewart. Wells is survived by his loving wife, Susan Highrabedian Stewart; and his children: Margot Stewart Campbell, Catherine Stewart Heidrick, Dr. Wells Stewart Jr., Shannon Virginia Stewart, Dr. Laurence Stewart Sawyer, Dr. Ryan Stewart Roberts, and Forrest Vance Stewart. He is also survived by his many grandchildren: Catherine, Reid, Robert, Margaret, Charles, Kirkland, Wells III, Russell, Louise, Sheila, Allie, Josie, and Wren. His niece, Macol, and nephews, Maco and Stewart, also survive him.

A memorial service is to be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 22nd of September, at The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, where the Rev. Reagan Cocke, Associate Rector, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Sumners Hall.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are Dr. Paul Ayars, James E. Brill, Kit Carson, John D. Hagerman, Dr. Martin Hanisch, Judge Manuel Leal, Dr. Claude McLelland, Dale L. Martin, Jack B. Moorhead, Townes Pressler, Jack Scholl, Richard Smith, Donald L. Turner, Tony Vallone, and Carol Vance.

Prior to Saturday afternoon's service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Judge Stewart's name be directed to The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd., Houston, TX, 77019; or to the charity of your choice .


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 22, 2012

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Ben & Barbara Frey

October 17, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
He helped a member of my family when it was needed which I will always be grateful for.

September 26, 2012

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God give you peace and comfort-

Meredith McGuffin Barineau

Tommy Chernosky

September 24, 2012

Although my times with Wells were short, they are strong memories. He was a great man who carried himself so well as a man, a father, and a great friend to my grandfather. My prayers are with you Stewart along with your family. I'm sure him and Doc are laughing at old hunting stories as we speak. All the Best,

Ellen Tippetts

September 24, 2012

Dear Susan and Family- I am saddened by the loss of your Wells and sorry David and I were not able to attend the funeral. I have such fond memories of him and know he was such a good friend to many people. Please keep in touch if you can- I am so close to you here in the hill country and would love to see you.
Ellen Chernosky Tippetts

Jo Ann Evans-Mares

September 23, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the Stewart family at this time. I have wonderful memories of Wells, Pete Gerner and others when we were young and the crazy postcards sent from Arabia and other countries.

Dave Agerton

September 21, 2012

What a delightful, generous man. My sons & I share wonderful memories of Wells from many Troop 55 camp outs at his ranch along the Brazos to the duck nesting boxes he let scouts build and install on his special lakes to the home-made rockets scouts launched into the evening sky and retrieved from his wide open fields. We spent a week-long Boy Scout high-adventure sail offshore Key West, FL with Wells. One evening when we were short of food, he rowed the dingy to a nearby shrimp boat in order to trade something special from his duffle bag for a huge burlap bag of fresh shrimp. Back in the galley, he instructed scouts in the art of cooking scampi. In Houston, he taught scouts the cooking merit badge using the best ingredients ....donated by his favorite butcher.

Kenneth & Susan Hancock

September 21, 2012

Our thoughts are with you, Susan, and all the Stewart family. We have such great memories of Wells that will always make us smile as we recall them. He was a very special person and such a good friend to our family. We will keep you in our prayers.

James & Caralyn Cordell

September 21, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May Gods blessings be with you.

robert welch

September 21, 2012

Love you guys!!!! He was one of my favorites on our Welch's running Team. He was a devoted friend.

Frank Izaguirre Jr.

September 20, 2012

2 Corinthians 5:6-8So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. -My thoughts and prayers for the family and their great loss.