James Ramsay Stewart

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James Ramsay Stewart, M.D., 55, of Palmhurst, Texas, died peacefully Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Valley Baptist Hospital, Harlingen, Texas.


He was born March 4, 1958, in Gallipolis, Ohio.


Dr. Stewart graduated Pennsylvania State University magna cum laude in 1980, receiving the Eisenhower Award for academic excellence. He was a graduate of Southwestern Medical School at the University of Texas, graduating with honors in 1984. He performed his residency in internal medicine at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was board certified in internal medicine.


He practiced medicine in the Public Health Service in New Mexico followed by several years in practice in Henderson, Nev., before settling in the McAllen, Texas, area. He was named Top Doctor based on peer nomination from U.S. News and World Report. He was a physician at McAllen Primary Care for several years and operated his own practice until his demise.


Dr. Stewart was devoted to his patients and served as president of the Hidalgo Star Medical Society for two years.


His hobbies included travel, cooking, gardening, music and motorcycling.


Surviving are his father, Kenneth H. Stewart, and brothers Kenneth E. Stewart and John M. Stewart, all of Lexington, Ky., as well as his sister, Leslie A. Scott of Spotsylvania, Va.


His mother, Donna C. Carroll Stewart, is deceased.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and noon until 2 p.m., the hour of services, Wednesday, March 27, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. Chad Bogdewic officiating, followed by burial at Rosemont Cemetery, Rogersville. Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.


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