Success Stories

Stewart Family Funeral Home
Tyler – Funeral Home

Stewart Family Funeral Home is a locally-owned funeral home located on Old Jacksonville Hwy in the Southern part of Tyler, Texas. An SBA 504 loan was approved in September 2003 for the purchase of land and construction of the facility.

Today, the funeral home consists of a 10,000 sq. ft. building, which includes a chapel, three staterooms, a large reception area, and all necessary office and storage space. The business performs full service funerals, as well as cremation services and direct sales of monuments. The business is under the direction of Johnnie and Chris Stewart. Johnnie Stewart has more than 50 years experience in management of funeral homes and recently retired after selling Lloyd-James Funeral Home in Tyler. His son Chris graduated from mortuary school in November of 2000, and has since been involved in cemetery management for over 15 years.

“John was recommended to me by my accountant and my real estate broker as someone who really knows small business lending. They had previous experience with him and I have to say, John really, really helped me when it mattered most. I had gotten pretty frustrated trying to find a bank because when a business is first starting out it is difficult to get capital. John paired me with a bank and without his help I would not have been able to start my business. It is obvious to me that John has a great financial mind. He and his team were a real God-send to me.”

—Chris Stewart, owner/funeral director