Perry Stewart, 1942-2018

Dallas, Texas
January 7, 2018

Published: January 13, 2018

Perry "Buck" Stewart Jr., 75, the longtime theater critic at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram known for his raspy voice and trademark ponytail, died Sunday, Jan. 7, from complications stemming from an October 2017 incident in which he was struck by a truck as he was walking across the street to deliver coffee to volunteers at his church. He suffered numerous injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, and never fully recovered.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 13, at Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius St. in Dallas. The family will welcome guests at a church reception immediately following the service.

Perry was born Oct. 18, 1942. He grew up in Little Rock, Ark., the son of a funeral director and one of Arkansas' first women bankers. He was an honors journalism student at Little Rock University and a reporter at the Arkansas Democrat before moving to Fort Worth and graduating from TCU. He started at the Star-Telegram as a copy editor in 1965. He was quickly promoted to "amusements columnist," and soon after became a legendary theater and film critic, the likes of which we will never see again. He also wrote a popular column called "Nightcrawler." He retired in 1999 but continued writing for the Star-Telegram and TheaterJones.com through 2014.

Perry spent his later years regaling his many circles of friends with his stories. He was an avid golfer and beat everyone at trivia. He was a gentleman who made friends fast and never missed an opportunity to do a good deed.

Perry was preceded in death by his life partner Betty Cook, parents Perry Stewart Sr. and Betty Thomas Stewart. He is survived by his aunt Helen Lee, cousins David Stewart (Libby), Nancy Stewart, Ron Schmidt (Ginny), and numerous nieces, nephews and friends who miss him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace UMC/Perry Stewart Memorial. For additional information please visit www.sparkman-crane.com.

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