George Maxwell “Max” Stewart was born in 1922, the son of John Barker Stewart and Jessie Ross Funderburk.

He enlisted on April 1, 1942 at Fort Oglethorpe Georgia. He was killed in a airplane crash at the age of 22. He was the son of John Barker Stewart and Jessie Funderburk.

The Chattanooga Times, May 30, 1944
Lt. Max Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Stewart, 5006 14th Avenue, was instantly killed Thursday in the crash of an army air forces training plane near Chaffee, Ark., his mother was notified yesterday by the War Department. Lt. Stewart was one of the crew of seven who died in the crash of a plane during a thunderstorm. All died instantly, the reporter said. Mrs. Stewart said the notification included the information that a mass funeral service for the members of the crew will be held at Las Vegas, Nev., where he men were stationed. She said she and her husband and Lt. Stewart’s aunt, Mrs. w.P. Selcer, plan to attend the service. Lt. Stewart was a graduate of Chattanooga High School in the class of 1940 and was a draftsman in the reproduction division of the Tennessee Valley Authority when he became an army air cadet in July of 1942. He received his wings and commission April 12, 1943 at Yuma, Ariz., and for the last 13 months was a pilot at the Las Vegas Flexible Gunnery School at Nevada. It was his assignment to pilot the bombers in which gunnery student stook their training. Mrs. Stewart said, however, that Lt. Stewart was not at the controls of the plane which crashed Thursday.

He was survived by his parents, grandmother, Mrs. J.H. Funderburk, Chattanooga; one brother, Warrant Officer John B. Stewart Jr., with the Navy in the South Pacific and several aunts and uncles.

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of death: 22 May 1944
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Forest Hills Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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