Mell E. Stewart Our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Mell E. Stewart, peacefully returned to his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 after a 2-year battle with cancer. Mell was beloved by all who knew him and a friend to all he came in contact with. He was born in Meadow, Utah on January 13, 1929, to Iva Dell Turner and Ephraim Stewart. He was the 7th of 8 children in their family home. Mell graduated from Millard High School in 1947, attended Utah State University, then later attended Los Angeles Barber College at which time he graduated as a Master Barber. Mell served his country in the United States Navy from 1950-54 during the Korean War. During his service in the Navy he was given his nickname “The Deac”, short for Deacon because of his love and devotion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mell met the love of his life, Florence Mae Woodhouse (Dolly), at a dance on the BYU campus and they were later married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on September 26, 1956. They set up residence in Los Angeles to further his career as a barber until he accepted a unique job opportunity to work as the personal barber for the aviation billionaire, Howard Hughes. Later Mell co-authored the New York Times Best Seller, “Howard Hughes: The Hidden Years”. He was honored to be invited to be a guest on the Johnny Carson Show and Good Morning America in 1977. Mell later worked for Southern Utah University and considered himself “a simple sheep herder from Meadow Creek”. Mell and his loving wife Florence have resided in Cedar City, UT for the past 45 years and would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this coming September. Mell loved his family with all his heart and soul. He had a love for the scriptures, uplifting conversation, classical music, deer hunting, meat, potatoes and gravy. Most of all, grandma’s homemade bread. Mell is survived by his devoted wife, Florence Mae Woodhouse, and his 4 children Teresa Suhr, Alan (Jan) Stewart, Carla (Kendall) Kelsey, Robert (Charlene) Stewart, 12 grandchildren, 18 ½ great-grandchildren and his sister Glenna Dean Baxter. Mell is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Mell will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Cedar City 9th Ward Chapel, (256 S. 900 W. Cedar City, UT). A viewing will be held on Sunday April 24, 2016 at the Southern Utah Mortuary, (190 W. 300 N. Cedar City, UT) from 6:00-8:00 pm and a viewing on Monday, April 25, 2016 from 9:30-10:30 am at the Church. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. The family wishes to thank IHC Hospice for the loving care they provided our husband and father in his final days.