Our Staff

Funeral Directors or Mortician have completed intense training from a Mortuary School at a college that has this curriculum. After they have finished college they must pass a rigorous National Board Examination followed by a State practical and written examination.

A Funeral Director is in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body.

Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death. Ask the funeral director to see their license when you are making arrangements.

John M. Holloway, CFSP — Owner

Caring for families at a difficult time is my top priority. Meeting with families and managing our staff to handle and respond to the needs of our families wants and requirements is most important. My goal is to continue what my grandfather and father started by serving all families regardless of what their financial status is, and helping them to say goodbye to their loved one in a respectful manner. 

My advice to families is to plan ahead. Talk to all of your family and find out what they would like to see happen at the time of your death. Remember the funeral and the opportunity to say goodbye is for the living and not the deceased. Although this is not always a pleasant experience it is a healthy experience.

W. Richard Holloway Jr., CFSP — Owner

Licensed Mortician in Maryland and Licensed Funeral Director in Delaware. I meet with pre-need & at-need families. I am also certified in funeral services, cemetery operations, and I am licensed in insurance sales. President of Salisbury Lions Club. Past President of Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. Past President of Delmarva Funeral Director's Association. Board member of the SU Alumni Association, Coastal Hospice, Asbury United Methodist Church Trustees, and Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

Keith R. Downey, CFSP — Owner

Keith graduated from Indian River High School in 1976 and soon began a Career as a Firefighter/Paramedic with Ocean City Fire/EMS and also was a Volunteer Firefighter with Selbyville Vol Fire Department serving as Truck Captain, Chief Engineer and Assistant Chief over many years of service.

Attended Catonsville Community College and received his Mortuary Degree Keith is a Licensed Mortician in Maryland, Licensed Funeral Director in Delaware, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner through the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Licensed Insurance Agent in the State of Maryland and a Notary Public in Wicomico County. Memberships include Christ United Methodist Church, National Funeral Directors Association, Delmarva Funeral Service Association (Past President and Board Member), Former Member Maryland State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors.

We strive to be the leader in our Profession providing excellent service to all families that entrust us with their loved one. In a time when families need a friend to help them with these difficult decisions, they can trust our staff to provide the compassion, care and comfort each family deserves and knowing that the Stewart family has provided all our local communities with integrity and honesty since 1883. Through my years of helping families it is my compassion, caring, attention to details and respect that allows me to give each family served the guidance and care they deserve through a very difficult time in their life.

Raised in lower Delaware, Keith resides in Salisbury with his wife Debbie, and avid sports fan and assistant softball coach at Bennett High School. A husband, father and grandfather we each should cherish each and every day we have with our loved ones.

Aundra Roberts — Family Service Manager

William (Bill) Handy — Funeral Associate

Bill has been with Stewart Funeral Home for 50 years.

Robert Gale — Funeral Associate

Sheree Sample Hughes — Funeral Associate, Hostess