"The number one goal was that when Diane was in the kitchen, she wanted to take advantage of the view out the back of the home," Danny
Dan Stewart holds his son Danny in front of the old Stewarts market in 1957
Married for 31 years, Danny and Diane have two daughters: Danielle, 27, a nurse at UMC, who is married to Jason Black; and Bethany, 21, a senior studying nursing at Tennessee Tech. Via Danielle and Jason, the couple have a nine-month-old grandson, Aidan, who is the sunshine of their lives.
, 54, works as Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Propane
, a company that he
owns with his
, and brother, Ted.
Obviously, in planning their home, he
insisted on a variety of propane gas-operated devices.
most enthusiastic about gas furnaces and on-demand water heaters, which he
said can provide hot water for three to four showers at one time, and, depending on
WLM - Dan Stewart has served as Chief Operating Officer of Advance Propane Inc. since 1996
pointed out that the house features a backup generator that runs on propane.
Danny's father, Dan
, and his
brother, Ted, started the family propane gas business in the summer of 1992.
, called "Mr.
Dan" by many, has been a farmer and entrepreneur most of his life.
Born and raised in LaGuardo, he
knows as much history about the community as anybody.
just couldn't make the payments," recalled Dan
That building is now home to Homerun Market and sits on the site of the old LaGuardo schoolhouse that Dan
Of course, I didn't kill them all," Dan
"It was a lot of fun because we met so many people and accumulated a lot of friends.
But it was work and long hours.
We didn't work on Sundays, only six days a week," Bettye said.
spent more hours on the farm than in the store, as he
and Ted raised tobacco and cattle.
"We ran 100 to 150 head of cattle all the time.
I remember in 1980, we sold 60,000 pounds of cattle and 60,000 pounds of tobacco.
That was the best year we ever had," said Dan, who has been president of the LaGuardo Utility District since 1976.
began helping his
mother and father in the grocery store when he
"We did a lot of farming during my boyhood years.
We raised tobacco, cattle, a lot of hay and had a sawmill.
At the store I checked the oil and the air in people's car tires, and we smiled when we did it.
It was more fun than cutting tobacco," he
After graduating from Gallatin High School in 1974, Danny earned an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee.
used to water ski often but now favors taking out the runabout and jumping houseboat waves.
other hobbies include golf, target shooting and messing with his
1974 Charger SE Brougham with a 440-magnum engine.
Danny runs Advance Propane on a day-to-day basis.
At peak season in winter, the company employs 15, including five Stewarts: Danny
and Ted, and Ted's sons, Chuck, Luke and Andy.
is one of those guys who can fix anything," said Danny
"Another one of the things we do when times are better is real estate development.
Ted can walk out on a piece of property and look at it by eye and tell you how the property should be developed, how the roads should be cut and the lots laid out.
amazingly gifted in that area."
Danny's career in banking began in 1979 with Commerce National Bank in Nashville.
In 1996 I elected to go with the gas company and try the self-employed route, and, thank the good Lord, it's worked," said Danny
, because, after all, family is what's most important to the Stewarts of LaGuardo