Billy R. Stone lost his battle with ALS and went to his heavenly home April 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Stone was born November 17, 1934. He was the son of the late Hubert Earl Stone and Mary Lou Owens Stone, of Olive Branch, Mississippi.
He is survived by his loving wife of fifty eight years, Joan Wilson Stone; a son, Dennis R. Stone and wife, Karen, of Nashville, Tennessee; a daughter, Deborah Stone Hasty, of St. Petersburg, Florida; a grandson, Connor H. Stone, of Nashville, Tennessee; a granddaughter, Rachel A. Stone, of Nashville, Tennessee; two sisters, Louella Stone McElroy, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Sarah Helen Stone Barrentine, of Bartlett, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Stone had made his home in northwest Georgia for forty years before moving to Johnson City, Tennessee, in 1996.
He spent fifty years in the manufacture of electric heating equipment. He worked with his father in law, Herman E. Wilson, at Wilson Electric Furnaces in Rossville, Georgia, for twenty five years and for the Redi Division of TPI Inc. in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Johnson City for twenty five. He and his wife were co-owners of Stay N Play Nursery School in Rossville, Georgia, where he was affectionately known as “Mr. Bill.”
Mr. Stone was a loving husband, father and humanitarian. He was of the Christian faith and served the Lord faithfully. He was a member of the United Methodist Church for many years.
He was a fan of country music, enjoyed Atlanta Braves baseball and UGA football. He served as a Cub Scout Master and as President of the Gordon Lee High School Band Boosters in Chickamauga, Georgia. He was an active gardener and took pride in his landscaping.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and aides, at Amedysis Hospice in Elizabethton, to Rusty Mitchell and all the volunteers at Amedysis and a special thanks to Cindy Sproles for her love and care for Mr. Stone during his final days.
The family of Mr. Billy R. Stone will receive friends for visitation from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Morris-Baker Funeral Home Friday, April 18, 2014.
The funeral service will take place Saturday, April 19, 1014, at the Lane Funeral Home South Crest Chapel in Rossville, Georgia, at 2:00 p.m.
Family will receive friends prior to service 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Procession to the Wilson Cemetery will follow for graveside committal. Dwayne Baird will be officiating.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family via www.morrisbaker.com.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City is serving the Stone family. (423) 282-1521