OBITUARY

Vernon Leon Stone Sr.

10 October, 192311 January, 2021
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Vernon L. Stone, age 97 of Bassett, Virginia passed away peacefully on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Mulberry Creek Nursing Home in Martinsville, Va. He was the first born to George Flemon Stone and Cora Belle Turner Stone on Oct 10, 1923 in War Eagle, WV. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 69 years, Louise Virginia Smith Stone, his brothers Rev. Irvin E. Stone, J. Conley Stone Sr. and sister Shirley S. Wells.

As a young WWII Army tank veteran assigned to the 16th Armored Division, his unit was attached to General Patton’s 3rd Army that made their way across France, Germany and into Czechoslovakia. After the war he was employed by Blue Ridge Hardware where he retired as manager with over 40 years of service. The ability to make friends easily and bring a smile served him well during his career and throughout his life. Spare time was enjoyed by playing golf and working in his yard. He was a devoted lifelong member of Fort Trial Christian Church where he served in many capacities including Sunday school teacher, scoutmaster, Deacon and Elder. Singing in the church choir was especially enjoyable for him. He loved his family and was dedicated to making his community a better place to live.

He is survived by his sons; V. Leon Stone Jr (Sandra) of Charleston, SC, Michael D. Stone (Kathy) of Williamsburg, VA and a daughter Sylvia S. Robertson (Donnie) of Bassett, VA. grandsons; Jeffrey Stone of Williamsburg, VA and Douglas Stone of N. Myrtle Beach, SC, granddaughters Melody Weigel (Travis) of Little Rock, Ark and Kimberly Stone (Kevin) of Cary, NC. Two great granddaughters; Jessica and Erin Smith of Cary, NC. In addition, he is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also he is survived by his Aunt Odessa Turner Via and sister-in-laws; Ruby Smith Wright and Nancy Warren Stone. Special thanks go to Vickie Craig for the care given at his home prior to 2016 when he moved to Mulberry Creek Assisted Living where he enjoyed a brand new family of residents and staff. Dad had a fantastic memory to the very end. The family would love to hear from his many friends by sending online condolences at collinsmckeestonebassett.com Public viewing will be observed from Thursday, January 14 thru Saturday, January 16, 2021 daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Due to Covid-19, mask and social distancing will be required.

We hope to have a celebration of life in the near future. Burial will be private at Roselawn Burial Park. Memorials may be made to Fort Trial Christian Church, 6356 Virginia Avenue, Bassett, VA 24055. Collins Funeral Home at Bassett, Virginia is respectfully serving the Stone Family.

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Jim Bryant

19 January 2021

Leon and Mike,

I am saddened to learn of Vernon's death. you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jim Bryant
Roanoke

Shahri Adjoodani

16 January 2021

Love the pictures! Who can forget Uncle Vernon's smile? He was a very dapper man and Aunt Louise, like all the Smith women, was quite the character! May happy memories carry you all through this sorrowful time. Praying strength and peace for you, hoping it helps to know he is with his Lord, and his beloved Louise.
Love, Betty (Joyce) Hodge & Shahri

Dyanne Brown

15 January 2021

I have known the Stone Family about all of my life. I knew Vernon's Mother and Father. They were great people. Shirley was one of my friends and we went to school together.
Vernon and Louise moved across the road from me at Bassett Forks (before the by-pass came through) when I was growing up. Leon and Mike were small children. Sylvia came along later.
Vernon was my Sunday School Teacher and one thing I remember him telling his class (we were teenagers) you may see a house and say what a beautiful home. He told us a house is not a home unless there is love in the home. That may not be his exact words, but what he said is true.
I bought my first (and only) pair of shoe skates from Vernon when he worked at Blue Ridge Hardware in Bassett.
So many good memories about Vernon and Louise from Church. When he retired from the choir and he set in a pew close to where I was setting I loved to hear his beautiful bass voice when the congregation was singing.
Vernon and Louise made a very handsome couple. Vernon always had a smile on his face and he was very friendly. Sylvia you are a lot like Vernon. Leon and Mike with each of you living out of state I did not get to see you very often.
Leon, Mike, Sylvia, daughter and son-in laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren Vernon and Louise loved each of you. Always remember the special and happy times you spent with them.

Becky Lowery

15 January 2021

We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Vernon's passing. We're thinking of y'all during this difficult time and praying for comfort in the days ahead.

Deepest condolences and love,
Becky Lowery and Family

Jeannie Stanley

14 January 2021

What a full and respectable life Vernon lived! Vernon and Louise were always so very kind and always wore a friendly smile. Sylvia has the same sweet disposition, as I’m sure her brothers do, as well. Prayers for peace and comfort for the family and that God will mend your broken hearts.

Vickie Craig

14 January 2021

My Sweet Vernon💕. I was your Caregiver/Friend for a long time. We helped each other grieve loss of Our Dearest Louise, had some long good talks and plenty cries. I loved Our Rides and Singing (we sure got loud😍) Our walks outside and Sitting on carport. Watching and naming the squirrels, birds, deers and turkeys 😊. The way We'd say "Love You" see you in morning before I'd leave at night. You will Always be My Vernon and so Special to me. I know You and Louise Are Happily Reunited Now. Give Her a Big Hug for Me.

Sylvia Robertson

13 January 2021

Sorry I did not include a picture of my sweet Grandpa Stone. Vernon was born in WV when grandpa was working in the coal mines because jobs were scarce here. When the furniture industry started to grow a reverse migration began to fill the factories at Bassett and Stanley.

Allison Thomas

13 January 2021

So sorry for your loss. All of the pictures brought back sweet memories of Great Uncle Vernon.

Love,
Allison "Riddick" Thomas (Little Zelma's daughter)

David Arnold

13 January 2021

So very sorry for your loss.
With deepest sympathy.

David & Nancy Arnold

Charlotte Alsop Krovic

13 January 2021

I met Mr. Stone when he came to Mulberry Creek as my mom was a resident there. He reminded me so much of my dad. He had known my dad (Rev. James Alsop) and sang with him on occassion. He had a special twinkle in his eyes and always had a smile and hug for me. He knew he had a heavenly home waiting for him and spoke of it often. After my mom passed in February of 2019, I came to Martinsville several times and would always visit him. This past year has been challenging and I know you have missed visiting him. May you find peace in knowing he is with our Lord and Savior and his beloved wife. Prayers for you all.

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