Dewey "Ronnie" Stone

April 13, 1934July 31, 2013
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D. R. “Ronnie” Stone passed away on July 31, 2013 from COPD. Ronnie was born April 13, 1934 to the late Dewey and Ethel Stone in Charlotte, NC. Ronnie began his career at the Charlotte Police Department in 1955 as a civilian records clerk and rose through the ranks, becoming the Chief of the department in 1991, where he served until his retirement in January, 1994. He was proud to serve Charlotte as a police officer and through many other civic and government organizations. Most notably, the Governor’s Crime Commission (chairman, 2 yrs.), Citizens’ Patrol Accountability Committee, Women’s Commission and Big Brothers. He was a Life Member of the Queen City Optimist Club and held many offices, including Club President and District Lieutenant Governor. In 1992, Ronnie was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards presented by the governor in recognition for extraordinary service to the state of North Carolina. He attended numerous schools for advanced law enforcement training, including the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, KY. He was an active member of Blair Rd. United Methodist Church, where he faithfully served in many capacities over the years and was a beloved teacher of the Pairs and Spares class. Ronnie lived a life of humility, integrity and joy, providing an example of how to live to all who knew him. He was predeceased by a sister, Janet Cowan. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 58 years, Ruth Williams Stone, his children Randy Stone (Lisa), Rita Mabes (Tim), Robyn Rogers (Charlie) and Rachel Burke (Joe); his grandchildren, Jeremy Stone, Timothy, Christine and Alex Mabes, Joshua and Abygail Wilson, Olivia Rogers, Lucien and Daria Burke; sister, Verona Branch, and several step-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of 6A at CMC Main and Levine Dickson Hospice House at Southminster for their compassionate care during Ronnie’s final days. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at McEwen Mint Hill Chapel 7428 Matthews Mint Hill Rd Charlotte, NC 28227. A celebration of life service will be at 11:00am on Monday, August 5, 2013 at Blair Road United Methodist Church 9135 Blair Road Mint Hill, NC 28227. Memorials may be made to Blair Road Church, 9135 Blair Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227 or Queen City Optimist Club, 621 Wingrave Dr. Charlotte, NC 28270. Please visit Ronnie’s online memorial at


  • Visitation Sunday, August 4, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, August 5, 2013

Dewey "Ronnie" Stone

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Theresa Every Alexander

August 5, 2013

Ronnie and I met in 1989 when I started doing volunteer work with the police department. I was immediately drawn to his kind, unassuming manner. It was a pleasure to have known him. God speed Ronnie.

Teresa Edmisten

August 5, 2013

I never realized how much he did for our community-like most kids we only knew growing up that our Dad's were Policemen or Salesmen-like our Dad's were. They went to work.came home,and we had "family" time. We gathered on each others lawns-the adults talked and the kids played until it was time to go in and go to bed.After we were in bed I am sure alot more talking went on as we slept-not a care in the world for us-all the care in the world for them........I love and miss my 2nd Daddy-sleep in peace my "Dad"-I love you.

Tammy & Ron Cook Sr.

August 4, 2013

Ruth and family,

Tammy and I were shocked to learn of Ronnie's passing. It is true that the good die young.
Ronnie was always the epitome of truth, integrity, character, ethics and moral being. Over the many years of our personal and professional friendship, I cannot count the times I called upon him as a trusted friend and advisor for guidance and advice. He was always available and willing, never too busy. He not only treated his friends and family in such a manner, but strangers and those he encountered in his daily life.
God has truly gained an ANGEL and we are all better off for having known and shared with Chief Ronnie Stone.
All our thoughts, love and prayers to you and the family.

Tammy and Ron Cook Sr. (SPI#45)
Lexington, SC

Verona Branch

August 4, 2013

Our prayer's to uncle Ronnie's family, from his loving sister Mrs. Verona S. Branch.

Chase Saunders

August 4, 2013

I knew Chief Stone from my days as a Prosecutor and Judge. I witnessed his leadership for many years. He ran his department with dignity, honor, and integrity. He was a great public servant and someone you could count on. He could not have done his job without the support of a fine and loving family. Thank you for sharing him with the community.

August 4, 2013

Chief Stone always served with integrity and great dignity. He was a wonderful friend to me, and I know he always did so much behind the scenes to help others. We worked closely together on the major law enforcement challenges in the city. I know he will be sorely missed by all those he touched. My condolences to his family. Our prayers are with you.
Sue Myrick

Tara Stottlemyer

August 3, 2013

Chief Stone was a great leader, compassionate, kind, and fair. He touched many lives through his actions, even though he didn't know it. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Much Respect. Tara Stottlemyer

Mike Ussery

August 2, 2013

Robyn and family,
We are so sorry for your loss.
Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Helen Fields

August 2, 2013

Riley and I have such fond memories of Ronnie from our Optimist days -- and always so much respect for him!
Helen Fields

August 2, 2013

Served with Chief Stone for many years. He was a good man and well respected in among the ranks of the CMPD. RH Miller