Watson "Sto" Stoessel Fox Jr.

July 19, 1941November 2, 2012

Watson Stoessel “Sto” Fox, Jr. died November 2, 2012 after a courageous fight with cancer. Sto was born July 19, 1941 in Blacksburg, SC to the late Mary Lewis Doster Fox Danieley and Watson Stoessel Fox, Sr. Sto Fox grew up in Greensboro, NC where he graduated from Greensboro High School in 1959 and then attended his beloved University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! He served in the United States Air Force before coming home and beginning his professional career. He worked at Sedgefield Country Club and later worked in the family business his father started, Fox Cleaners. In March of 1969, Sto and the late Gail Sandra Weber were married and so ensued a legacy of love. He also had a successful career as an employment recruiter while running Fox Cleaners which is still in business today. Sto’s passion for the Dry Cleaning industry eventually lead him to becoming the Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners. During his leadership he helped to achieve many notable accomplishments. One of the most notable was the creation of the Dry Cleaners Trust fund (DCSCA) which continues today to help protect the environment and the existence of small business owners. Sto’s love for others was a trademark of his character. His traditional style of genuine hospitality coupled with his eccentric personality proved over time to be a lasting influence on the many lives he touched. He is survived by his five children: Daughter Ashley Fox Thompson and husband Shannon Thompson of Blowing Rock, NC, son Gregory Stoessel Fox of Greensboro, NC, daughter Brandon Fox of Greensboro, NC, daughter Lindsey Fox Beane and husband Perry Beane of Lenoir, NC, and daughter Brie Fox of High Point, NC, eight grandchildren: Makenzie Thompson, Ella Thompson, Addison Thompson, Sandra Beane, Colby Beane, Aiden Beane, Demetrius Butler and Cecilia Fox and cousin Jim Burton and wife Maryanne Burton of Bell Center, Ohio. Sto had an extended family that included many special friends. Many of which felt he was a father figure, mentor, and true friend. A celebration of his life will be held at Deep River Event Center in Greensboro, NC on Saturday, November 17th starting at 6pm. We will gather to toast and share special memories of life and laughter. In lieu of flowers, donations can be shared with the amazing Beacon Place and with Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro at 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405,


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Cal Horton

November 13, 2012

Sto and I became friends at Carolina. He was a leader in our fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha; and, we spent many hours together. I especially remember eating pizza and drinking beer together at the old Rathskellar on Friday afternoons, watching and listening as he led the 16-piece Sinfonians dance band, embarassing our friend Jim Finison by our over-the-top public behavior, and trips to the beach in his covertible. We always had a lot of fun.

I saw him only a few times after he graduated, but each time it was as if we were continuing a conversation begun the day before. I spent the night at his home once, before his wife died. His deep love for her was very clear.

Sto was irrascible, eccentric, unique, playful, clever, intelligent, thoughtful, and kind to everyone he met. He was my friend, and there's a hole in my universe where he used to be.

Chandra Goodson

November 10, 2012

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Fox when he came to visit his daughter, Lindsey at ECU, who was my sister's roommate. He left a lasting impression. What a wonderful human being that will be sorely missed.

November 10, 2012

Sto, was a friend as far back as jr, High
days. When I was married Sto & wife lived for a short time a couple of houses
from me & my husband. Most recently I have passed Sto on my way to work and also, at Sears where he made at least one
purchase that I rang up for him. We always talked about GHS days and mutual friends.

Cassandra (Sandra) Ricketts

Jay Lambeth

November 9, 2012

Too many memories to recount - Sto was a unique person in many ways. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.

LuAnne Burch

November 9, 2012

I am deeply saddened by the news of Sto's passing. ...I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his family. I consider Sto one of the finest men I have the pleasure of knowing as well as a true friend. I will remember all the fun we had over the years and the great analytical discussions. Sto you will be missed by many!!

Sandra Ricketts

November 9, 2012

STO, was a friend form GHS days.

When I was married, Sto & wife ended living on the same street as we did.

The last few years I used to pass Sto on his way to work, I was also on the way to work. at Sears. Sometines Sto would show up at Sears, to by an item, we would chat about GHS, he would always ask about Wilma Kay and tell me to say hello from Sto.

I will miss him and alot of other GHS classmates will also miss him.

Paula P White

November 7, 2012

Great memories of working & playing together...Your spirit lives on.

Jerry Robertson

November 7, 2012

Sto had been my friend for 65 years. Rest in peace, my friend.

Ron Wright

November 6, 2012

Sto was one of the real gentlemen in the GHS Class of '59. He will be sadly missed in each of the lives he touched. He always left you with a smile, on ones face.

Ron Wright, GHS '59

November 6, 2012

Ole' Sto! After years of several phone calls a week (sometimes daily) lasting almost an hour, I will truly miss our chats! Ole' Mack