Charles Richard Stone

June 6, 1933 - May 5, 2009
Charles Richard Stone

Charles (Dick) Richard Stone, Sr, 75, died suddenly on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Plantation Village, where he had been a resident since 2008. His devoted and loving wife, Leanne Anderson Stone preceded him to the Lord five years earlier, and his faithful dog, Topper, preceded him two years earlier.

Dick is survived by a sister, Norma (Stone) Briner and husband Bill in Cincinnati, Ohio; son Charles R. Stone, Jr., and wife Trish of Wilmington, NC; daughter Carol L. Stone, and husband Steve Johnson of Burlington, CT; son Edward A. Stone, and wife Ann of Bernardsville, NJ; son Thomas D. Stone, and wife Karen, of Round Hill, VA; and eleven grandchildren.

Born in Berea, Ohio on June 7, 1933, and the son of two teachers, Hilda and Charles Stone, Dick attended high school in Poland, Ohio, and earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1955. After serving in the Air Force through its ROTC program, Dick started his business career selling Crest toothpaste as a door-to-door salesman. Four children, six moves, and 35 years later, Dick culminated his career as a corporate executive officer, having worked at Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, American Cyanamid, American Sterilizer, Squibb, and Lederle Laboratories. He achieved each career success with modesty, character, and unwavering respect for his employees.

At the age of 58, Dick and Lee retired to Hampstead, NC, where, despite the lure of relaxing and peaceful days on the beach, Dick decided to start a business. He and Leanne invested their retirement savings into an AlphaGraphics franchise in Wilmington, NC, and, together with his oldest son, Chuck, grew the business into a successful and established company. The business continues to operate as All Ways Graphics, serving the greater Wilmington community.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday May 23, 2009 at Sea Lawn Memorial Park, in Hampstead, NC.

Instead of flowers, please send contributions in his name to the American Cancer Society.

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1553 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • May 12, 2009
    Shirl Modlin New says:
    My condolences to the family of Chuck Stone and Allways Graphics. I always enjoyed seeing Dick on Saturdays when I was working at the store. God bless you all and be strong. Shirl New

  • May 13, 2009
    Bonnie S. Morgan says:
    I am the Receptionist at Plantation Village. I am so sorry in the death of your Dad.

  • May 13, 2009
    chuck miller says:
    Cuuck,I;m sorry to here about your dad.He was a good honest man that will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched.God speed.

  • May 13, 2009
    Jay Wilkinson says:
    My heartfelt condolences go out to the Stone family. Chuck was a great man and a mentor for me and many other fellow AlphaGraphics owners. He will be remembered fondly here on the Nebraska plains. -j Jay Wilkinson

  • May 12, 2009
    stephen harris says:
    Chuck - we are very sorry about your loss. Pam and I remember your dad at your wedding with Trish. What a great host... he was enjoyable to talk with... be with. Our deepest condolences... and we will send a contrib to the Cancer Society in his name. best to you and trish and the Stone family all...