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 22, 2009
    William M. Barwick Jr. says:
    All of us who had the pleasure of working for Dick will remember him fondly. Along with being a smart businessman, he was an honest "straight shooter" who never made you wonder what side of an issue he was on! I am proud to have known him.

  • May 14, 2009
    Peggy Young Degler says:
    Worked with Dick at Weck (Squibb). Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • May 15, 2009
    Beth Balkcum says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Sincerely, Jon and Beth Balkcum

  • June 02, 2009
    Peggy Hendrix says:
    Chuck, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your Dad was a very special person and I know his passing leaves a big void in your heart and in your life. I enjoyed my business relationship with him and am so glad I had the opportunity to know him. He will be remembered fondly.

  • May 13, 2009
    Jim & Barbara Huggins says:
    Chuck, Barbara and I were truly saddened to hear of the death your father. He and your mom were so gracious and helpful to us as we started our own AlphaGraphics in Cary. I always admired his vision, his focus, his determination and leadership.He did it his way...with an engaging enthusiasm.