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James W. Stone

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JACKSONVILLE -- James Wesley Stone, 78, a lifelong resident of Halifax and Jacksonville and a descendent of the Plumb family, one of the first settlers of Halifax, died Monday morning, May 23, 2005, at Franklin County Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. He was born in Halifax on Dec. 11, 1926, the son of Wesley Austin and Grace Josephine (Pierson) Stone and attended local schools. He graduated class valedictorian of Whitingham High School class of 1944.

Jim was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, achieving the rank of corporal. Prior to his discharge from the armed forces, he worked for the OSS. He was employed as an area maintenance foreman for the Vermont Agency of Transportation for several years, retiring in 1993. Jim was a charter member and founder of the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department and was Halifax town treasurer for 53 years, retiring in 2004. He formed the Stone Saw Mill many years ago and it is carried on and operated now by his son Craig. He was a member of the Whitingham American Legion and liked attending town fairs and horse pulling. He loved the Boston Red Sox and was a huge Jimmy Johnson NASCAR fan and cherished times spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, the former Virginia Cutting, whom he married on June 5, 1955. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding in June; two sons, Craig Stone of Jacksonville and Keith Stone and his wife Vicki of Halifax; two brothers, Frank Stone of Halifax and Lee Stone of Guilford; and three grandchildren, Justin, Travis and Kaitlin, all of Halifax.

Funeral services for Mr. Stone will be held Friday afternoon, May 27, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Covey and Allen Funeral Home, 44 East Main St., Wilmington. The Rev. Doug LaPlante will conduct the service. Burial will follow in the family lot in Niles Cemetery in Halifax. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 26, 2005, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Whitingham Ambulance Service or the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Covey & Allen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. For directions or to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are under the care of Covey & Allen Funeral Home.
Published in Bennington Banner from May 24 to May 25, 2005
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