LAURINBURG — Howard "Badger" Stone, 91, formerly of Maxton, passed away on April 23, 2014.
He was born on Sept. 7, 1922 in Robeson County, son of the late Albert Haynes Stone and Bertha Hall Stone. He was predeceased by his wife Martha Bracey Stone.
He was a proud WWII veteran who served for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. While serving overseas, he flew in show of force when the peace treaty was signed with Japan. For many years, he farmed with McNair Farms, then Southern National Bank before joining his son as Stone Farms. Badger enjoyed life. His family, friends, fishing and gardening provided a full life. He was a talented musician and loved entertaining his family and friends with his guitar.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was also predeceased by his sister Margaret Stone Moody and brothers Lindsay Stone, George Stone, and Hubert Stone.
He is survived by his children Dennis H. Stone (Angela), Pat Stone Mathes (Norman), and Haynes B. Stone (Delores) all of Laurinburg, Vicky Stone McCall (Allen) of Florence, S.C., and Jenny Stone Ramsey (Curtis) of Matthews, 12 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Jean Stone Bailey (Fred) of Charlotte, brother Billy Johnson Stone (Rosamae) of Rowland, and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Hillside Memorial Park. The family will receive friends immediately following the service until 7:30 p.m. at Haynes Stone Farm Cabin, 6301 Smyrna Church Road, Laurinburg, NC.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial gifts be made in Mr. Stone's memory to Hospice of Scotland County, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353.
A special appreciation to the caring and professional staff at Scotland Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Scotland County.
Services entrusted to Richard Boles Funeral Service.