John Wesley Stone, 76, died April 30, 2013, at the Bailey Family Center for Caring. He was born in Palatka and was a life-long resident of Hastings. He was a graduate of Hastings High School and the University of Florida. John was a local potato grower, a member of the North Florida Growers Exchange, past board member of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, past chairman of the Hastings Drainage District, and a soil consultant for Brookside Laboratory. John was an active member of Berachah Church, St. Augustine from inception until it closed.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley E. Stone, Hastings; son, J. Todd Stone, Hastings; daughters, Linda Stone, Jacksonville, Cheryl Campbell, Elkton, Carol Staples, St. Augustine; brother, George T. Stone (Alice), Shalimar, Fla.; sister, Joyce Singletary (Frank), Orlando; grandchildren, Vella Hart, Sarah Stone, Lisa Staples, and Kristin Hedstrom.
Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Monday May 6, 2013 at Crescent Beach Baptist Church with Dr. David Beauchamp, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a contribution in his memory to: Crescent Beach Baptist Building Fund, 885 S.R. 206 East, St. Augustine, FL 32086 or Glenhaven Youth Ranch, 748 Glenhaven Road, Plainview, AR 72587.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.