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Richard Renfro Stock


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Richard Renfro Stock

Canton, GA

Richard Renfro Stock, 85, passed away peacefully at a hospice home in Canton, GA, with a son and wife, Lisa, nearby Canton residents providing dutiful support. This occurred on July 4, 2017. His loving and wonderful wife , Adrienne Aden Stock, preceded him on Christmas Eve, 2010.

Richard grew up at Willette Plantation, near Hollandale, along with many cousins in the nearby Delta. Always an innovator, he and other grade school cousins exhibited early journalistic talent one year when they printed out editions of " The Driveway News " which surprisingly surfaced in some other states. Later, he started Poor Richard's tomatoes and had a patent on the green house which is still in widespread use today. He attended Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN, and Mississippi State University.

His adult career included Reed Joseph in Greenville ; Medical and Financial in Jackson; Cardinal Industries in Atlanta ; IBSA in Memphis and, later, Crye-Leike Realty in Memphis. One cousin often said " Richard could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman wearing white gloves ". Another quote was " Richard could get on a conference call with a load of people and sell a million dollar deal in 30 minutes and they were all happy about it . "

Richard truly enjoyed life with a wonderful marriage and a large circle of friends and family. He gave anonymously to several people and charities over the course of his life and he never wanted credit.

Richard is survived by his children, Richard Stock, Jr. (Lisa) of Wilmot, AR, Cayce Stock of Wilmot, AR, Sloan Stock of Oxford, MS, Percy Stock of Hardy, AR, and Blaine Stock (Lisa) of Canton, GA; eight grandchildren; and numerous cousins.

Family and friends will gather at Memorial Park Funeral Home beginning at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, July 9 and graveside services will follow at 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 8, 2017
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