August 09, 1929-November 1, 2023
Betty Gaines Stone, 94, of Siler City passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at Chatham Hospital in Siler City.
Betty was born August 9, 1929 in Goldston, NC to John Thomas Gaines, Sr. and Mattie Hancock Gaines. The sixth of 10 children, she spent her early life in Antioch. One of the “Gaines Girls Beauty Queens”, she graduated from Goldston High School where she played on the basketball team and was a member of the Beta Club.
After marriage, Betty moved to Siler City to raise her children and resided there for the remainder of her life. She was a homemaker who was devoted to caring for her large family. Known for her delicious cooking and baking (for which she seldom followed a recipe!), Betty had a zest for life and never met a stranger. She loved to talk and make others laugh. Even at the age of 94, she was still a prankster and telling jokes to bring a smile to those around her.
For many years, she and her siblings enjoyed a weekly game of Rook where “Bet” was a fierce competitor and delighted in winning any chance she got! Betty was full of energy and dedicated to walking several miles around her neighborhood every day. An avid UNC fan, she never missed an opportunity to watch a ballgame and cheer on her beloved Tar Heels.
Betty was a member of Loves Creek Baptist Church for over 70 years where she taught Sunday School, served in the nursery and sang in the choir. She was a woman of strong faith and unwavering love for the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, John Stone; siblings: Oren Gaines, Mary Lee Gaines Powers, Fred Gaines, Alton Gaines, Bill Gaines, Ella Gaines Brower, and John Gaines, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Jeanne W. Stone; and sons-in-law, Buddy Glosson and Johnny Butts.
She is survived by her husband of 75 years, Dennis Stone, and her children, Jerry Stone of Siler City, Carolyn (Keith) Campbell of North Myrtle Beach, SC; Pam Stone of Pittsboro, and Jill (Michael) Hudson of Siler City; grandchildren: Tess (Darrin) Williams of Chapel Hill, Dawn (Mike) Bowman of Siler City, Jessica (Junior) Roman of Randleman, Natalie (Jimmy) Simpson of Chapel Hill, Justin Stone of Wilmington, Caroline Butts of Morehead City, Johnathan Butts of Myrtle Beach, SC, Jake (Ashley) Hudson of Siler City, and Josh (Kelsey Roper) Hudson of Raleigh; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings: Louise (Bud) McLaughlin of Siler City and Frankie Bridges of Siler City; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be held Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Loves Creek Baptist Church in Siler City at 1pm with the funeral service following at 2pm with Reverend Kenny Black officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Loves Creek Baptist Church
Smith and Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Stone family.