April 17, 1932 - November 4, 2023
Edgar Dennis Stone, 91, a lifelong resident of Siler City, NC passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Cambridge Hills Assisted Living in Pittsboro, NC.
Dennis was born April 17, 1932 in Siler City to Frank Milton Stone and Blanche Moon Stone. As the baby of the family, Dennis was doted on by his three older sisters and paternal aunts who lived next door.
He was married to the love of his life, Betty Gaines Stone, for over 75 years. At the age of 16, Dennis met Betty at a local carnival where they quickly fell in love and eloped shortly thereafter. As a true testament to his love and devotion to her, Dennis joined Betty in Heaven just three days after her passing on November 1st.
Together they raised a beautiful family including five children, nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. They greatly enjoyed hosting their large family for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Dennis’s greatest pride and joy was his family. Some of Dennis’s favorite times were spent visiting with his grandchildren and reminiscing about his family’s legacy. He delighted in sharing stories from his childhood like being the first carhop at Johnson’s Drive-In in Siler City in the 1940s.
Dennis began his professional career working at the Liberty Hosiery Mill in the early 1950s where he earned a highly sought after position thanks to his persistence and motivation. Because of his hard work and productivity, he was quickly promoted. With his wife, Dennis later owned and operated several successful businesses in Siler City including E.D. Stone Furniture store, a large-scale poultry farm operation, and selling beef cattle at Carolina Stockyard. He loved the art of making a savvy deal and proudly shared stories of his profitable business ventures. Dennis and Betty enjoyed traveling around the country and were blessed to visit 49 out of 50 states.
A lifelong member of Loves Creek Baptist Church in Siler City, Dennis was a man of strong faith and unwavering love for the Lord. In his later years, he watched Dr. Charles Stanley’s church broadcast each Sunday and enjoyed listening to gospel music from the Gaither Vocal Band.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; parents; son, John Stone; siblings: Jean Stone Gaines, Mamie Stone Collins and Polly Stone Willett; daughter-in-law, Jeanne W. Stone; and sons-in-law, Buddy Glosson and Johnny Butts.
He is survived by his 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; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at Loves Creek Baptist Church in Siler City at 2pm with Reverend Kenny Black officiating.
Memorials may be made to Loves Creek Baptist Church.
Smith and Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Stone family.