July 26, 1922 - July 20,
GARY — Earl Stone, age 90, of Gary, W.Va., passed away
Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Welch
Community Hospital six
days before his 91st birthday; after a short illness. Born July 26, 1922, in
Elbert, he was the second son of the late Baxter and Annie Hodge Stone.
Earl graduated from Gary High
was one of the main organizers for the Class of 1940-1942 Reunions. He always
enjoyed seeing his former classmates and friends. He was a very proud veteran of
World War II; serving from 1942-1945 in the U.S. Army. Earl was a devoted member
of the Gary United Methodist most of the time he was known as "the only man in
church". He and his high-school sweetheart Gertrude Christian were married in
that church on August 21, 1945. He was a member of 40+8, American
Legion Post 38,
and a charter member of the Gary Lions Club, and the Welch Kiwanis Club. He was
employed by U.S. Steel for forty-four years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 64 years Gertrude
Christian Stone; one sister Ruth, two brothers: Ralph and Paul; and a nephew
Survivors include two daughters: Pam Kinder and husband Jack of 346 S. CollegeDr., Bluefield,
Va., and Kathy Umberger and husband Ralph of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandsons: Brad
and wife Hailey Umberger, and Les and wife Suzanne Umberger and a new
great-granddaughter Audry all of Atlanta Ga.; three step granddaughters and
their families, Angela and Curtis Strong, Michelle and Barry Strong, and Melissa
Crabtree all of Texas. Eight step great-grandchildren and one
great-great-granddaughter Abby; one brother Orville and wife Shirley and son
Mark, sister-in-law Martha Stone all of Hampton, Ga.; his companion and
caregiver Emily Yeager and her family.
Funeral services will be
conducted Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. from the Fanning Funeral Home
Chapel in Welch, W.Va. with
Virginia Green, officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens,
Princeton, W.Va. where military graveside rites will be conducted by the
Iaeger V.F.W. Post 1144.
Friends may call Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Fanning Funeral Home
Chapel, Welch W.Va., from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be family
Home of Welch is serving the
Online condolences may
be sent to the family at www.fanningfuneralhomes.com