March 28, 1962 ~ November 11, 2017

Born in: Manhattan, NY,
Resided in: Burnsville, North Carolina

Most beloved, William Jacob Stone, born in Manhattan in 1962, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospitals. William was a son of Jean Lawson Stone and of the late Donald Stone. William worked for Stone Petroleum Corp. following a successful performance at Rollins College in Winterpark, FL, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology. He established businesses of his own, was the inventor of “The Gemstar” and the videographer of “Healing Waters”. He was a great swimmer, an excellent cook (which was his favorite hobby) a pet lover and a gardener. William loved music, especially southern rock and rhythm and blues and enjoyed playing the organ. He loved Halloween and fireworks. He was always great for a laugh William’s best quality was to stay courageous facing life’s unbearable uncertainties. He was a sweet person and full of life even during times of illness and was a loving spouse. We made our dream come true, if only he could have enjoyed it longer. I will always love you, yours lovingly, Myriam and pet, Dita. In addition to his wife and his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Kate Lombardi and her husband, Michael and Amy Snyder and her husband, Greg and one brother, Todd Stone and his wife, Lorey. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date and Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden is assisting the family.

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  1. Dear William,
    you were a sweet ,caring and sensitive brother-in-law.
    we saw each other infrequently,unfortunately,but it felt familiar.
    You are forever in my heart.

    Your loving sister in law,Catherine

  2. Dear Myriam and Stone family,

    We were so sorry to hear about William’s passing. Our hearts go out to you. We will remember William as the very nice and warm brother-in-law he was.

    Inge Van den Blink
    Herman Wichmann
    Vleuten, The Netherlands

  3. Dear Myriam and Stone family, So sad that William is no longer with us.
    He was a big sweetheart with a heart of gold.We will miss you William.
    We wish Myriam and the Stone family a lot of strength, we are with you in our thoughts.Philip en Trudy Van Engeldorp Gastelaars-Wichmann en doggy Boomer.Bussum,The Netherlans

  4. Dear Myriam and Family,
    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of Willam.
    I met William a few times and will remember him as a joyful,warm and hospitable person.
    My deepest condolence to all of you.
    Hanneke Zillinger Molenaar. Otterlo, the Netherlands.

  5. Sending love to you, Myriam. Thinking about Billy every day. He was a brave man, a fantastic cook, a wonderful host and a sweet brother.

  6. Dear Myriam, I am so sad to hear of the loss of Bill. I have always had a warm place in my heart for him and the world seems colder with him gone. I regret that I never made it to North Carolina after you moved there. I will always have the sound of his laugh in my mind and special memories of his courage and kindness. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Dear Myriam, So sorry for your loss and will keep you in our prayers. Hearing you talk of your life together was so beautiful. Blessings to you.

  8. Dear Myriam, I am very sad to hear Bill past away. It is so sad for you and the family. Soon I will call you and I am with you now! I love you.

  9. Cousin Billie, littlest of three other very talented siblings, I remember how you got away with everything. I know the older sibs wore out the parents and by the time the fourth came around, the rules were not so strict. You were the most adorable cuddly teddy bear, and a very good friend to Magoo.

    Then you grew up and went to Florida where strange mushrooms grow. One night you told me you could control the clouds and as I watched them move into a discernible pattern, I had to agree with you.

    Now, Cousin Billie, you are free to do with the clouds as you wish and we’ll be watching!

  10. How fun a young man Billie was. I was in Scarsdale High School with him and we had a core group of friends that loved Skynyrd, Pink Floyd and the Fore ‘?n Aft in White Plains. Good luck in Heaven, Billie. I’ll catch up with you later. Doug

  11. So sorry to hear about your loss, so young, and too soon. He was younger than I was in HS but he was friends with my brother. It sounds like he grew up to be a fun and loving adult. My deepest condolences.

  12. We’re very sorry for your families lose. I remember a lot of good times celebrating Hollween with Billy and friends. Our band rocked the house a few times. Billy loved friends and music and brought us all together.

  13. Billy and I were neighbors going back to the early ’70’s and his dad gave me my first job. He loved his music for sure, great sense of humor. Lost way too soon. Condolences to Jean, Kate, Amy, Todd and the entire Stone family.

  14. Original poem from Myriam to William;
    Bright red carnations in a glass vase,
    your life your courageous life, a feast of being a loving man with lit up face, your favourite flowers show stopping that geni (in out) or was he ahead in state of strife with, some fragrance but more with life, all 4 elements of your nature with all of Cosmo’s understanding in a heavens light.


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