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Walker Strickland Stone

Posted By Hall-Wynne On September 17, 2016 @ 12:45 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 27 Comments

Walker Strickland Stone
August 13, 1935 – September 16, 2016

Walker Strickland Stone passed away peacefully on Friday, September 16, 2016 in Durham North Carolina with his family by his side. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Walker was born August 13, 1935 in Morrisville, NC to S. Walker and Sarah Stone. Living in Durham since 1940, he was a member of the Durham High School Class of 1953 and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served in the United States Army Reserves. He was a devoted member of Grace Baptist Church where he served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of Deacons. He was a member of Durham Masonic Lodge #352 A.F.&A.M, Amran Shriners Temple, Durham Sales & Marketing Executives Association, Durham Sports Club, Croasdaile Country Club, Durham Central Park Board, Preservation Durham, and served as Chairman of the Board of First Federal Savings & Loan.

Like his father and grandfather before him, he had a long and successful career as one of Durham’s well-known Tobacconists. He owned and operated tobacco auction warehouses in Georgia and most notably, the Liberty Warehouse in Durham, NC, which operated from 1925-1983. During his Tobacconist career, he served as President/Chairman of the Board of both the Bright & Middle Belt Warehouse Associations, the Tobacco History Corporation at Duke Homestead, and a member of several industry associations including the Board of Governor’s Bright Belt Warehouse Association, NC Tobacco Foundation, Durham Tobacco Board of Trade, Georgia-Florida Warehouse Association, and the U.S.D.A. Flue-Cured Tobacco Advisory Commission.

He was a generous supporter of the Arts, and in 1999 provided the Durham Arts Council and other local artists with a below-market lease rate for studios at Liberty Warehouse, and assisted with capital costs that made the programs sustainable and available to the public. He was one of the founders of Liberty Arts, and in 2004 received the Durham Arts Council “Outstanding Service to the Arts by a Small Business” Award.

He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Stone Hord and brother, Richard Jeffrey Stone. He is survived by his wife Margaret Smith Stone; sons, Sidney Walker Stone and wife Tara Hall Stone, James Clinton Stone and wife Carroll Hill Stone; grandchildren, Lyndsay Grace Stone, Taylor Watts Stone, and Morgan Teal Stone; and sisters, Maggie Belle Stone Sears, Elizabeth Stone Watkins, Ruth Stone Haynes, and Sara Stone Webster.

The family will receive friends for a celebration of Walker’s life on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Services, 1113 West Main St., Durham, NC 27701. A funeral service will be held at Grace Baptist Church, 1004 N Mangum St., Durham, NC 27701 at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. A graveside service will follow at Maplewood Cemetery with Masonic Rites.

The Stone family would like to sincerely thank and recognize all of the wonderful caregivers at Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Hospice Hock Family Pavilion for the loving care they gave our father. You are truly special people and we are most grateful.

Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be sent to the Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705. The Stone family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Services. Online condolences: http://www.hallwynne.com/obituaries/durham/


Condolences for the family of “Walker Strickland Stone”

Condolence from David Seaton on September 17th, 2016 7:37 pm

My heart goes out to you and your family Clint. I wish you peace and strength during this difficult time

Condolence from Clint Stone on September 17th, 2016 10:51 pm

Thank you brother, we are heartbroken at the loss of him but as believers have peace he is with Jesus now. The word lost a truly great man yesterday.

Condolence from Darius on September 17th, 2016 8:31 pm

Sid and Family,
Please except my condolences. You know the Lord and by knowing him you know this is not the end but just a transition to a much better life.
Remember: The great I AM said “I am the resurrection!”
Lean on the Lord Sid and Family

Condolence from Russ & Sandy Watkins on September 18th, 2016 8:13 am

Aunt Margaret, Clint & Sid…

We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Walker’s passing. Unfortunately, we cannot come to Durham to be with the family for the funeral, but please know that you are all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We loved Uncle Walker for his sense of humor, his kind heart, and his gentle words of support and wisdom. If there is anything you need, please let us know and we will certainly help you if we can. There are simply no words that anyone can say at a time like this except that we love you all and that we are here for you.

Condolence from Kelly Ritter on September 18th, 2016 10:33 am

Sid and family, Sorry to hear of the passing of your father! He was a great person as well as abreast tobacconist! I always enjoyed talking with him about the “old times” and the auction system!
Know the you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers!

Condolence from Betty and Jim Goodwin on September 18th, 2016 12:47 pm

Love, many prayers and peace to all of you….

Condolence from Tracy Agnew on September 18th, 2016 1:43 pm

Sid, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Donald D Cook on September 18th, 2016 8:05 pm

To all of Walkers family I want to extend my deepest sympathy
He was one of the best.
Sincerely Donald D Cook Sr

Condolence from John M. Thompson on September 19th, 2016 7:41 am

Sid and the entire Stone Family,

I extend my deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. You and your entire family are in my prayers. How blessed you were to have such a fine man for your father. May the Lord bring you His peace. comfort, and your most wonderful memories at this time.

Condolence from Hubert & Phyllis Deans on September 19th, 2016 9:54 am

Margaret,Sid,Clint and Tara so sorry for your loss. We have such wonderful memories of Walker and Grace Baptist. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word. He loved his church and his God and it showed in his life. As belivers we have the comfort of knowing we will all see each other again in heaven but until then may God wrap you in His arms and give you His peace.

Condolence from Jeff Smith on September 19th, 2016 10:18 am

Clint, Sid and your families
Condolences on your loss and prayers of strength to you all during this time of grief.

Condolence from Charlie Ford on September 19th, 2016 11:20 am

Walker took me under his wing when I was just getting started in the warehouse business. He introduced me to a lot of industry people and taught me so much about the business, especially how to treat everybody with respect, whether it was a company supervisor or guy sweeping the floor. He taught me some valuable life lessons.

Condolence from Bobby Thomas on September 19th, 2016 2:42 pm

Dear Clint,

I am so sorry for your lose. I pray the Lord will draw you and your family close by His side and give you all a sense of peace that goes beyond understanding.

With greatest sympathy,

Condolence from Doug, Nikki & Cooper VanWingerden on September 19th, 2016 5:10 pm

Margaret, Sid, Clint, and family –

I am so sorry to hear about Walker’s passing. He was a great man and I enjoyed spending time with him at Emerald Isle. His witty humor and southern drawl always made me smile.

Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers!

Condolence from Michael and Claire Stoner on September 19th, 2016 6:03 pm

Stone family,

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Walker. I will always remember him as a generous man, as he made possible our purchase of the beach house in Emerald Isle. It is truly our favorite place in the world. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Allen Bower on September 19th, 2016 8:35 pm

My deepest condolences to Margaret and the rest of the Walker Stone family. I was privileged to meet Walker in the summer of 1969 when I was on summer break from UGA. Walker was co-owner of a tobacco warehouse in my hometown of Alma Georgia and I was employed as a weigh man. It was a very good summer job for me. Walker was well liked and respected by the employees, growers, and people of my home town who came into contact with him. Fortunately for me my first teaching job was in Durham at Wright School. Walker was a big help in helping point me in the right direction for a good bank, apartment rentals,etc. I was also privileged to visit with him and his father on several occasions during the 3 years I spent in Durham. I also was able to visit him briefly in the 1980s while visiting my sister and her family in Cary and was saddened to hear of his passing when my sister texted me with the news. Again, I am so very sorry for your loss. Allen Bower,Jr.

Condolence from Donald Cook on September 19th, 2016 10:45 pm

To all of Walkers family Pat and I extend our deepest sympathy

Condolence from Dr. and Mrs. Kevin McGinnis on September 20th, 2016 11:26 am

Margaret, Sid and family: We are truly sorry to hear of the passing of Walker! He was truly a wonderful person. We will always remember him from the fun times we shared at Emerald Isle with all of you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, and heaven has truly gained a saint! We share your sorrow!!!

Condolence from Charlotte Field Office on September 20th, 2016 11:56 am

Our deepest sympathies during your time of loss, our thoughts/prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from James Bryant Forehand on September 20th, 2016 1:20 pm

With sympathy , Mr. Stone will be missed by many. He was a great character. The old liberty St warehouse is missed also. Thank you for allowing me to do some work you, It was a pleasure.

Condolence from Steve Darcy on September 20th, 2016 3:44 pm

Margaret, Sid and Clint, my prayers and thoughts go out to you all. I feel very blessed that I got to know Walker. He will always have a special place in my memories.

Condolence from Rickey Padgett on September 20th, 2016 3:51 pm

So sad to hear. God gives us people and family but only one dad. He was and always will be a friend of mind, heart and thought as his integrity, wisdom, compassion and true abilities to make a difference in the life of everyone he touched is and was second to no one. I will miss him and pray for each iofyou as he has left a legacy to continue within the family! God had a loyal and faithful servant here on earth. He now has a new address on the Gods Golden Streets in a house not made with hands eternal in heaven.

Condolence from Betsy Knott on September 20th, 2016 7:56 pm

Margaret, Sid, Clint, and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Walker Stone gave so much to so many. Durham is a better place because of his life, and Grace Baptist Church reaped so many benefits from his leadership. May God grant you peace during this difficult time.

Condolence from Sallie and Jacque Hetrick on September 21st, 2016 1:12 pm

Kind and nice and so fun to know…..happy memories for us to have known Walker during our years in Durham. He had the perfect partner in Margaret, good people, good years.

Sallie and Jacque Hetrick

Condolence from Charlotte Field Office on September 21st, 2016 2:51 pm

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Shannon C on September 22nd, 2016 8:28 am

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for strength, comfort, and peace until you meet again….then, praise God, there will be no goodbyes.

Condolence from Robert (Bob) Carter on September 22nd, 2016 10:39 pm

Walker was a kind friend and brother in Durham Masonic Lodge 352. He will be missed by his many friends. Our sympathy and prayers go out to all family members.

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