Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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July 11, 2014

Community saddened at passing of Roy Stone

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland Countians were left with a sense of deep sadness at the news that Cumberland County businessman, philanthropist, and true gentleman, Roy A. Stone, passed away early July 9. He was 99 years old.

Memorial services will be held July 18 at First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Visitation will be July 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Church. Bilbrey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Stone rose from a school teacher in 1934 at the old Cline School to principal at Crossville Elementary School and later a very successful businessman. He entered the family business of Trade-A-Plane following service during World War II, having married Joanne Harrison.

The trade publication grew to be the largest publication of its kind in the country, if not the world, and today TAP Publishing boosts many successful platforms in the media field. Mr. Stone retired as publisher emeritus in 1998.

In addition to his successful business life, Mr. Stone served on a host of financial, medical and industrial boards of directors.

Perhaps the most lasting legacy Mr. Stone and his wife, Joanne, left Cumberland County, was his leadership and donation of land on which Roane State Community Education Center, Stone Elementary and Stone Memorial High School are located.

The Stones were leading supporters and contributors to the Cumberland County Playhouse, their beloved church, First United Methodist Church of Crossville, and a host of other non-profit and charitable organizations and agencies.

In addition to freely giving their smiles, hugs and words of encouragement, they quietly helped untold numbers of Cumberland Countians with their generosity.

Mr. Stone was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne. He is survived by sons Mike (Connie), Steve (Lisa), Cosby (Rebecca); daughters Margaret (Bob) Franks, Carolyn (Peter) Flick and Julia (Horace) Burgess.

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