James Raymond Stone Jr. of Mathews, passed quietly on the morning of March 12, 2012 at Walter Reed Hospital.
Born on April 25, 1926 in Washington, D.C., James is survived by his wife, Donna (Roonie) Stone; his children, James Ray Stone and wife Sharron of Louisville, Ky., Raymond Stone and wife Katherine of McGaheysville, Va., and Paulette Olsen of New Market, Md., and his step-children, Bruce Van Carter of Port Haywood, Va., Melanie Carter of Deerfield, Fla., and Patricia Lynn of Topping, Va.; also many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
"Jimmy," as he was fondly called by family and friends, graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va., and at the age of 17 enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He trained in mechanics and repair, and also became a pilot. Later, he ran his own body shop and eventually was hired by General Motors in Fairfax, Va., where he taught, over a period of 27 years, young men in the "bodywork" trade. He maintained a relationship with these eager young men who valued his expertise and common sense, as well as his friendship.
Jimmy’s wife recalls his sweet nature, constant support, and wonderful "dance moves." His grace, agility, and love gave them many wonderful hours on the dance floor. His male friends recognized his abilities as a stock car racer, hunting enthusiast and expert marksman and a two-time Virginia state archery champion.
Jimmy’s claim to fame took place when he was called upon by the U.S. Senate to demonstrate his body-car repair techniques in a comparison study of cost-effectiveness between repair versus replacement parts. This is a story Jimmy recalled with pride many times.
His cherished family and friends are invited to join Roonie and family in a gathering at their home on Sunday, March 25, from 2-4 p.m. in a memorial celebration.
Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.