Stone is missed, but his legacy lives on

Published 7:38 am Monday, July 2, 2012

This community is still mourning the loss of Jim Stone. He will be missed. He will be missed in our hearts. He will be missed at St. John’s Episcopal Church.  He will be missed by all of the many wonderful organizations that he spearheaded or was a part of.

And, he will certainly be missed by his family and all those who work at Stone’s Hardware. (He might not be missed by the fish in our nearby lakes and rivers, who are happy for a reprieve.)

Somehow, the phrase, “That’s the Power of Home Depot,” can’t hold a candle to, “There’s a Stone’s Store Near You.”

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Jim Stone built his life by caring about people. It showed in everything he did, especially in his hardware stores, where you will still get a smile and a warm “Hello” when you walk through the doors. I don’t think that will change anytime soon. There will always be someone at Stone’s to offer help.

That is a monument, a skyscraper to a life well-lived, and a legacy to remember and hold dear. That is something to cherish.

Sally Miller