Thursday, July 1, 2010
Honored on 90th birthday
By Mary R. Minor
Annie Ruth Stone was honored by her family with a 90th birthday party on Sunday afternoon, June 27, at the Potts Camp School Cafeteria.
Stone, a staunch supporter of the school, began the annual school reunions following the 50th anniversary of her graduating class in 1989.
She was married to the late T.M. “Coach” Stone and is the mother of four children, Tommye Ann, wife of Gale Goode; Mitch Stone Jr., husband of Jeannette Gurley; Cherrie, wife of Tim Shaw; and Merri Holley “Pebble,” wife of Jack Gadd. There are 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Her hobbies include keeping scrapbooks of family events and other items of interest to her over the years. Her scrapbooks include keeping her husband’s legacy alive with news articles, photos, etc. of his college days and the many years he was a basketball coach.
These mementos began as a way to follow her high school sweetheart during his playing days at Sunflower Junior College in Alabama and were continued throughout his career. He served 18 years with the Potts Camp Cardinals and carried them to the state championship title in 1961. Stone has several books filled with articles, photos, etc. of these events.
Other hobbies include her interest in genealogy, her many flowers and, of course, her pet Chihuahua, Cannie. She loves animals and the ducks that reside on a pond near the house. Birds are also a favorite with her. She also enjoys making appliquéd Christmas stockings and each family member now has one of her special stockings.
Stone worked for 26 years in the banking business, six years for the Greers in Potts Camp and then 20 years with Bank of Holly Springs.
A member of the Potts Camp United Methodist Church, she served as treasurer for 20 years, is now the recording secretary, and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Potts Camp Civic Club for a long time.
She also served as a tour guide for the Marshall County Historical Tour in the Potts Camp area where she spoke on Eagle Springs.
Mrs. Stone attended Potts Camp High School, graduating in 1939 and then attended Wood Junior College for one year before getting married in 1940. She then became a homemaker and began her family. She now enjoys spending time with her family.
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