Horace E. "Rocky" Stone



Horace E. "Rocky" Stone, 93, of Medford, Ore., died on November 17, 2007, in Medford surrounded by his family. He will be buried at the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore. alongside his wife of nearly 60 years, Wanda Louise Stone. Consistent with his wishes, no funeral will be held. A private memorial for immediate family is planned.



Rocky was born February 15, 1914 in Walnut Ridge, Ark. The oldest of three brothers, Rocky joined the United States Navy at 17, rising to the rank on Lieutenant Commander before his retirement in 1959. Rocky and younger brother, Vernon Stone, were stationed aboard U.S. Naval Repair Ship Vestal which was tied up to Battleship Arizona during the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Both brothers survived the attack. While Rocky was specially recognized following the attack, he seldom spoke of it or other experiences during World War II until much later in life, preferring instead to simply explain that he did his duty. Following his retirement from the Navy, Rocky worked for the Placentia Unified School District in southern California where he headed maintenance and operations for more than sixty public schools. Rocky was a passionate and accomplished golfer. He also enjoyed ornamental gardening, financial investing and Bible study.



He is survived by his son, Craig A. Stone and his wife, Deborah, to whom Rocky became very close; granddaughters, Corey Nelson of Denver, Colo. and Kelley Witters of Medford; his brother, Vernon Stone of Jonesboro, Ark.; and nephews, all residing in northeastern Arkansas. He was preceded by his wife, Wanda, in 2003; and his brother, Cardwell.



Memorial contributions may be sent to the Medford Gospel Mission, 125 West Jackson Street, Medford, OR 97501.