DUBLIN - Don Wendell Stone, 79, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cottonwood Baptist Church in Dublin with burial to follow at the Cottonwood Cemetery.

Don was born Aug. 10, 1931 in Black Stump Valley in Erath County to Edgar Horace Stone and Beatrice (Kilcrease) Stone. He was united in marriage to Bonnie Culver on Nov. 5, 1949 and had three children.

Don had a life-long passion for farming. He believed you should get up and go to work every day. Don began farming at the age of five riding on a horse drawn cultivator at Black Stump Valley near Hico. He moved to Dublin as a teenager and began working at the service station at Camp Dublin. After he married Bonnie they moved to Waxahachie but soon returned to Dublin to work at Interstate Hatcheries. In a few years, Don returned to the service station business and also had two chicken houses. He continued this for many years while raising three sons who all learned the value of hard work by washing cars and pumping gas, gathering and washing eggs, and also driving tractors and baling hay. He and Bonnie bought a service station in 1965 which became Stone's Service Station and later Stone's Auto Supply.

Don also served as the Erath County commissioner for precinct 2 for 20 years. Farming was his first love, and he continued to farm throughout his term as commissioner. He trained not only his sons but his three grandsons to have a love of farming. He spent countless hours on his John Deere tractors and hay balers that he never dreamed of when he began plowing behind a team of horses.

Don made many friends in his days at the service station, serving in county government, and with the customers who came to buy his hay. He loved to tell a story, pull a practical joke, and pick on his grandkids and anyone else he came in contact with. He will be missed by his family and the many friends whose lives he touched.

He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Vicky Stone of Dublin, Mark and Kim Stone of Dublin, Jerry Dale and Melissa Stone of Dublin, and Johnny and Rayanne McClatchy of Dublin, who was raised like a son; grandchildren, Lindy Smith of Granbury,Landon Stone of Dublin, Tyler Stone of Dublin, Miles Stone of Dublin, and D'Nai Johnson of Dublin; great-grandchildren, Jadon Johnson of Dublin and Avery Johnson of Dublin; sisters, Delma "Blondie" Jones of Midland, Marie Hughs of Mesquite, Ferne Ramsey of Weatherford and a host of other relatives and many, many friends who will miss him dearly.