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Roddie and Velma Stone
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U.S.Flag World War I
Pvt. Co. C Infantry
Enducted Apr 26, 1918 at Roswell, NM
Discharged Jul 18, 1919


Roddie Baccus Stone was born in Paducah, married Mary Velma Drake (born May 2, 1908 in Hill Co., TX). He came to Crosby Co. in 1900 with his parents, John and Delcina Stone. The family moved from Paducah to a half dugout west of Cone. Roddie Baccus Stone spent most of his life in Crosby Co. The only time he spent out of this county was when he was in service.

Roddie Baccus Stone passed away May 10, 1959 at the age of 63. He was survived by his widow, Mary Velma Stone, who was a charter member of Bethel Baptist Church of Ralls. Roddie and Velma Stone raised a son. Ira Lee Stone, by a previous marriage. They also raised a grandson, Eddie Ralph. Besides raising Ira Lee, Roddie and Velma Stone raised 11 children of their own. Velma Lue, John Emmett, Senia Pearl, Lura Marcella, Morine, Roddie Lee, Jimmy Harold, Elmer, Henry Ray, Jess Wayne and Roy Baccus.

Velma Lue married Howard Cotter of Littlefield. Janie is their only child. John married Murl Bond of Plainview. Jonna is their child. Senia Pearl married Paul Roller of Bountville, TN. Their children are: Paula Faye, Paul Ray (deceased at age 3 mo.) Dorothy Marie, Doris Ann, Kenneth.

Lura Marcella married Jess Myers of Fort Worth. Their children are: Becky, Larry, Garry, Morine married Ray Stillahn of Omaha, NE. Their children are: George, Rhonda Gail, Debra.

Roddie Lee Stone married L.T. Starkey. They are living in Ralls and are active members of First Baptist Church. L.T. serves as chief of police, and they are members of various civic and community affairs. They have three children: Floyd T., Jane, and Lee Ann. Floyd T. married Sue Ann Binder. They live west of Ralls and have two daughters, Wendi and Vanessa. Janie Starkey married Dave Hale of Afton. They have a daughter, April, and a son, Clinton Wayne. They live at Seagraves.

Jimmy Harold married Madeline Bringer of Ralls. Their children are: Jimmy Dwayne and Melissa. Elmer married Barbara Bales of Crosbyton. Their children are: Tammy and Todd. Henry Ray married Shirlen Cowden of Graham. Jess Wayne married Nita Norman of Lorenzo. Their children are: Scott and Monte. Roy Baccus married Marilyn McLeroy of Dimmitt.

Source: "A History of Crosby County 1876-1977" © Crosby County Historical Commission 1978; Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas.

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Roddie suffered a great loss to himself when he was mustard gased while in the service. Family members say it changed his personality. During his finale days he was not himself and poured gas all over the outhouse and set himself and the outhouse on fire. source: Sandra Gilliam



RALLS, (Special)— Roddie Baccus Stone, 63, lifetime Ralls resident, died about 8a.m. Sunday of injuries received in an explosion at his home here early Sunday. Stone was taken to the Crosbyton Hospital shortly after the explosion and fire suffering second and third degree burns over most of his body.

Funeral services are scheduled at 4 p.m. today in the Bethel Baptist Church here. The Rev. Jack Moore, pastor and the Rev. J.T. Hillberry, former pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Cone cememtery under direction of Carter Funeral Home in Ralls.

Stone was born in Paducah. He was a farmer and veteran of World War II.

Pallbearers will be J.R. Williams, Russell Noble, Lee Bolinger, Louis Bolinger, Clarence Thompson and Narvel Layer.

Survivors include the wife, Mary, seven sons, Roy, Jess, Henry, Elmer and Jimmy all of the home; and Ira Lee, Sun Valley Calif., and John E., Lubbock, who is a linetype operator for the Avalanche Journal; five daughters, Miss Roddie Lee Stone, of the home, and Mrs. Roy Stillohn, England, Mrs. Kenneth Beasley, Fort Worth, Mrs. Paul Roller, Bouentville, Tenn, Mrs. Howard Cotter, Hobbs; two sisters, Mrs. H.K. Permenter, Floydada, and Mrs. H. K. Dutchman, Portland Org. and 11 grandchildren

©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, May 1959

RALLS (Special) — Services for Mary Velma Stone, 81, of Ralls will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Ralls First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Morrow, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Cone Cemetery under direction of Carter-Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stone died at 3:30 a.m. Monday in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital after an illness.

She was born in Hale County and was a Crosby County resident for the past 50 years. She married Roddie Baccus Stone April 10, 1929, in Wheeler. He died May 10, 1959. A daughter, Velma Cotter, Died in 1983. She was a housewife and a charter member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors include six sons, John E. of Lubbock, Jimmy of Silverton, Elmer of San Angelo, Henry of Brownfield, Jess of Plainview and Roy of Hale Center; four daughters, Senia Roller of Blountville, TN, Lura Myers of Dallas, Morine Stillahn of Omaha, NE, and Roddie Lee Starkey of Ralls; two brothers, Jesse Drake of Littlefield and Ray Drake of Artesia, NM; five sisters, Eva McNeeley of Ralls, Lee Dewbre of Lubbock, Georgia Phillips of Slaton, Cordelia Wallace of Artesia, NM, and Martha Maxcine of Fort Worth; 24 grandchildren; and 30 great grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, August 1, 1989
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

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