Funeral services for Kenneth Stoner announced.
Funeral services for Kenneth Edwin Stoner, 80, of Lexa will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Helena. Father Joe Marconi will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation with Rosary services will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.
Stoner, born Aug. 20, 1927 in Tuckerman to the late Charles Hubert Stoner and the late Nola Jane Cooper Stoner, died Sunday, June 22, 2008 in Memphis.
At 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Boston and the USS Bordelon as a radioman first class. In 1954, he moved to Helena as manager of Trans Texas Airlines. He left the airlines to start a career as a farmer. Stoner retired from farming to serve as Phillips County judge from 1989 to 1996. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer at Helena Regional Medical Center.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Jennie Lee Bornhoft Stoner and eight children, Declan Stoner and Donna Osbon (Clifford) of Brandon, Miss., Becky Gattas (Philip) of Crumrod, Janet Bryant (Terry) of Nesbit, Miss., Karen VonKanel of Lexa, Debbie Roberson (Stan) of Arkadelphia, Brian Stoner (Beth) of Helena and Bill Stoner (Shelia) of Helena-West Helena; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Stoner’s grandsons, Philip Gattas Jr., Chris Shockley, Brian Shockley, Ben VonKanel, Kyle Stoner, Ryan Stoner and Barry Stoner. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul VonKanel and members of the Knights of Columbus.
The family requests that no flowers be sent but instead donations may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 123 Columbia St., Helena, AR 72342.
Roller-Citizens Funeral Home will direct services. Friends may sign the online guest book at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.