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  • Singleton UMC Obituary: Kearfott McCaull Stone, MD

    Posted on August 6, 2018 by in General, News

     

    Kearfott McCaull Stone, of Gloucester, died Friday, August 3 at VCU’s Medical Respiratory Critical Care Unit after a brief illness.  He was eleven days short of his seventy-third birthday.

    Born in Roanoke in 1945, Dr. Stone graduated from Patrick Henry High School ’63, Hampden-Sydney College ’67 and the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine ’71.  He completed his medical internship at Mercy Hospital, San Diego and his ophthalmic residency at Emory University; additionally, Kearfott served as a Major in the Army Medical Corps at Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 1975-77.

    A practicing ophthalmologist for thirty-six years, Dr. Stone was a founding physician at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital and Gloucester Ophthalmic Associates.  He also served as president of the Walter Reed medical staff.  Active in his field, Dr. Stone was a past board member of the Virginia Society of Eye Professions and Surgeons and active with the Middle Peninsula Tidewater Medical Society.  He loved practicing general ophthalmology, especially serving families; and he was known for having an entertaining collection of toys in his examination rooms for children of all ages.

    In addition to his family and his medical vocation, Kearfott loved sailing, music- notably opera, classical, and blue grass, yoga and traveling, especially an annual excursion to Hawaii.  He was an active member of the Ware River Yacht Club and received their Wesley C. Morck Award for service in 2017.  Dr. Stone also was a founding member of the Friends of Dragon Run, past advisory member of Chesapeake Bank, and served on the Special Education advisory board for Gloucester County.

    Singleton United Methodist Church, where Kearfott was a member for thirty-seven years, was a vital part of his life; and he served as choir director for twenty-six years.  He received a service award from the church’s United Methodist Women in 2013.

    Kearfott was preceded in death by his first wife, Arena Hunter, his father, Dr. Harry Benjamin Stone and mother, Margaret “Polly” Stone, his mother- in-law, Katherine Hunter and brothers, Dr. Harry Benjamin (Ben) Stone III and Dr. Charles Venable Stone.  He leaves his wife of 20 years, Julianna Gaskin Stone, and his children, Sally Stone Richmond and husband Thompson, Hunter Stone & Michelle Alexander, and Patrick Stone & Sokmany Yang, two granddaughters, Karena Josephine and Hazel Mahlee, plus many loving “outlaws,” nieces and nephews.

    While he will be missed for so many reasons, Kearfott was particularly beloved for his kindness, hospitality, compassion and sense of humor.

    The Stone family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Haggerty and Direct Access Internal Medicine for their guidance and support, Mrs. Katherine Haggerty and the physicians and support staff of Riverside Walter Reed Hospital’s ICU, and VCU Health’s Medical Respiratory ICU physicians and staff for their incredible care during this time.

    The funeral service will take place Saturday, August 11 at 11 AM at Singleton United Methodist Church (5869 Ware Neck Road, Gloucester, VA).  The family will greet friends on Friday, August 10 from 5 to 7 PM at Hogg Funeral Home (Hayes, VA). In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in his memory to the Arena Stone Scholarship (Gloucester High School Counseling Department 6680 Short Lane Gloucester, VA 23061); Friends of the Dragon Run (P.O. Box 882 Gloucester, VA 23061); or Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic (GMCC PO Box 684 Gloucester, VA 23061).

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