GREENSBORO Dr. Alice Newnam Stone, 81, of Greensboro, NC, passed away on Monday, May 14, at Beacon Place Hospice following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Rockingham County on June 1, 1930 to John and Edna (Baughn) Newnam. Alice graduated from Stoneville High School after which she moved to Greensboro to work for Sears Roebuck and Co. In Greensboro, Alice met her life's love, Robert Herrin Stone, "Stoney," whom she married on June 10, 1950.
While parenting their five energetic children, Alice attended Guilford College where she received her undergraduate degree. A passionate advocate for education, she herself went on to receive her masters and doctorate of education at UNC-Greensboro. Also an active member of First Baptist Church of Greensboro, Alice was involved in many volunteer activities and especially loved working with the children's programs.
Dr. Stone was throughout her life enthusiastically involved in education and special needs programs, devoting much of her time to Special Olympics. She was a charter member of the NC Friends of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, an appointment made by Governor Jim Hunt. A lifelong teacher, Alice's greatest joy was seeing children learn, progress and connect with their own love of learning. She taught students from kindergarten through college and was still tirelessly teaching at the age of 80 while undergoing treatment for cancer. Being the resilient force of nature that she was, even after being admitted to Hospice care, Dr. Stone continued to utter her most famously heard words..."I've got things to do!"
Alice was predeceased by her two daughters, Janice Elizabeth Stone and Lynn Stone Levine. She is survived by her husband, Robert Herrin Stone, Sr. ("Stoney"), sons, Robert Herrin Stone, Jr. of Raleigh, NC; Charles Michael Stone and John Richard Stone and wife Claire of Greensboro, son-in-law Barry Levine of Brown Summit and grandson, Dylan Joyner Stone of Raleigh. Alice is also survived by her step grandchildren, Gene, Terrence, Christine, Rick and Peggy.
She was preceded in death by brothers Floyd Newnam, David Newnam and is survived by sister Elizabeth "Sis" Hamilton and husband Jim of
Greensboro, brother Harvey Newnam and wife Arlene of Greensboro and sister-in-law Almadene Newnam of Stoneville.
A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of First Baptist Church of Greensboro on Saturday May 19 at 2 p.m. , with family receiving friends following the service.
Special thanks are extended to family, close friends, and the caretakers of Beacon Place Hospice, all of whom have provided loving care and support during this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, the
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