Tifton Gazette


February 3, 2014

Ira Mark Stone

TIFTON — Ira Mark Stone, 55, of Tifton died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Tift Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors with Dr. Fred Evers and Dr. Danny Ray officiating. Interment will follow at Pinetta Baptist Church Cemetery in Irwinville.

Pallbearers will be John Setters, Ronnie C. Dunn, Freddie Walker, Henry Cox, Mark Sandifer and Jonathan Jones.

Mr. Stone was born on May 13, 1958 to James T. Stone and Iris Walker Stone.

He was preceded in death by his father on April 19, 2006; his brother, Lyle, on May 4, 2012; his maternal grandparents, Ira and Nora West Walker; and his paternal grandparents, Ward and Clyde Sandiford Stone.

Mark always lived at home with his parents. He was physically healthy at a younger age but became mentally and physically challenged as he grew in age. He always strived to overcome his disability, which in turn made a positive impact on his family and friends. Despite his mental and physical disabilities, Mark blessed the lives of those who knew and loved him and will continue to do so in years to come. In his younger days when possible, he faithfully attended Northside Baptist Church where he was a member. He had an infectious smile and enjoyed watching “Wheel of Fortune” and bicycling.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother, Todd, and his wife, Cindy, of Leesburg; his sister-in-law, Karen Stone of Akin, S.C.; nieces and nephews, Sarah and Michael Golden of Albany, Jason and Haley Stone of Leesburg, Amanda Slaypen of Akin, S.C. and Stephanie and Justin Tatum of Claxton; and a great-niece, Amy Tatum of Claxton, along with uncles and aunts, Lee Harlon (Sonny) and Irma Walker Whitten and Wallace and Sharon Walker, all of Sylvester.

Flowers accepted or donations can be made to Georgia Baptist Children’s Home online at www.gbchfm.org or a charity of your choice.

You may sign the guest registry at www.albritton-beaumontfuneralhome.com.

Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

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