Dillard Franks Stone, Sr. was born on March 29, 1929, in Logansport, Louisiana, to Buck Stone and Ray Alla Yarborough Stone.
He is survived by his wife and best friend, Philippi Lewis Stone, daughter Carolyn Stone Johnson and son-in-law Greg Johnson, and granddaughter and grandson-in-law Courtney and DJ Hofmann. He is also survived by his beloved cat, BabaLoo.
Dillard graduated from Freeport High School in Freeport, Texas, in 1947. He went to sea at a young age, becoming a Master Merchant Seaman, owner and captain of a shrimp boat, and had a storied career as a ships' captain for Western Geophysical for over 25 years. As captain of a seismograph ship for Western Geophysical, he traveled to foreign ports all over the world, from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska to Singapore to Africa and beyond. Though stern, the men on his boat remember him as the best possible captain whom they trusted with their lives.
Dillard was a friend of Bill's who celebrated 26 years of sobriety on March 14, 2012. He was a man who was committed to his recovery and desired to give inspiration to Bill's newer friends, showing them that the program works if you're willing to work the program.
Dillard loved his cat and traveling on his boat. He enjoyed many adventures with his wife, Pi. His favorite hobby and greatest love was his boat, the Perky Pi, which together with his wife he remodeled, refurbished, and sailed from Norfolk, Virginia, to Freeport, Texas. He loved his home state of Louisiana and enjoyed Texas history and folklore.
Dillard passed away on March 28, 2012. He is remembered as a man of dignity and character who had a great sense of humor. He was great at telling "story jokes" usually with a corny punchline. He was a dapper Southern gentleman who will be deeply missed by many. A graveside service will be at the Blanco Cemetery on Friday, March 30, at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be at Crofts Funeral Home on Friday, March 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.