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Benjamin Franklin Stone
Frankie Stone is one of Dan's Picks. I bet Frankie is all of our picks who admire a man who although didn't own a company, worked like he did. 33 years of service, starting from the ground up. Such a great OOH story that deserves to inspire and teach us. We appreciate the well written words of Billboard Insider below:
The Out-of-Home industry grieves the loss of one of their own. Frankie Stone, Sales Director of Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc., died Thursday, February 4, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19.
Frankie began his career as a FAMOUSMaker in 1988 at the ripe young age of 19. He started out on the panel crew at minimum wage before working himself up the ranks over the years to Production Manager. One day, he approached President, Earl Durden, and expressed his interest in sales. While that didn’t quite work out at first, Mr. Durden allowed him to hustle sales on his off days. After proving himself, he finally moved into the sales department, later becoming Sales Director in the early 2000’s managing over 1000 billboard faces.
Frankie was one of the most dedicated and loyal individuals that you will ever meet. He enjoyed visiting with people, learning more about their business and helping them become FAMOUS throughout Durden’s 10 county coverage area in southeast Alabama and northwest Florida.
He simply loved people.
“He was born with a gift of class and a fighting spirit exemplified every day of his 33 year career with our company.” says Earl Durden, president and founder of Durden Outdoor.
Frankie was a foster child growing up but would later learn to foster others. He was a mentor to many people who had the privilege of working with him. He always made time for employees and would drop what he was doing to listen and offer advice. He treated his customers the same way. He never was truly “off the clock.” There were many times when he sat in a treestand on Saturday mornings waiting for the perfect buck to come out all while responding to emails, putting proposals together and handling last minute requests that were time sensitive. Frankie was passionate about his work and always put others before himself.
“Posting glue ran thru his veins, pumped from a heart full of grace and sincerity” says Bill Durden, Vice President of Durden Outdoor. “The chemistry Frankie Stone brought to our work family was irreplaceable and he will be sorely missed by many.”
Frankie Stone was a frequent attendee of many IBO conferences since 2017. He leaves behind his wife, Jill, and daughter Hannah who also works as a graphic artist / digital scheduler at Durden Outdoor.
Below the photo are more words:
Benjamin Franklin "Frankie" Stone
Benjamin Franklin "Frankie" Stone, age 52, a resident of Dothan, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Southeast Health.
Funeral Services will be held 3:00 pm, Sunday, February 7, 2021, at Mount Enon Baptist Church with Reverend Don Tew officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Enon Baptist Church Cemetery. Services will be live streamed on the Mount Enon Baptist Church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MEBCDothan.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:45 pm prior to the service. All masking and social distancing guidelines will be observed. Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Enon Baptist Church Building Fund, 3167 Iris Road, Dothan, AL 36301.
Frankie was born June 12, 1968, in Dothan, Alabama to Clyde Weems Stone and Emma Jo Dewberry Stone. He spent his early years in the Dothan, Webb, and Columbia areas. Frankie graduated from Houston County High School in 1987. He began his career in 1988 working for Durden Outdoor Displays and was currently a sales manager. He loved to hunt and watch Alabama football. He was an active member of Mount Enon Baptist Church, where he was currently serving as a deacon.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Emma Jo Stone and Ira and Janet Weatherly, and a brother, Charles Stone.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Jill Love Stone of Dothan; daughter, Hannah Stone of Dothan; brother, Bobby Stone (Belinda) of Dothan; two sisters, Inez Armstrong of Kinsey, Joanne Roudebush of North Dakota; mother and father-in-law, Johnny and Elaine Love of Dothan; sister-in-law, Kristie Anderson (Todd) of Dothan; brother-in-law, Michael Love of Panama City Beach. FL; aunt, Marty Battle of Dothan; niece, Carol Long; two nephews, Bailey Anderson and Parker Anderson; numerous foster brothers and sisters.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Adam Booth, Gary Burch, Bill Durden, Stephen Jones, Jason Shiver, and Eddie Sorrells. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/dothaneagle/name/benjamin-stone-obituary?pid=197667821