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Dan Stone Memorial Breakfast set for Saturday

Pilot Mountain Scouts BSA Troop 545 will be hosting its annual Dan Stone Memorial Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning at First United Methodist Church, located at 202 South Stephens Street.

The meal will be held from 6-10:30 a.m. in the church Family Life Center, with troop leaders preparing a pancake breakfast as scouts work to serve patrons and promote the fundraiser. The public is invited to come out, enjoy breakfast and show their support for the troop.

The event honors the memory of Pilot Mountain resident and long-time scouting advocate Dan Stone. Stone lost his life in May of 2011 in a single vehicle accident while on his way to a Troop 545 meeting. He was 56 years old.

A lifelong Pilot Mountain resident, Dan Stone had become actively involved in Troop 545 as a youth and went on to earn an Eagle Scout award in 1968. He later graduated from Elon University.

As an adult, he had remained active with Troop 545, the Dogwood District and the Old Hickory Council.

He was known as a proponent for scouting, volunteering both locally and regionally, with much of his local work directed toward the oversight and raising of funds for the troop.

Stone served as committee chairman of Troop 545 from 1996 until his death. He received the District Award of Merit in 2001 and was a member of the Old Hickory Council Executive Board in 2002.

Throughout his years of work with scouting, Stone held a special affinity for the Eagle Scout program and enjoyed the challenge of helping boys become Eagle Scouts.

This work continued even after health issues had forced his 2004 retirement from the NC State Bureau of Investigation. He had served in the department as a special agent for 26 years, including four years as the special agent in charge of the governor’s security detail.

Stone was well known for his support of the Eagle Scout program and its participants. He had also served for several years as the Dogwood District Eagle Scout Candidate Committee Chairman. The 2010 class of Eagle Scouts for the Old Hickory Council was named in honor of Stone at the March 2011 Recognition and Awards Banquet.

Stone had also been active in his support of numerous other areas of the Pilot Mountain community. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, where he had served as a Sunday school teacher, president of the United Methodist Men and a member of the church administrative board and board of trustees.

Stone was also active in the Pilot Mountain Civic Club and was able to make significant contributions through his work with the Cardinal Foundation of East Surry.

Proceeds from the breakfast will assist in paying Troop 545 operational expenses. Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so at the breakfast or by mailing a check to Troop 545, P.O. Box 1714, Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041.

For additional information, contact Chet Jessup at 336-374-5409.

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By Dean Palmer

Special to the Pilot



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