Kearfott M. Stone, MD

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Posted on: August 7, 2018

Kearfott McCaull Stone, of Gloucester, died August 3 after a brief illness. He was 11 days short of his 73rd birthday.

Born in Roanoke in 1945, Dr. Stone graduated from Patrick Henry High School ’63, Hampden-Sydney College ’67 and the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine ’71. He completed his medical internship at Mercy Hospital, San Diego and his ophthalmic residency at Emory University; additionally, he served as a major in the Army Medical Corps at Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 1975-77.

A practicing ophthalmologist for 36 years, Dr. Stone was a founding physician at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital and Gloucester Ophthalmic Associates. He also served as president of the Walter Reed medical staff. Active in his field, Dr. Stone was a past board member of the Virginia Society of Eye Professions and Surgeons and active with the Middle Peninsula Tidewater Medical Society. He loved practicing general ophthalmology, especially serving families; and he was known for having an entertaining collection of toys in his examination rooms for children of all ages.

In addition to his family and his medical vocation, Kearfott loved sailing, music- notably opera, classical, and blue grass, yoga and traveling, especially an annual excursion to Hawaii. He was an active member of the Ware River Yacht Club and received their Wesley C. Morck Award for service in 2017. Dr. Stone also was a founding member of the Friends of Dragon Run, past advisory member of Chesapeake Bank, and served on the Special Education advisory board for Gloucester County.

Singleton United Methodist Church, where Kearfott was a member for 37 years, was a vital part of his life. He served as choir director for 26 years, and he received a service award from the church’s United Methodist Women in 2013.

Kearfott was preceded in death by his first wife, Arena Hunter. He leaves his wife of 20 years, Julianna Gaskin Stone, and his children, Sally Stone Richmond and husband Thompson, Hunter Stone and Michelle Alexander, and Patrick Stone and Sokmany Yang, two granddaughters, plus many loving “outlaws,” nieces and nephews.

While he will be missed for so many reasons, Kearfott was particularly beloved for his kindness, hospitality, compassion and sense of humor.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in his memory to the Arena Stone Scholarship (Gloucester High School Counseling Department 6680 Short Lane Gloucester, VA 23061); Friends of the Dragon Run (P.O. Box 882 Gloucester, VA 23061); or Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic (GMCC PO Box 684 Gloucester, VA 23061).