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Paying final respects to former CMPD chief

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

Friends and family of former CMPD Chief D. R. "Ronnie" Stone bid their final farewells to him during his funeral Monday at Blair Road United Methodist Church in Mint Hill.

Stone, 79, died on July 31 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He began his career at the Charlotte Police Department in 1955 as a civilian records clerk and rose through the ranks, becoming chief in 1991. He served in that capacity until his retirement in January 1994.

He was a Life Member of the Queen City Optimist Club and held many offices, including Club President and District Lieutenant Governor. In 1992, Ronnie was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards presented by the governor in recognition for extraordinary service to the state of North Carolina.

"The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is saddened by the loss of Chief Ronnie Stone,” said Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe. “He will always be remembered for his leadership and dedication to the community in which he served. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time."

Arriero: 704-358-5945; On Twitter: @earriero
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