William B. Stoner
William B. Stoner, known as "Bill," a resident of Ewing, 93 years of age, passed away at home on Labor Day (Sept. 1, 2014), with his family by his side.
Bill was born in Trenton and grew up in Hamilton. He attended Kuser School and Hamilton High, and graduated from Trenton State Teachers College. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, was decorated for his service in multiple battles and campaigns in the ETO, and discharged in 1946. Bill returned to New Jersey to marry Patricia Whitehead, his wife of 67 years. In 1954, he became a salesman for the Hershey Creamery Co., and was annually one of the company's top salesmen. In 1968, Bill took the job of head tennis pro at the newly opened Mercer County Indoor Tennis Center. He had first taught the game in 1940, and it was the work he most dearly loved. He continued to teach until the last few years of his life. Bill taught the game to thousands of people of all ages and from all walks of life. He taught at TCNJ, Pennington School, Buckingham T.C., and gave yearly clinics throughout New Jersey to underprivileged children. Bill was a member of both the Mercer County and the Middle States Tennis Halls of Fame.
Bill was the son of Howard Milton and Flora Scott Stoner, and brother to Richard and Peggy, all deceased. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Nancy, and grandchildren, Madellyn, Jordan, and Elizabeth. A celebration of his life will be held at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.
A donation, in lieu of flowers, may be made in his name to the NJTL of Trenton, where he served as a board member for many years.
Arrangements are under the direction of the M. William Murphy Funeral Home.
Posted on 07 Sep 2014 by MFH