The blue and white buses of Sunshine Tours were familiar sights along the East Coast and numerous spots across the nation.
The company was also known in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Canada and numerous locations in between.
The thousands of travelers who rode in the comfortable motor coaches knew the name Carroll Stone, founder and owner of the company with headquarters in Dublin.
Fewer probably knew him or had much contact with him, but his was a familiar name. Those who made arrangements for group trips got to know him.
The Carroll County native ran a “good ship,” a ship many pleased travelers returned to time and time again for trips to Niagara Falls, the Rose Parade, New York, Texas, Louisiana, San Francisco, New England, British landscapes, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and Hawaii.
Those distinct blue and white buses did not take passengers to Hawaii or the British landscape areas. They transported you to various airports and points of embarkation. Guides went along, too.
Mr. Stone, as most people knew him, was Carroll to many. To his employees, he was boss. He turned over operations of the business to those workers some time ago, due to his health.
No hitches in operations were seen and the buses kept rolling. Tours are scheduled for the remainder of 2012, until Dec. 29-Jan. 3.
He will be missed.
Another local businessman passed away recently. David Harrell, a Pulaski native, who had printing in his blood, operated Pulaski Printing Co. a number of years.
He was the son of James Harrell, one of two brothers who were longtime employees of B.D. Smith Brothers printing in Pulaski.
Pulaski Printing Co. was not a large company, but was locally owned and operated.
Both will be missed. Our condolences go to both families.