Latest News

Inspire me: Passion for glass brings beauty to hospital

WHO THEY ARE

Longtime community and hospital volunteers, Verlon “Stoney” Stone and his partner, Charles Veach.

You may also know Stone from his 32-year career at J.B. White department store. Veach worked for Allied Chemical (now Honeywell) for 37 years. Both are retired.

WHAT THEY HAVE DONE

Stone and Veach recently donated a large portion of their personal glass collection to Palmetto Health Baptist, effectively combining two of their passions — volunteering and collecting glass — into one mission.

The collection includes a variety of American and European pieces from such names as Steuben, Loetz, Lotten and Rindskopf. A light and airy “orient and flume” vase, for example, sits next to a modern and formidable-looking Durand.

“It’s addictive. Once you buy one piece, you want another and another,” Stone says.

Altogether, the pieces have an estimated retail value of $51,000, but Stone says the collection would probably appraise for much more.

WHY?

When not traveling the country looking for interesting pieces, Stone said he and Veach enjoy brightening someone’s day. From taking books to shut-ins, spending time with the elderly or driving someone to where they need to go, the two retirees stay busy.

“It’s something we both enjoy very much. If we can be giving of our time or helping someone else, we’re all for it.”

Stone said donating the glass was just an extension of that volunteerism; a way for them not only to be remembered but to share their love of glass with others.

“A lot of this glass, you wouldn’t know what it is unless you were a collector. And some of it you will never see again. They’re not making any more of it.”

SEE FOR YOURSELF

Visitors to the hospital can view the collection by taking the Sumter Street crosswalk over to the main hospital. The pieces are housed in a beautiful cherry wood cabinet around the corner from the crosswalk and sandwiched between the hospital’s “F” elevators.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Baptist Hospital, call (803) 296-5520 or 296-5570.

THEY SAID IT

“I think it’s very soothing and pleasant to look at. You can’t walk by there and not notice it.”

— Verlon Stone

“It’s a very unusual gift for a hospital foundation to receive (but) it is an extraordinary one. Hospitals are interesting places. People are at there at times of great stress, so the more comfort that can be provided or the more pleasantness we can create [through exhibits like these], the less stress there is.”

— Cary Smith, President of the Palmetto Health Foundation

“Stoney has a way of truly touching the lives of everyone he meets ... He has certainly touched my life. He’s a wonderful friend and he always makes me smile.”

— Eva Duke, a community volunteer herself, who nominated Stone for the Governor’s Order of the Silver Crescent. Stone received the award in a ceremony recently held at Duke’s home.

  Comments