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Dallas S. Cone, Jr.

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Dallas Simmons Cone, Jr.,
age 96, of Ridge Spring, went
to be with our Lord on Sunday,
January 18, 2015 following a
short illness. He was born November
13, 1918 two days after
the Armistice was signed ending
World War I. He was the
sixth child in a family of seven.
He grew up on a 220 acre
farm in the Harmony Section
of Allendale County about 6
miles from Fairfax, S.C. His
father was Dallas Simmons
Cone, Sr. and his mother was
Ada Eulala Deer Cone. His six
siblings were Mildred Louise
Cone (Bomar), John Henry
Cone, Mary Ethel Cone (Manuel),
Clyde Cone, Wilbur Harold
Cone, and Lee Roy Cone.
Dallas was the last to survive
his family.
Dallas attended the rural
one room Harmony School
through the seventh grade.
He was the only student in his
class. He then rode a school
bus to Fairfax where he graduated
from high school in
1936. Most of his childhood
was spent during the Great
Depression. Even though his
family had only the bare necessities
of life, he often said
that he wouldn’t trade his
childhood for all the money in
the world.
Dallas grew up in a Christian
home with a loving mother
and father who gave their
children something money
could not buy. They took their
children to church, gave them
love and taught them by example
what life is all about.
He received Jesus Christ as
his Savior when he was 12
years old at Harmony Baptist
Church and was baptized in
Cope’s Mill Pond.
After high school at the age
of 16 he moved to Ridge Spring
to work for his brother-in-law
Dewitt Converse Bomar. The
Bomar Co. business consisted
of buying cotton in the fall,
handling asparagus in the
spring, and peaches in the
Shortly after the Japanese
bombed Pearl Harbor on December
7, 1941 Dallas was notifi
ed to report to Fort Jackson
in Columbia to be inducted
into the Army. He became a
pilot in the Army Air Force.
He was assigned to the 14th
Air Force 7th Fighter Squadron,
the Chinese American
Composite Wing, CACW, and
was sent to Laohokow, China.
He had great respect for his
Commanding General Claire
Lee Chennault. Dallas was
a member of the renowned
Flying Tigers and piloted a
P-51 Mustang D Fighter Plane
which he named the Sandlapper
in honor of his home state.
As a 1st Lieutenant he fl ew
23 combat missions in India
and China escorting bombers
and strafi ng Japanese supply
trains, trucks, and boats
as well as marching soldiers.
Other missions included
bombing bridges and an airfi
eld in Shanghi which was the
longest mission he fl ew.
In 1976 Dallas received The
China War Memorial Decoration
awarded by the government
of the Republic of China.
The medal commemorates
service in China with our Chinese
allies in the defeat of the
Empire of Japan.
Following World War II,
Dallas returned to Ridge
Spring and was offered full
partnership in what became
the Bomar-Cone Company.
He and his brother-in-law
were cotton and produce brokers
for many decades on The
Ridge, supplying the Breyer
Ice Cream Co. with all of
the peaches they used for 10
years. In later years he wrote
insurance for The Hartford
Insurance Co., managed his
farm on the edge of town,
served as School Bus Supervisor
at Ridge Spring-Monetta
High School, and positioned
as a substitute mail carrier for
The U.S. Postal System.
As a servant of the community
Dallas was the last
surviving charter member
of the Ridge Spring Fire Department.
He served as a
fi refi ghter f or 3 7 y ears. H e
was a founding member of
the American Legion Post
in Ridge Spring. He was a
faithful volunteer each year
in the Harvest Festival Welcome
Center, greeting everyone
with a warm smile. In
2011 Dallas and his wife were
named Citizens of The Year
for outstanding contributions
to agriculture and to the citizens
of Saluda County.
As a servant of the Lord he
committed himself to a lifetime
of happy service at Ridge
Spring Baptist Church and was
still attending and serving up
until the time of his illness. He
served as Sunday School Director
for 53+ years, faithfully
worked in the Sunday School
Dept. for 68+ years, served as
a deacon for 46 years under 13
pastors, served as chairman
of the deacons for many of
his 12 terms, sang bass in the
choir for 70+ years, served as
Men on Missions president for
many years, taught in Discipleship
Training, and helped
in VBS crafts for decades.
Dallas’ wife of 64 years,
Betty Ann Jordan, was just 8
years old when he moved to
Ridge Spring at the age of 16.
He would laugh and say that
he had to wait until she grew
up so they could get married.
He is survived by his wife, Betty
Ann and his four children:
Susan Hinnant Cone (Sam
Wheeler); Dallas Simmons
Cone, III ( Debbie Thompson);
Mildred Deer Cone (Eddie
Webb); and Converse Bomar
Cone; and his seven grandchildren:
Anne Hinnant Wheeler
(Paul Berry); Samuel Lide
Wheeler (Susan Lee); Dallas
Simmons Cone, IV (Mollie
Sharpe); Meredith Ann Cone
(Robert Kendrick); Amanda
Lee Cone (Wyatt Rosenlund);
Marion-Converse Cody Webb
(Hayley Cole); and Mae-Ann
Jordan Webb; and his three
great-grandchildren: Emma
Carol-Hinnant Berry; William
Daniel Kendrick; and
Merle English Wheeler.
Visitation was held in the
family home, 336 Aiken Road,
in Ridge Spring on Thursday,
January 22, from 10:00 a.m.
to 12:00 noon. A Celebration
of His Life was offi ciated by
Pastor John David Chambers
at Ridge Spring Baptist
Church in the afternoon at
2:00 p.m. followed by burial
at the Ridge Spring Cemetery.
The family request in lieu of
fl owers, memorials can be
made to Ridge Spring Baptist
Church for repairs to the carillon
bell system in the steeple,
so the bells and hymns can be
heard over town again.
Condolences may be expressed