Hobbs couple remembers Kennedy assassination

Posted at: 11/22/2013 8:41 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A New Mexico couple just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  Coincidentally, Friday is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy. 

On this day all those years ago, these newlyweds found themselves at the center of a history-making moment in America.

50 years ago, Bill and Carolyn Stone were just settling in as newlyweds.

"But my wife and I had just been married for about a couple of weeks.  November 3rd was our 50th anniversary recently,” said Bill Stone.

Little did they know the history they were about to witness.

“It was bedlam.  We were married on November 3rd so it was very soon after we had gotten back from our honeymoon," said Carolyn Stone.

It was around noon on November 22, 1963.  Bill was a resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.  Carolyn was on her way to meet him for lunch in the cafeteria.  She was no stranger to the hospital.

"I was very familiar with the operating room because I had been working there for some time.  And I had lots of friends in the emergency room," said Carolyn.

She was an emergency room nurse there.  Leaving her overnight job just weeks before when the couple got married.  But she never made it to lunch that day.

"Well of course I was completely shocked.  Security was at its’ height.  I never anticipated anything like that happening," said Carolyn.

President John F. Kennedy had been shot and taken to the hospital where she was going to meet her husband.  The chaos around the hospital forced her to turn around.  Because this day wasn’t like the others.

A day remembered by all, life changing for some, and for her husband, a normal day at Parkland was about to be shattered by as assassin’s bullet.

"All the people that I worked with every day that were involved with this - intimately involved with it," said Bill.

It was around noon.  Dr. Stone was in a meeting with other residents, when they got an interruption.

"One of my friends came in and said, "Stoney, the President's been shot, and they’ve brought him here and he's down in the emergency room. I don't think he's gonna make it,” said Bill.