James M. Stone

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James Michael Stone, 69, of Lockhart, went to his eternal rest on Oct. 8, 2014.

He was born in Austin, Texas, on Dec. 8, 1944, to James Lamar and Janie Elizabeth (nee Long) Stone.

Mike attended Lockhart schools for most of his life, moving to Buda and graduating from Buda High School in 1963. He attended Southwest Texas State University, graduating with a degree in Econom

ics in 1968.

It was at SWTSU that he met Gwendylon Doss, who he married on July 28, 1967.

For more than 30 years, Mike was a transport driver for Exxon Mobil. After his retirement from Exxon Mobil, he worked for the Chuck Nash automotive group in San Marcos.

Known as a quiet man of deep thoughts, Mike spent most of his time driving his truck throughout Central Texas. He used that love of driving in his career, having been recognized by Exxon Mobil for driving more than 2 million miles without lost time or a preventable accident. He also was an award-winning driver in “truck rodeos,” throughout his career.

He was an expert on World War II, and one of his favored activities was studying and researching WWII trivia. In other matters of trivia as well, Mike was an expert, and enjoyed trying to stump others with his wealth of information, often using his breadth of knowledge to teach others.

Never a fan of the spotlight, Mike was always one to make sure that his friends and neighbors had a ride to the doctor or the airport. After arranging and enjoying a challenging game of Shanghai Rummy, he always made sure that his companions made it home safely. During those card games, he rarely cared whether he won or lost; though he preferred to win, he was never disappointed to lose to a worthy opponent.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an aunt and uncle, Mr. Elma White and Mrs. Etta White, both of Lockhart.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Gwen, of Lockhart; his son, John Mark Stone, of Euless; brother, Bill Stone, and wife, Marilyn, of Lampassas; brother, Stanley Lillian, of Lockhart; niece, Jeannie Stone, of North Carolina; nephew, Steven Lillian, of Lockhart; several cousins; and a host of caring friends.

A memorial service for Mike will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at the Lockhart Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Mike’s memory to the Lockhart Church of Christ, the Wounded Warrior Project, Austin Honor Flight, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart, Texas.

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7 comments

  1. Kathy Hellums Murry 15 October, 2014 at 21:30 Reply

    I was so sorry to hear about Mike. He and Bill rode the school bus with me and some of my brothers as kids. He was always so very nice to everyone. He will be missed by all. My prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Kaye Annas Ohlendorf 16 October, 2014 at 19:26 Reply

    Mike has been my friend from childhood. I am grateful for that friendship and know it goes on into the eternities with him, until we meet again.
    My love & prayers go to sweet Gwen & Mike’s family. I wish I could be at the memoral service, but a granddaughter is being baptized in Houston at the same time.
    Please forgive my absence. My heart & thoughts are yours!
    Lovingly, Kaye

  3. Iris Guinn 16 October, 2014 at 23:54 Reply

    Dear Gwen and family,
    I am praying for all of you during this difficult time. I didn’t know Mike well until the 1963 Class reunions began. He was always so nice and friendly to me. Jesse always spoke highly of him. I know God is with you and will continue to comfort you and give you peace.
    Sincerely,
    Iris Guinn

  4. Michelle Simmons 19 October, 2014 at 02:08 Reply

    Gwen and John Mark, please know mom and I are thinking about you. Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time!

  5. EVERYONE FROM ICT 21 October, 2014 at 16:56 Reply

    We heard through Ms. Lydia about the passing of your husband. Very sorry for your loss. We have a card, i’m trying to find out how to get it to you. Jeannine

    • Gwen Stone 1 November, 2014 at 01:19 Reply

      Dear Jeannine and members of ICT,

      I did get the card. Thank you for thinking of me. This has been tremendously difficult. Mike was fine when he left to cut the grass at our church. His death was sudden and totally unexpected. I had been home from a trip exactly 1 week when Mike died. Thank God I was home and was able to be with him. We had been married 47 years. That is a long time,and I know it will take time for the ache to become a sweet memory. The many cards and prayers have been such a comfort to me. Please continue to think of me as I will think of you.

      My sincere thanks,

      Gwen

  6. Collene Burris Carey 27 October, 2014 at 04:02 Reply

    Mike and I went through school from1stgrade. He was always such a gentleman. His parents raised very good son and it was a joy to see him at the 50th class reunion last year. I am grateful to have known him.
    Collene

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