Jimmy Glenn Stone, 79, of Rendon, TX left his earthly life peacefully to soar with the angels on March 1, 2020. He was born in his family’s farmhouse in Biardstown, TX on Nov. 5, 1940 to Joe Bob and Sharla Mae (Walker) Stone.
He loved to laugh and have a good time, and nearly always had a smile on his face. He was free-spirited, spontaneous, outgoing, funny and intelligent. Jimmy would give you the shirt off his back. His many passions included his family, road trips, the ocean, country music, sports, reading, grilling, hunting, fishing, gardening, and, most recently, a desire to make sure Donald Trump is not reelected.
Jimmy graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1958 and attended Texas A&M University. He served in the Air Force Reserves where his first job was loading bombs. He decided he didn’t care for that job and didn’t show up for his required duty the next month. When the MPs were sent after him, he returned and was told he couldn’t just quit. The Air Force changed his job to serving as an orderly helping care for sick and wounded servicemen, a job he was proud to do until he was honorably discharged in 1966. And, this is how he lived his life – unapologetically himself.
Jimmy began his career working in the warehouse at Thompson Products, a Dallas automotive parts supplier. At the age of 23, he began working at Roadway Express freight line as a dock worker. He was promoted to dock foreman at the age of 28. During his career, working at Roadway, Consolidated Freightways and other freight lines, he saw many teamsters strikes. He loved history and often correctly predicted those strikes would forever change the course of labor relations. He retired from Yellow Freight in 2009.
He was preceded in death by his father Joe Bob Stone, his stepmother Aileen Stone, his mother Sharla Mae Perkins and his stepfather William Perkins, and his best friend Charlie Terpening. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Jan Stone of Rendon, TX; sisters: Norma Jean Upchurch and husband Wayne of Paris, TX; Marsha Meiser and husband Kenny of Lakewood, Washington; his children: Lisa Coleman of Rowlett, TX; Donna Hornick and husband Bill of Fort Worth, TX; Chris Barbour of East Tawakoni, TX; Kyle Barbour and wife Joy of Irving, TX; Joe Stone and wife Summer of Burleson, TX; his grandchildren: Araya Barbour of Arlington, TX; Dalton Coleman of Rowlett, TX, Katie, Emmy, Sadie and Gus Hornick of Fort Worth, TX, Wyatt and Levi Stone of Burleson, TX; great granddaughter: Aurelia Lopez of Arlington, TX; too many nieces, nephews and cousins to name; and many friends.
Jimmy loved them all unconditionally and they loved him back – a man who was larger than life itself.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the new is here!” Jimmy’s new life has begun in Heaven with our Father where he is finally free of pain – well done, good and faithful servant! We know you’ll keep the angels laughing and on their toes. You are deeply missed and loved. You live on forever in our hearts.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at a later date.
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