Dateline: November 2, 2006

John Tas “Jay” Stone, 88, died Saturday, October 28, 2006, at Mineral Wells.

Services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2006, in Robertson Chapel of Memories with Rev. Bryan Knowles, Baptist Minister, officiating. Interment was at Silverton Cemetery in Silverton. Services were under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc..

Mr. Stone was born on November 7, 1917, in Cottle County, Texas, to Tas Kirk and Jennie Lewis Stone. Following the early death of their father, the family moved from Silverton to a farm Northeast of Clarendon in 1929. During the Depression, he and his brothers and sisters farmed; and Jay worked for neighboring farms and ranches. In 1943, he married Mable Moore, and they had one son. Toward the end of WWII, he served in the U.S. Army. After separation from the Army, he worked for the RO Ranch until 1955. Subsequently, he worked for the Texas Department of Transportation until his retirement. Jay always ran a small stock farm, where his cattle and their care were his first love. Many people in the area became familiar with Jay’s beef. In 1982 Jay married Ola Bradshaw.

Mr. Stone was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, George; and one sister, Louise Riley.

Survivors include his wife, Ola of Clarendon; four sons, Roger Stone and wife Pam of Lawrence, Nebraska; Billy Bradshaw and wife Dianna of Wilmington, North Carolina; Dennis Bradshaw and wife JoAnne of Mineral Wells; Douglas Bradshaw and wife Ann of Benbrook; one brother, Kenneth Stone of Howardwick; one sister, Sue Hardage of Altus, OK; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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