Robert Earle Stone
A memorial service celebrating the life of Robert Earle “Bob” Stone was held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church of Clifton. The Rev. Clint Schofield conducted the service.
Stone departed this life on Monday, January 30, 2017, in Waco. He was 65. Bob was born in Princeton, Kentucky, on May 31, 1951. The son of James Stone and Helen Faye Steely (Young), he was and the oldest of five brothers, one sister, three step-brothers and two step-sisters.
Bob worked in maintenance most of his life and was known for being a man who could get the job done. He traveled throughout the country putting rental properties back into shape following damage from tornadoes and hurricanes.
Although he did not serve in the military himself, his father, uncles and brothers served their country and Bob was very passionate and respectful of Veterans and their service. He was a lifelong Dallas Cowboy football fan and was intent on assuring that every member of his family were Cowboy fans as well.
Bob joined First Presbyterian Church of Clifton in 2010 and was dedicated in his service to the church. He was an ordained elder and served on the Session as chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee. He took this responsibility seriously and worked hard using his knowledge and work experience to make necessary repairs and to improve the church property affordably. His family’s Presbyterian roots were deep and very important to him. He was proud to be a lifelong Presbyterian.
Bob spent the last years of his life in tireless devotion to the nurturing and care of his beloved grandchildren, Mercy and Tommy. To his grandchildren he was “Papa,” and it was important to Bob that they be raised in a church family and a Christian home. They were truly the light of his life, and his love and devotion to them was greatly admired and respected by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister, and his wife, Linda, the love of his life. He is survived by eight brothers and sisters, his children, grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a host of family and friends, many of whom still reside in Kentucky.