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Wilton R. Stone, Sr.

Obituary for Wilton R. Stone, Sr.

September 18, 1931 - September 12, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 86

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Wilton Rodger Stone, Sr. was born September 18, 1931 in Dallas, Texas and passed away peacefully on September 12, 2018 at the age of 86. Despite being born in the midst of the Great Depression, he and his siblings---Ed, James and Marcia---would describe their childhood as rich in love and peppered with a fair amount of mischief. Wilton graduated from Adamson High School, Class of '49. He then attended Navarro Junior College on dual athletic scholarship playing football and baseball. Wilton transferred to the University of Texas his junior year where he pledged to the Texas Alpha chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He developed a fraternal love for his brothers that provided the foundation for his lifelong commitment of service to others, including the mentoring of younger Phi Psi members.

A blind date arranged by a fraternity brother led to meeting the love of his life and his "Beautiful Bride", Billye Rae Stone. After completion of college and three years of service in the Army, Wilton and Billye married on August 8, 1959. They were married 54 years, until Billye's death in 2013, and were blessed with three children--Rod, Cathy, and Jen who miss them both dearly, but take comfort in knowing that their parents are now joined in eternal union.

The early years of their marriage were focused on starting a family while Wilton climbed the corporate ladder, where his post-Great Depression work ethic highlighted his strengths in leadership. He continued to pioneer the advancement of racial relations and the fight against inequalities in the corporate culture until his retirement to Austin in 1988. During their marriage, Wilton and Billye had the opportunity of traveling to many inspiring places around the world. Their favorite was a trip to see the Great Wall of China.

Throughout their life together, they remained loyal and avid fans of all things Texas Longhorns. After the birth of their only grandchild, Jacob Michael Norwood, Wilton's passion for the Horns led to the affectionate nickname of "Bevo". His children are grateful for the once in a lifetime experiences their parents' collegiate loyalties provided.

Along with Billye, Wilton was not only generous with his monetary blessings, but also with his time. Their marriage was founded on the values of loyalty, faith and service to others. When counting blessings, all who knew him treasured these values the most. May the Tower forever be ORANGE Daddy! We love you! Amici.

A memorial service celebrating Wilton's life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, at First United Methodist Church of Austin, 1201 Lavaca St.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Austin (fumcaustin.org) or the Phi Kappa Psi, Texas Alpha Endowment Fund (phipsitexas.com).

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  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Austin (fumcaustin.org) or the Phi Kappa Psi, Texas Alpha Endowment Fund (phipsitexas.com).

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Austin, TX 78705
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