LAMAR- Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in McAlester, Okla., for Glen A. Stone, 83, Lamar, who died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Truman Healthcare Center. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, in McAlester. Visiation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home in McAlester, Okla.
Area arrangements are under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Gideons International, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be shared at www.danielfuneralhome.net.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of the home; his children, Terrence Stone, Los Angeles, Calif., Cindy Higdon, Colcord, Okla., Vickie Champlin and husband Dennis, Lamar, Joe Stone, Rhome, Texas, Danny Stone and wife Jama, Mulberry, Kan. and Aaron Stone, Lamar; 10 grandchildren, Kristen Reavley and husband Brenton, Kyle and Eric Higdon, Rachill, Cole, Erikkha and Ashliee Stone, Sky Soard and husband Dakota and D.J. and Dakota Stone; three great-grandchildren, Ella and Jackson Reavley and Paisley Soard; a brother, Joe Stone and wife June, McAester, Okla.; two sisters, Treva Stamps, Sedgwick, Kan. and Marjorie Taylor, Bethany, Okla. and a large extended family.
Mr. Stone was born May 23, 1934, in Okmulgee, Okla., to Orville and Viola (Thorman) Stone. A gifted track athlete, he graduated from McAlester High School, earning athletic and academic scholarships to achieve degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma State and the University of Central Oklahoma.
Throughout his 40 year career, Coach Stone left a lasting legacy in each of the high school and colleges where he served as teacher, coach or athletic director, whether at Edmond, McAlester, Shawnee, Eastern Oklahoma State College, University of Nebraska or Oklahoma Baptist University. During his 20 years at Eastern Oklahoma State College, his teams won an impressive 10 two-year college national championships from 1968 to 1988. Coach Stone was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year a remarkable 25 times and 192 of his student-athletes earned All-American honors 537 times. He was also named to the Hall of Fame at McAlester High School, Oklahoma Coaches Athletic Association, Oklahoma Baptist University and the national NJCAA Track Coaches Athletic Association. Above all, he was a man of character and integrity and served as a positive influence for innumerable students.
Active throughout his life, he won his last competitive masters track event at age 79, earning National Championships in 100, 200 and 400-yard races and the triple jump. He volunteered his time and talent to coach summer sports festivals and attended the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany in 2008. He had been an active member of McAlester First Baptist Church while living in Oklahoma and Lamar First Baptist Church after moving to Missouri.
He married the love of his life, Joyce Vivar on Aug. 1, 1960, at Shawnee, Okla.