Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX


Tom Basil Stenis

May 9, 1922October 3, 2019

Tom Basil Stenis, 97, passed away on October 3, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

Tom was born on May 9, 1922 in Santa Fe, New Mexico to parents Basil and Aristi Stenis. He graduated from University of Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1947, he moved to Lubbock and accepted a position as an Associate Professor at Texas Tech, where he worked for more than 40 years.

Tom was a great man and a loving father. On September 22, 1943, he married Rowena Smith in Austin, Texas and the couple had 4 children together. Tom was a social, active man who was deeply involved in Orchestra for the majority of his life. His family and friends will always remember him as a happy, loving person.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Rowena Stenis, of Austin, Texas; brother, Byron Stenis of Houston, Texas; and his parents, Basil and Aristi Stenis, of El Paso, Texas.

Tom is survived by his 4 children, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on October 7, 2019, at Great Hills Baptist Church, with Pastor Danny Forshee will officiate. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery in Pflugerville.


  • Tom is survived by

    4 children

    14 grandchildren

    16 great-grandchildren.

  • Wayne Stenis, Active Pallbearer
  • Vaughn Stenis, Active Pallbearer
  • Harley Stenis, Active Pallbearer
  • Paul Stenis, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Walvoord, Active Pallbearer
  • Luke Stenis, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Sunday, October 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Tom Basil Stenis

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Jerry and Cheryl Babbitt

October 5, 2019

"Brother Tom" will be truly missed in our GHBC Orchestra, just as we still miss "Sister Rowena". What a blessing it was when, in 1987, this delightful couple moved from Lubbock to Austin, and both Tom and Rowena joined our orchestra. For the remainder of their lives, they contributed their musical talents to both the Great Hills Orchestra and the Austin Civic Orchestra. Tom was also an enthusiastic member of the Austin Banjo Club. Both were dedicated musicians, and true examples of Christian love and faithfulness. Attending weekly orchestra rehearsals and Sunday worship services was a true commitment to serving God, rather than just a "musical activity". They contributed their musical talents to serve their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I keep referring to "Tom and Rowena", since they were truly "ONE" and now are reunited in Heaven, in the presence of Jesus Christ, who they so faithfully served throughout their lives. What a blessing and inspiration and honor it has been to have Tom and Rowena as part our lives.

susan & Wayne Meehleib

October 4, 2019

We are thinking of Mr. Tom joining his beloved Mrs. Rowena and playing beautiful music together once again.
No words can express what they meant to us in the 20+ years we served with them and were blessed by their friendship.

No one showed what it is like to be "Christ-like" more than Mr. Tom.
He made us all stronger in the Lord...and, oh, the many many little souls he touched.

We will miss you, but are comforted to know that you have finished the race and you can spend eternity praising your Saviour.

Will always think of you when we hear "You Are My Sunshine"

Love you, Mr. Tom
Mrs. Susan and Mr. Wayne