Thomas Stone

October 7, 1940April 3, 2012

THOMAS JACKSON STONE, beloved husband of Linda Shelnutt Stone for 49 years, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. He was born on October 7, 1940, in Del Rio, Texas, to Philip Lloyd Stone and Ruby Marie Morris. Tom spent his formative years in Pharr, Texas. When in the eighth grade, Tom won the regional spelling bee and represented South Texas at the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. He started high school at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High and still has many friends in the Valley.

The Stone family moved to El Paso in 1957 when father Phil was transferred to a new position in the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Tom finished high school at Ysleta and was the Salutatorian of his class. Tom began his college studies at Texas Western College in 1959 studying engineering. In 1961, Tom was introduced to Linda Shelnutt of Boonville, Missouri, by her uncle who was then stationed at Fort Bliss. On the day Tom met Linda, he told his family that he had met the girl he was going to marry. Tom and Linda were married at Grace United Methodist Church on July 27, 1962. Tom was drafted into the US Army in 1963, and proudly served for three years, including postings at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and in Augsburg, Germany. Tom was honorably discharged from the Army in 1966. Tom and Linda returned to El Paso, where Tom continued his studies, this time in accounting, and at the newly renamed University of Texas at El Paso. He graduated in 1969 and passed the CPA exam in 1971. After working a few years in another firm, Tom started his own private practice in the first of many partnerships that he would form over the next 40 years. Most recently Tom worked in the Jensen Harmon CPA firm with the intention of retiring in the next few years. He was a proud member of the East El Paso Rotary Club for over 30 years, and was honored as Paul Harris Fellow. He loved his work, and in his free time enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time in the outdoors.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Phil and Marie, and is survived by his wife Linda, son Brandon and daughter-in-law Parvin and their children Benjamin and Gwendolyn of Dubai, UAE, and son Tyler of Denver, Colorado. Also surviving are brother George Stone of Denver, Colorado, sister Karin Natowitz and her husband Joseph of College Station, Texas, sister Kristin Hagelstein and her husband Gregg of Fredericksburg, Texas, and sister Mindy Herron and her husband Ken of Humble, Texas, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Tom was loved and respected by many and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service is planned for July 27, 2012 at Martin Funeral Home East. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Please view Mr. Stone’s online memorial tribute and send condolences to

Service arrangements entrusted to the care of FUNERARIA DEL ANGEL MARTIN EAST 1460 GEORGE DIETER DRIVE EL PASO, TEXAS 79936. 915-855-8881.


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Curt Braa

August 7, 2012

Mr stone solved my irs problems 10 years ago. I respected his knowledge but more than that the way he related to me. I was not aware of his passing until today. I am deeply moved

Carl Johnson

July 27, 2012

Dear Linda and Family,
Pam and I loved and appreciated Tom (and you too) for so many years, and we are so sorry we can't be there today to celebrate his life. What a great obituary--so fun to learn so much more about Tom. I told my kids that Tom represented Pam and me personally, and my law office, for at least 35? or more years, and it's obvious he did a great job because I was never audited, and never in trouble with the IRS.

Linda, I miss the days of dropping by the office and chatting with you. You are in our prayers at this difficult time. But, we rejoice in the wonderful life Tom led. God Bless you and Brandon and Tyer.

Carl and Pam Johnson
Keller, Texas

Lin Holcomb

July 27, 2012

Tom was the guy across the street, super person...My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. My God bless and keep you always.

Lin Hudspeth Holcomb,( El Paso, Tx)

July 18, 2012

Linda dear...I know that I cannot say or do anything that can take away your loss, and I really can't find the words to express my deep sympathy.

I just thought you should know that I care.

So sorry I'm going to miss Tom's memorial service on the 27th...I will be out of town
Phyllis (Edmond) Richardson

Doug & Mercedes Weston

June 29, 2012

We'll miss you terribly Tom...and I'll always be grateful for the "Bleach secret"! We only just found out...our most heartfelt condolences.
Doug & Mercedes Weston

Sandy Gerber

May 19, 2012

Mr Stone was my husband and my CPA for almost 17 years and has been my parents CPA for over 30 years. My parents, Lud and Martha Bezemek, adored both Mr and Mrs Stone. They talked about him all the time and how he always had an extension ready for our family because we were always late with our taxes. I am so sad for his family that he was taken away so soon. I know there is a special place in heaven with a beautiful ocean front view for such a kind and wonderful CPA like him.

Pat Gamble

April 20, 2012

So saddened to hear of the loss of my dear friend and C.P.A.. Tom was my life line in business, after the loss of my husband. He would always take the time to answer my questions, I will miss him. Linda my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. please stay in touch. Pat Gamble

April 17, 2012

Hi Linda and family,
Just wanted to let you know we were thinking of you and wish we could have seen you w hile Tom was still alive. So sorry and hope you can rember all the good memories you shared. . Take care. Love. Cousins Donna and Bill, Michael, Stacy, & Bobby - Tom, Kathy,Kim and her husband Phil and baby Declan

Tyler Stone

April 11, 2012

I love you Dad! You may be gone, but wont ever be forgotten. You set such a high standard for this young man to aspire to, I think about you all the time - "what would my Pop do?"
Just like my Father who art in Heaven, you were always there for me, especially during the hard times, and when I was the most undeserving...Thank You!

April 11, 2012

Linda, Brandon and Tyler, I know you have lost a wonderful husband, father, friend and a genuinely kind person whom I was, for 15 years, proud to call brother-in-law. Karin and I had such great times at Tom and Linda's playing pinochle and just shooting the breeze. Lots of great memories and admiration. Remember the good times. Love and take care. Don Allen