Barry Thurman  Stone
Barry Thurman Stone
Funeral services for longtime Kilgore resident Barry Stone are scheduled for Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 2 PM at Rader Funeral Home with Reverend David Hampton officiating. There will be a visitation in the chapel one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Kilgore Memorial Gardens.
Barry Thurman Stone was born January 24, 1947 in Shreveport, Louisiana and died December 22, 2019 in Longview, Texas after a three month long battle in Houston of surgeries and efforts to rehabilitate from devastating spinal cord injuries.
The son of W.T and Zelda Stone, he attended elementary school in Lake Charles, Louisiana and moved with his family to Kilgore in 1959. A 1965 graduate of Kilgore High School where he was a 4 sport letterman, he was selected to the KHS Hall of Honor in 1998. An athlete from early childhood, he participated and enjoyed sports throughout his life. Upon graduation he attended the University of Texas at Austin and played football for the Texas Longhorns.
He and his wife, Linda Galavin Stone, were married October 16, 1971 and made their home in Kilgore where Barry worked for GTE and Verizon until his retirement as an outside plant engineer in 1997. Following retirement, he worked part time in the club house at the Overton Golf Course. Growing up in Kilgore, he was a member of the First Baptist Church.
During their 48 years of marriage, Barry and Linda enjoyed many fishing trips, golfing vacations, travels to the beaches of Hilton Head Island and Destin, Florida, the San Francisco Bay area, the mountains of Lake Tahoe and Colorado, and the areas of New Mexico, Tucson, and Phoenix. They also enjoyed the one arm bandits at Tunica, Winstar, and Biloxi. Because of Linda's cancer diagnosis at age 41, they made the decision to live their lives making memories and sharing their lives with the ones they loved for as long as they could.
Predeceasing Barry in death are his parents W.T. and Zelda Stone, his in laws Floyd and Motie Galavin, his grandparents, uncle, aunts, and cousins.
He is survived by his wife Linda, brother Max Stone of Longview, nephew Greg Stone and wife Sally of Atlanta, Georgia, and several cousins.
To the life long group of friends who have come forth to help us through these last three months, you have our eternal love and gratitude.
Memorials can be made in Barry's name to any charity of your choice.
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Dooger Chanler

Linda, please know my heart is emotionally down when I think Barry is gone. But it is up when I think of all the really good times we had together.

We played a lot of golf years ago. He took me to Schultz’s In AUSTIN for the 1St time when Joe Rodden & I visited Ken Guidry(Plano) and Barry there in AUSTIN during the summer. It was the original location. We had a super time running around with 2 UT football players!!!!!

Most of us that were sophomores’67, looked up to those older ‘65 athletes.

We had fun working for the city with Skip Floyd, John Crane, Danny Etheridge, and Grady Rhodes.

Barry was funny when I was coaching summer baseball. I had a young player, that was being mosquito bit in the outfield in Driller Park. Barry was umpiring & he kept telling Walter to quit cussing about all the bites. Barry told him one more time and I’m going to kick you out. So Walter just kept on. It finally got to be so funny Barry told him, Coach Dooger will get made at me if I kick you out so just don’t yell it out anymore. So in between inning Barry would tell me what he told Walter. We laughed until our sides hurt about that later.

Got to remember Barry was a Prep School All American Basketball Player his senior year’65.

He might have been the Best All Around Athlete that ever played at Kilgore High School.

A lot of the time Good friends can get lost in the shuffle of life. Since, I had been so close to Barry I thought he’d always be there even though we hadn’t seen each other in a long time. After Johnny Johnson passed I made a list of who I needed to see when I went back to KILGORE from San Antonio.

Barry was #1 on my list. But like Johnny, I was just a little too late.

I sure loved that big guy. I do Linda also. She was good for Barry all those years. She is a sweet lady. As a matter of fact I married another Linda that is just like her that is Sweet, Smart, Pretty lady from Paris, Texas just like his his Linda!!!!!!!!!

I’ll stop now because I could go on & there are many more memories! I’ll just keep them in my head and heart.

Your old buddy, A. Leroy “Dooger” Chanler

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