Glen A. Stone, age 83, of Lamar, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Truman Healthcare Center.
Glen was born May 23, 1934, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, second of the four children of the late 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, Glen 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. Glen had been an active member of McAlester First Baptist Church while living in Oklahoma and Lamar First Baptist Church after moving to Missouri.
On August 1, 1960, at Shawnee, Oklahoma, Glen married the love of his life, Joyce Vivar, and she survives of the home. Also surviving are his children, Terrence Stone, Los Angeles, California, Cindy Higdon, Colcord, Oklahoma, Vickie (Dennis) Champlin, Lamar, Joe Stone, Rhome, Texas, Danny (Jama) Stone, Mulberry, Kansas, and Aaron Stone, Lamar; a brother, Joe (June) Stone, McAlester, Oklahoma; two sisters, Treva Stamps, Sedgwick, Kansas and Marjorie Taylor, Bethany, Oklahoma and a large extended family. Glen took great pride in his ten grandchildren, Kristen (Brenton) Reavley, Kyle and Eric Higdon, Rachill, Cole, Erikkha, and Ashliee Stone, Sky (Dakota) Soard, D.J. and Dakota Stone and delighted in his three great-grandchildren, Ella and Jackson Reavley and Paisley Soard.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 9th at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home in McAlester. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 13th at First Baptist Church in McAlester, Oklahoma. Burial will be in Memory Gardens at McAlester, Oklahoma.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Gideons International in care of the funeral home.
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