Billy Joe Stone
Billy Joe Stone
  • January 19, 1932 - January 14, 2017
  • Hamilton, Texas

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Billy Joe "Snuffy" Stone went home to the Lord on Saturday 14, 2017. He was born on a frosty January 19, 1932 in Elgin, Texas to William S. Stone and Ann M. Woods Stone. Snuffy grew up in that area and graduated from Taylor High School in the year 1949. That same year, Snuffy joined the National Guard, serving twelve years as well as attending Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas for two years. He left the service in 1961 as the 1st Sargent of the 149th MP Company. He was proud of his MP Service and was a National Pistol Champion.

Snuffy has a multifaceted career among which he was an award-winning salesman for Phillips Petroleum. He also worked on transmission powerline in West Texas and Oklahoma. Snuffy was a general contractor for years in residential and commercial construction. He was certified welder and held several patents for various implements he devised. He was successful entrepreneur having owned and managed a variety of business from Gas Stations to Bar-Be-Que joints. Snuffy was very proud of his success in the barbeque business and his victories in chili cook-offs. When he semi-retired here to Hamilton, he enjoyed his work with Billy Powell for several years as a master electrician.

As a longtime member of the Lion's Club, Snuffy would volunteer to be Santa Claus, for various charities that the club worked with. He even held a chair with the Chamber of Commerce of Lago Vista. Snuffy was a true sportsman. When he was young he was an avid hunter. Though as he got older, he turned to fishing. He was an accomplished fisherman winning tournaments at Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis. Snuffy also golfed thought out his life, enjoyed the course around Austin, Highland Lakes, Gatesville, and Hamilton. He was also a fan of the "sports of Kings" and enjoyed traveling to the tracks and spending time there. Snuffy was very passionate about sports, especially college football, and the Texas Rangers. He volunteered to coach little league baseball, and was very proud of his six grandchildren, and his multitude of nieces and nephews, and their accomplishments.

Snuffy love the community and pace of the life in Hamilton. It was a welcome change from Central and South Texas. He thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship at Littleville Baptist Church. They was such a great comfort throughout his later years.

Billy Joe "Snuffy" Stone is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cheryl Britain Stone; two sons Ron Welton and wife, Leona of Lago Vista, and Will Welton and wife Nikki of Jonestown. He leaves behind his younger sisters, Mary Johnson of Waco, Yvonne McGloun and husband Donald of Lake Jackson; cousin, Jeanette Stone-Hunt; six grandchildren; and multitude of nieces and nephews.