Ruben Lee Stone

Ruben Lee Stone, 92, died Saturday, September 5, 2020 in Waco following a long and brave battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was born August 31, 1928 in Otto, TX, to J. D. and Lennie B. (Stevens) Stone.

Ruben lived most of his life in Waco, marrying Nelda Garner in 1947. The couple had two daughters, Janis (Stone) Sorenson and Sherry (Stone) Griffin. He lived as a devoted Baptist deacon, spending his final years in service to Park Lake Drive Baptist Church.

Service Information: A family memorial service will be held at the church on Friday, September 11, at 1:00 p.m.

Ruben had several jobs in his early life: moving van driver, 7-Eleven clerk, manager of wholesale food distributer, and finally landing at his longterm position at General Tire, serving 30 years until the plant closure. Still too young for total retirement, he landed his dream job as a groundskeeper at Midway ISD until fully retiring.

Following the passage of wife, Nelda, Ruben remarried in 2003 to Patricia Nissan, another member of Park Lake Drive Baptist Church. They resided in Waco until her death in 2013.

Ruben was predeceased by his parents; five brothers; five sisters; spouses, Nelda and Patricia; as well as a grandson, Joshua Westbrook, and great-granddaughter, Rylan Faith Fogle.

He is survived by daughter, Janis and her husband, Gary Sorenson; daughter, Sherry; his twin sister, Ruth Roberts of Pearl, MS; five grandchildren, Bobby Sorenson, Shannon Edmonds, Crystal Aylor, Michal Smith, and Courtney Fogle; as well as thirteen great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the loving caregivers at Regent Care Center of Woodway for their diligent care during this difficult time with not just COVID lockdown, but challenging progression of his disease. Ruben Lee Stone was loved and respected by everyone who came into contact with him. While he was proud to be known as “tightwad Stone,” his giving nature knew no bounds.


Place of Service: Park Lake Drive Baptist Church , 3701 N. 27th St.; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. Dear Family of Ruben Stone,
    Our Bluebonnet Hospice Family is keeping you all close in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Please accept our condolences for the loss of Mr. Stone.
    May God bless and keep you all,
    The Owners and Staff of Bluebonnet Health Services (Hospice)

  2. Dear Janis and family,
    I’m saddened to hear that you have had to bid an earthly farewell to your father. May God’s great grace, comfort and mercy abound to each of you at this time.
    Love, Dianne Locke Holland

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