James F. Stoner Obituary

James F. Stoner

Jul 23, 1963-Jul 03, 2018
Resided in Alvarado, TX
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James Francis Stoner passed away unexpectedly on July 3, 2018 in Alvarado, TX. 

James was born July 23, 1963 in McAllen, TX to Alan J. and Mary K. (O’Donnell) Stoner, the youngest of four children.  His early childhood was spent in McAllen where he attended Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School.  The family moved to Corpus Christi in 1976 where James attended Incarnate Word Academy and graduated from Richard King High School in 1982.  He later attended college at both Louisiana State University and UT Arlington.  His professional career was in the Financial Services industry where he served in a variety of positions for nearly 25 years, most recently as the Brokerage Sales Manager of the Disability Division for Nelson Financial Group.  He also served as a Past President of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Ft. Worth Chapter.  James thoroughly enjoyed his career and focusing on his client’s individual needs brought him great pleasure.

On September 29, 2013, he was united in marriage to Candice Larae Nielsen on the beach in Navarre, Florida.  He was a loving, supportive husband, and was truly Candice’s best friend and cheerleader through their years together. 

James’ daughters, Mary Morgan and Meredith, and granddaughter, Mary Grace, were his pride and joy.  He never wanted to miss any special moments in their lives or the opportunity to just be with them.  Whether vacationing on the beach of Destin, camping at a State Park, or enjoying the peacefulness of the Hill Country, he loved the adventures and making memories with his girls.  He loved to Facetime with his daughters and granddaughter and he loved the title of “Grampy”.  He also enjoyed his frequent trips to Whataburger with the family dog, Lily, to get a fresh taquito and fries to share with her.

James enjoyed playing golf, traveling, trying new recipes, and catching a high school football game.  He loved to attend concerts, sit by a campfire, and play board games with his family.  Both of James’ parents immigrated to Texas from Dublin, Ireland and over the years, the family made numerous trips back to Ireland to visit all the relatives.  James always relished returning to his roots and referred to those trips as “crossing the pond” where he always enjoyed his time in Dublin with both grandmothers, who of course adored him!  He had lots of fun playing with all his Irish cousins, often trying to talk like them with an “Irish brogue”.

James is survived by his parents Alan and Mary (Mamie) Stoner of Corpus Christi; wife, Candice of Alvarado; two daughters, Mary Morgan Stoner and Meredith Grace Stoner; granddaughter, Mary Grace Stoner, all of Baton Rouge, LA; brother, Alan (Susan) Stoner of Austin; sister, Mary (David) Yost of Dallas, and brother, Paul (Marie) of Austin; mother-in-law, Becky Green of Burleson; sister-in-law, Jessikka Nielsen of Alvarado; niece, Bailey Ward of Alvarado and nephew, Matthew Nielsen of Alvarado, as well as, his Aunt and Uncle, Anne and Kevin O’Donnell of Lubbock, TX; Aunt and Godmother Helen Pooley of Falls Church, VA; numerous Cousins in both the US and Ireland; and the Mother of his children, Lauri Carney Williams of Baton Rouge, LA.

A Celebration of Life for James will be Friday, July 27th at 11:00 am at Firestone & Robertson’s Whiskey Ranch at 4250 Mitchell Boulevard in Fort Worth.  The family requests memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

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Michael Giannetti Jul 13, 2018
Mentee, Grapevine Texas
James really cared about his family, his friends, and his colleges. He went out of his way on numerous occasions to help me in my career and I am thankful for the positive impact he made on my life. May he rest in peace and be remembered forever as a legend in our industry. Michael Giannetti, CFP
Dana A Call Jul 13, 2018
NAIFA Member, Allen Texas
May the prayers of others help you at this difficult time.
Judy Hoberman Jul 13, 2018
Business Colleague, Southlake Texas
My thoughts and prayers are with the Stoner family. James always made sure that when there was an opportunity for me to be part of NAIFA, he did. He loved his family and told me about them whenever I was in his presence.
Esther Davis Jul 13, 2018
Past Executive Director of NAIFA-Fort Worth, Arlington Texas
My heart goes out James' family for their loss. I worked with James on the Board of Directors for many years at NAIFA-Fort Worth and during his presidency. He was easy to get along with. May God add his peace and understanding to James' family during this time.
Ray Jul 15, 2018
Friend , Woodlands Texas
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss.
Joanne Dula Jul 15, 2018
working, Bedford Texas
I had the privilege of working with and knowing James as a friend through our NAIFA and my job working with Portamedic and later EMSI. I loved his quick smile and always a hug....I am greatly saddened by his death and will pray for peace for his family.
Juanita Bilbrey Jul 30, 2018
Friend, Fort Worth Texas
My heart is broken and my prayers go out to the Stoner family. James was one of the most honorable and kindest men I knew. He was absolutely the best DI insurance agent that I have ever worked with for it didn’t matter the day or the hour he was on call for me; willing to help you anyway he could. I was blessed with his laughter and warm smile.
Mike Bilbrey Jul 30, 2018
Friend/Insurance Agent, Fort Worth Texas
James was an amazing, wonderful friend. I have been working with James for a 15 + years. He was always my go to guy on "ALL" of my disability cases. He was the 'BEST" DI rep. I have ever worked with in my 40+ year career. Anytime I had a case to work on, all I had to do is email or call James and he was on it. He had an amazing work ethic, and had great joy in the DI business. In fact, he put fun back into the DI business. Working with James was never a dull moment. I was always so excited when I would have a new case to work on because, I would not only just get a DI quote but more important James would write a Chapter explaining in great detail how the plan would work and the best way to present it to my client. My DI business will never be the same without James Stoner. It is so very hard to imagine working with any one else but James, because he was so great at what he did. I will always be grateful to God that I was honored to have known such a great DI rep. like James Stoner and the blessings that I received from knowing and working with him. All I can do now is go out and try to find another DI rep. I will search for the "Best" DI rep. out there but, I am sad to say that the "Best" rep. that I find will be 2nd. "BEST' to James Stoner. May God comfort James Stoner's family and friends and may we all continue remembering what James did for all of us in the DI business. Mike Bilbrey


Celebration of Life
Firestone & Robertson's Whiskey Ranch
4250 Mitchell Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76119
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