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.