Larry Alan Stone was born on February 1, 1950, in Frankfurt, Germany, and entered his eternal rest on July 9, 2023, in Chattanooga, TN, with his family near his bedside during his final hours. He enjoyed 73 precious years and leaves a legacy for his family and friends near and far.
He is preceded in death by his father Russell LeRoy Stone of South Dakota (1995) and his cherished mother Huguette Susanne ‘Suzie’ Stone of Marseille, France (2021). He leaves his cherished memories to his family: daughter Bridgette (Bob) Phillips and their four daughters Victoria Phillips, Rebekah (Kohlten) Lamb and their children Micah and Brycen, Alyssa Phillips, and Julianna Phillips; daughter Katie (David) Delmotte and their six children Jake (Katelyn) Delmotte, Sydney Delmotte, Graham Delmotte, Mitchell Delmotte, Heidi Delmotte, and Emory Kate Delmotte; and sister Nicole (Gene) Gerber, along with niece Ginger, nephew Chris, and their families.
Larry’s early childhood years were spent in Europe while his father was in active military service. These formative years gave him a love for fine French food, wine, a good cup of coffee, travel, nature, golf, and fishing. Upon moving to the United States, he spent the remainder of his childhood and educational years in the city of Columbus, OH, where he still has many dear and longtime friends.
Larry was a successful salesman and passionate businessman within the insurance industry. He founded Total Vision Services in 1988, which made vision care available and affordable throughout Ohio and Kentucky. He was an optimistic entrepreneur who was ceaseless in finding ways to make a dollar without taking advantage of people in need, or the less fortunate. After his business career, he took up the art of making hiking sticks and wrote three books: one self-published, one unpublished, and one as a memoir for his family.
He lived his last three years in Dayton, TN, near his daughters’ families, where he enjoyed fishing the Tennessee River in his boat, playing cards, spending quality time with his grandchildren, and enjoying nature by sitting on his front porch with his dog Sophie by his side. Most of all, he loved and cherished spending time with his family around the dinner table, playing games, watching Ohio State football, or simply sharing a coffee and a conversation, which always included a ‘Larry’ story and a joke or two.
Larry is a United States veteran who served in the military branch of the Army and was stationed in Okinawa. He will be laid to rest in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors. There will be a graveside service on Friday, July 14, 2023, at 11 am, where at Larry’s request, his son-in-law David Delmotte will further share about his life and his faith in Jesus Christ.
The family thanks the staff of Companion Funeral Services for their compassion and kindness during this time of earthly loss. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Larry’s legacy, the family requests donations be made to Folds of Honor www.foldsofhonor.com and the FOH In Memory Link or mail to Folds of Honor; Department #13; Tulsa, OK 74182 or to Candies Creek Academy, CCA Donation Link and the Arise & Tell Fund.
You are invited to share a personal memory of Larry or your condolences with his family at his online memorial located at www.companionfunerals.com. Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Stone family with these arrangements.