Michael T. Stone

Born in Atlanta, GA on July 12, 1948

Departed on July 3, 2021 and resided in Atlanta, GA

Mike was born to Jack A. and Margaret T. Stone at Emory Hospital on July 12, 1948 and lived in Atlanta all of his life other than the time he was away in college and serving in the Army. Mike had a wonderful “old fashioned” childhood, playing ball with his brother and neighborhood friends, riding his bike or walking to his grammar schools E. Rivers and Margaret Mitchell. The family never missed Sundays at Second Ponce-de-Leon Baptist church and homemade peach ice cream afterwards during the summer.

Everyone trusted and loved “Sweet Mike”! A natural leader, Mike was elected president of his class in the 10th and 11th grades, and president of the Junior Civitan Club at The Lovett School. In the 10th grade he met a new student, Linda Murphy, who became his high school girlfriend for two years. He was a sports enthusiast playing football, basketball and running track in high school. He was a devoted fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons and particularly the Atlanta Braves throughout his life.

Mike attended Southwest at Memphis (now Rhodes College) where he was a member of the SAE fraternity. He transferred to the University of Georgia for the last two years of college, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and later earning an MBA from Ga. State.

Mike drew the number fifteen in the Draft lottery December 1, 1969, and soon after graduation from college was off to Vietnam, serving in the US Army, 101st Airborne division until 1972.

Returning to Atlanta, Mike worked for the IRS, later joining his father and brother at Stone and Company, a CPA firm, where he worked for the remainder of his career. He was a member of the Cherokee Town and Country Club where he enjoyed golf, watching his kids on the swim team, and dining with dear friends.

After the Army, Mike enjoyed many happy memories living at Colonial Homes apartments, where he met his first wife Peg and some of his lifelong friends. Mike and Peg were blessed with two wonderful children, Jamie and Todd.

After fourteen years of marriage they were amicably divorced and remained caring co-parents.

Thirty years after The Lovett School graduation, Mike rediscovered his high school girlfriend, Linda Murphy Finsthwait, also amicably divorced with two wonderful children, Scott and Elizabeth. Mike and Linda married in 1994 and they became known as a “Modern family” sharing many holidays, family birthdays, weddings, and special occasions during their twenty-seven year marriage.

Mike and Linda loved traveling and lived life to the fullest, often sharing trips with friends and family. An Alaskan cruise in 2018 highlighted their joint 70th birthdays with their four kids, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law. A fabulous time was had by all!

Mike and Linda loved the mountains of western N.C. and spent many memorable times at their home in Cashiers over the past 22 years, highlighted by the friends they made who enriched their lives.

Sadly in 2016, Mike was diagnosed at Emory with FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia). Mike’s condition slowly regressed, as he and Linda lived their lives as normally as possible. Mike went almost everywhere with Linda, his devoted wife and caregiver until he could no longer walk. In January 2021, he moved into a memory care home in Atlanta, where he lived when he passed on, with his high school girlfriend by his side.

Mike is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Jamie, her husband Geoff and their children Kent Stone Rogers and Tess Anne Rogers of Saudi Arabia, his son Todd and his wife Audrey of Atlanta, his stepchildren Scott and Elizabeth Ashley Finsthwait, his brother Craig, wife Suzanne, niece Carter, nephew Buster and brother-in-law David Murphy and his fiancee Faye.

A service will be held at Mike’s church, Trinity Presbyterian on July 13 at 11:00 am.

Memorials in Mike’s name are appreciated to - Trinity Presbyterian 3003 Howell Mill Rd. Atlanta, Ga. 30327; Emory.edu/give - reference “FTD Research” (1762 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, Ga. 30322) or

The Lovett School at 4075 Paces Ferry Rd. Atlanta, Ga 30327


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Guestbook Entries

  1. Tim Knight July 7, 2021 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Bless you, my friend. You will be missed by many. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to meet you and get to know you. My thoughts are with those who are also missing your laugh and your smile.

  2. Jim Connah July 7, 2021 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    A good man, everybody’s friend, ever pleasant. My friend for 60 years. He will be sorely missed on this of this of the veil.

    • Marci Maurer-Nunnery July 8, 2021 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      I lit a candle in honor of Mike today at Mass and for his precious love,,Linda . .
      Mike’s smile and eyes will remain in my heart.
      Grateful for our time Dancing at RCA and a most spectacular afternoon with Linda and Mike at their home in Cashiers,NC .those memories Will forever be in my heart.
      Linda and Mike defined Southern Hospitality .
      As Heaven received you ,Mike – your light remains .
      Peace of Christ ,
      🙏💜Marci

  3. Laura Sherard July 7, 2021 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Looking at your familiar wonderful smile just now makes me both happy and then so sad-that I won’t see it again (this side of heaven) You were my closest boy “friend” starting in 8th grade, and I will ALWAYS be happy that I was the matchmaker for your 1st date with Linda-Truly a marriage made in heaven!
    My deepest love & sympathy to you, Linda

  4. Guerry Thornton July 7, 2021 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Mike was a kind, gentle & caring soul who was at peace with all who came in his life. He lived a good Christian life & brought kindness & joy to those around him. May his spirit & legacy live on. He achieved life’s true purpose: his helped make the world a better place for all. May he Rest in Peace.

  5. Gary Schneeberg July 8, 2021 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    We only knew each other for just over a year. In that short time you made a wonderful lasting impression of which I will always treasure. I look forward to our glorious reunion in our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom!

  6. Christi July 9, 2021 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Oh Mike, how I did love you and cherished our friendship. What started out as a work relationship turned into a treasured friend for almost thirty years. We would meet for lunch usually at Laseter’s and talk for hours like two girlfriends. It was great! He always went down the list asking me about other friends and my family. So engaging and sincerely interested. I can’t believe he is gone. Seems way too soon and way too young, but God was ready for him before we were anywhere close to being ready to say goodbye. Thankfully, it’s just for a little while and then we will be back together. Until then, Rest In Peace my sweet friend. I love you so much and miss you terribly.

  7. George Gerakitis July 10, 2021 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Rest In Peace my fellow “ Screaming Eagle”. It’s been an honor for me to say that I was a part of your life.

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