County Celebrates life of ACES Teacher Lora Stone

Celebration of Life Memorial for Lora Seay Stone was held September 3, 2016


Ashland City Elementary School Teacher Lora Stone was celebrated and remembered by her family, friends and community with a Celebration of Life Memorial at ACES on Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Lora, known by her friends, family and co-workers as Lori, lost her battle to cancer Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

“Everyone keeps asking,’I thought your name was Lori?’ My real birth certificate name is Lora so in school that’s what I was called. But my family, church, and closest friends have always known me as LORI.” – Lora Stone, Facebook

In March of this year she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. She was admitted into Centennial Hospital in Nashville the week of August 21, where she was diagnosed with Pneumonia, a side effect and complication of the chemotherapy treatments she’d been receiving.

Breast Cancer Awareness
Friends and family show their support by establishing Team Lori and raising awareness to Breast Cancer.

According to her husband Mark Stone she’d recently taken her last chemotherapy treatment.  They were awaiting a body scan to determine if treatments had been effective. Previous results had shown a decrease in the cancer and doctors were optimistic additional treatments could continue to present positive results.

The last set of chemotherapy treatments had been stronger than those previously received. They proved to be difficult on her physically but emotionally and spiritually she was a fighter with an unwavering faith in God.

Lori met her husband Mark Stone at Free Will Baptist Bible College in 1990 and they married in February of 1992.
Lori met her husband Mark Stone at Free Will Baptist Bible College in 1990 and they married in February of 1992.

Lori Seay met her husband Mark Stone at Free Will Baptist Bible College in 1990. They were engaged in 1991 and married February 8, 1992. They built their life, raising two daughters Malori (Stone) Walsh and Melanee Stone, while building a ministry together in Cheatham County.

She dedicated her life to God, her husband, their family and teaching. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Free Will Baptist Bible College. Prior to teaching at Ashland City Elementary she taught for a short period of time at Bransford Elementary in Springfield, Tennessee, but the vast majority of her twenty-three year career as an educator was spent at ACES teaching (T1) Transitional First Grade and grades 1-4.

United Covenant Church
Lori helped her husband with United Covenant Church where he pastored. She helped with children’s ministries and led the Celebrate Recovery Ministry from 2009 – 2015 in Ashland City,Tennessee.

Additionally she spent her life helping her husband build his ministry at United Covenant Church in Ashland City where he pastored and she not only served as a pastor’s wife but also the children’s teacher and led Celebrate Recovery Ministry.

“Lori was known to have said many times growing up ‘I will never marry a preacher’ but God had a different plan.  She became an amazing pastor’s wife who mothered many children.  She was such an amazing mother and wife,” stated husband Mark Stone.

The Stone Family
Lori with her family in May of 2015 celebrating her youngest daughter, Melanee’s high school graduation from Cheatham County Central High School. Pictured left to right are Melanee Stone, Mark Stone, Lora Stone, Malori (Stone) and James Walsh.

Her Facebook page is representative of the love she had for God, her husband, daughters, family, church and children taught during her twenty-three years as an elementary educator.

“I am a very blessed person with a wonderful husband, awesome daughters, a beautiful home and a job I love!” – Lora Stone, Facebook

Lori left her mark in Cheatham County within the halls and classrooms of ACES, United Covenant Church and surrounding communities.  Lori will be missed but she will live on through the lives she touched and for many she’ll never be forgotten.

“she was an amazing teacher who went above and beyond that which was expected of her. She will be so missed by her family, friends and so many little children.” – Mark Stone

Cheatham News shares in mourning the loss of Lori Stone and extends sincere condolences to her husband Mark, daughter and son-in-law Malori (Stone) and James Walsh, daughter Melanee Stone, her family, Ashland City Elementary School, Cheatham County School District, friends and community.

A GoFundMe Account has been set up to help the Stone family with medical bills and funeral expenses.  You can support the family with a donation at

-Tonya Steele

The original version of this article can be found at Published in the September 2, 2016 edition of the I-24 Exchange Newspaper.


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