Crystal Pauline Jones Pistone
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Crystal Pauline Jones Pistone CHARLOTTE - Mrs. Pistone, 84, passed away peacefully at CMC University Hospital on October 5, 2013. Her husband, daughter and great friend were by her side. She was born November 1, 1928, in Shamrock, Oklahoma, and later moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she met her husband and soul mate, Tom Pistone. For 68 years she was the loving wife of NASCAR legend, Tiger Tom Pistone. They were inseparable and Crystal's constant love for him and their nine children were her passion in life. Theirs was a lifetime love and both hearts truly beat as one. Mrs. Pistone was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Evelyn Jones; her brother, Junior; her sons, Tom Jr. and Jimmy; as well as daughter, Rosie. Also predeceasing Mrs. Pistone were grandchildren, Jon Bennett Hannan Pistone and John Thomas. Mrs. Pistone is survived by her husband and three sons, Pete Pistone of Charlotte, Tommy Pistone III and her grandson whom she raised since he was 18 months old and considered as a son, and Sam Pistone of Charlotte, as well as three daughters, Rosemary, Lena and Crystal, her namesake. She is also survived by many grandchildren including Taylor Pistone, Rosie and Christopher Trester, Roselee and Manuel Sadek; and many great-grandchildren. Her favorite Scripture passage was Psalm 23, "The Lord Is My Shepherd." Mrs. Pistone was the most loving and caring person you could ever want to know. She is missed so much and loved! Mrs. Pistone will be entombed in the family mausoleum in a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart and Lung Associations. Condolences may be offered at

Published in Charlotte Observer on Oct. 7, 2013.
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July 2, 2016
Chrissy, I'm so sorry you lost your momma. She was beautiful! She is always with you and I know she must be very proud of you. You are such an amazing woman who has chosen to dedicate her life to rescuing dogs because you have such a big heart. I have to believe you are probably a lot like your momma. Hugs and love .
April 9, 2016
I know you have a large family but you were the one who never left Tiger Mamas side for 19 years.
I was so honored to be her nurse in ICU. I remember that one morning I walked in her room and you two were snuggled together in the hospital bed. I still cry thinking of that.
Today I remember you both with such love and respect for it's the day you two came and donated your time to help save three animals I found on the street. I love you.
Gina Wells
November 1, 2015
So Sorry about your Tiger Mommy Chrissy & Tiger Tom.. I know you are still missing her just as much today as then.. Remember she will always be in your Hearts looking down from Heaven.. Love to the Pistones..
Pam Little
January 28, 2015
Chrissy, You get well and don't give up, your sweet mommy would want you to fight not give up. Your going to be ok just believe in the power of prayer and Gods healing. Chrissy no one sacrificed more then you did for your sweet mommy and we all saw it. She adored you as you did her. You have no guilt honey for you couldn't save her this time. God wanted her. I know your grieving horribly but please fight for all your family, and friends we love and need you. Love Sherry.
February 12, 2014
The Pistone Family, circa Late 60's, early 1970's.
Dear Tiger Tom & Family: Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your precious and wonderful Crystal. She was not only a wife, a soul mate, a mother and a friend; but an inspiration to all that came in contact with her. She will be deeply missed, and always be remembered for the love, caring and comfort that she gave her family and others each day while here on earth. That special love and caring is now forever etched in eternity. Hearing of her passing brings time for reflection, and after knowing you Tiger for over 55 years and the unique love affair that you and your family members shared with Crystal, I to truly share your family's loss. God bless you all and help you through this devastating period in your lives.
Bill Donoghue
December 31, 2013
I am very sad to hear of your wife, and mother's passing. I am sure she was a wonderful person and a joy to know. Please extend our sympathy to your family.
When my mother passed, at 84 years, my father also was devastated, which is the way of life. His family never let him down, nor will yours!
God Bless You and your Family!
David Williams
November 12, 2013
My deepest condolences to The Pistone Family. You are all in my thoughts. <3
Kerry Erwin
October 22, 2013
I am very sad too hear of crystals passing. She was a wonderful women in so many ways !!!!she treated me good when I stayed with them and we had such good times doing hair and make up when the men would be away racing. She was a wonderful mother in more ways I can count and I know she will be missed from her wonderful children still alive,.. Tiger tom and Family my heart is with you all !!!!!!!! God has taken her too walk free now.. tears..!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless You All... She will be in my prayers . ciao.. con te come me..!!!!!!!!!!!
Lmaria Delricco/ Salerno
October 16, 2013
Tiger, Our most sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. You and I have done several autograph signings together and I can't imagine a Tom Pistone sad, not smiling or playing practical jokes. Please know that you are loved and appreciated by many, many people and I am one. I trust in time we will see that "TIGER" Tom smile again.
Thinking of you and yours and so very sorry.
Garry Hill
Garry Hill
October 15, 2013
Tiger, I didn't really know Crystal but I knew you loved her very much and that tells me she was a special person.

The Ragan family sends their sorrow and sympathies during this trying time for you and your family.

You're an important person in our lives and we are very saddened for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time in your life.

Marvin Ragan and the Ragan family.
Marvin Ragan
October 15, 2013
Sending you great respect, honor, and love, Mr. Pistone and family. Our prayers to our Lord are to surround and support you all, in great comfort. What a lovely gift, a rare and precious jewel, your dear Crystal was. May your hearts lean in to one another and find great peace. So very blessed by your entire family, inspired by your marriage, enthralled by your career, and so saddened at your loss. May God's continued blessing of His companionship remain a sweet and stalwart presence in your life. The Miller-Rowe Family
Kimberly Miller
October 15, 2013
Sending our love and sympathy to you all during this very difficult time. Much love from all of us at Longacre.
Misty Creel
October 15, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time. Crystal touched many lives and those lives are forever changed
The Pattons
October 14, 2013
Tom, Barbara and I send our love and sympathy to you and all your family. We hold you close in our thoughts and prayers. You and Crystal enjoyed something special. You are special still and I know will continue to bring lightness and joy into everyone 's life you touch like you have always done.
Roger and Barbara Bear
October 13, 2013
Chrissy, Tommy, Mr. Pistone we are all saddened to hear Crystal passed away. I hope you all lean on one another she loved you all so much. Chrissy every time you brought her in she would brag how lucky she was to have you, she said you sacrificed your life for hers. I know you did not feel that way, but she worried about you. Please find comfort knowing how proud she was of you and Tommy. I don't know many children who would give up their lives like you two did to take care of their parents. God surely has angel wings waiting on you when it's your time to join Crystal. She was just a beautiful person inside and out. Hold on to your happy memories. Love Patty.
October 13, 2013
Sad to hear of your loss, a miracle to have spent your life enjoying it together
Shannon Berezanski
October 13, 2013
Sorry for your loss Tom. The two of you had something very special. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
David Barlow
October 13, 2013
My deepest sympathy Tom, Chrissy and the entire Pistone family on the loss of your wife, mother, friend and beloved supporter. May her candle forever brightly shine on this earth.
Mike Chanter
October 13, 2013
My condolences to you and your family, Tom. I know you feel lost without Crystal, but I'm sure she wouldn't want you to feel that way, especially with all your children and grandchildren to share your love. Stay strong, Tom. You and Crystal will be reunited one day and will then be able to turn 68 years into eternity.
Jerry Bonkowski
October 12, 2013
To the entire Pistone family, our hearts are heavy at your loss. You are in our prayers, and we hope you find strength in your time of sorrow.
Santus & Phyllis Gore
October 12, 2013
To Chrissy, just want to you know your sweet mother loved you very much. Every time you brought her to her Dr Apt, you held her hand. She told me many times when I took her for blood work, she would be lost without you. You honored your mother on earth, and I know you will in death. Your a special person Chrissy, not many would sacrifice their own life like you have done for your Mom for 17 years. Just remember how much she loved you. My deepest condolences. Tonya
Tonya Peak
October 9, 2013
Tom,thoughts and prayers are wth you brother. May God comfort you.
Randy Queen
October 9, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pistone family in their time of sorrow.
DeWitt & Middy Paschal
October 9, 2013
sorry for your loss Tiger. You and the Pistone family are in my thoughts & prayers.
Ed Sanseverino
October 9, 2013
To Chrissy, Tiger and all the Pistone Family, our hearts go out to you all at this sad time. What a beautiful Being she was and still is though now in Heaven's world. May the Beauties of her Soul still yet live on this earth honored thru your very own Souls. All our Love to you all, Barry and Margaret Sue Turner Wright
Margaret Sue Turner Wright
October 9, 2013
Pete, I am so sorry for your lost! May you gain a total peace in your heart!
Jerome Wilson
P O Box 16284
Charlotte, N C 28297
(704) 339-0905 (Ask for Jay)
October 9, 2013
Tom Sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife,who stuck with you through thick and thin
Louis LaRosa
October 8, 2013
To all of the Pistone Family, Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all or your family during your sad time of grief. Walter and Rhonda Glasnak and all of our staff at Racing's North Turn.
October 8, 2013
Tiger, Chrissy, Lena, and Pistone family... I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You guys mean alot to me and have been great friends. I know she meant alot to you. If there is anything I can do for you... please let me know. I will be praying for you all. Sincerely Paul (Randy) Linker
Paul Linker
October 8, 2013
Tiger,Sorry Buddy Deepest Sympathy
Lou Sipolt
October 8, 2013
Sending Heartfelt sympathy to the Pistone family. So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful lady, inside and out. God bless you
Patsy Kennedy
October 8, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Nancy Hammond
October 8, 2013
My love & sympathy to you all! I've gotten to know y'all from being friends with Chrissy over Social Media & love y'all like a family <3! Continued prayers Tiger Daddy, Chrissy, Tommy & everyone! I love you <3
Sandie Longs
October 8, 2013
Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers during this time of great sorrow for your family. With deepest sympathy and condolences.
Deb Williams
October 8, 2013
Though i never had the pleasure of meeting you Mrs Pistone I know you will be missed so much by so many.Just from talking with Chrissy i can tell you were one of the nicest and beautifulest people on our little planet.Tiger Tom...Chrissy...and the rest of your kind Family,I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you all...
Randy Ferrante
October 8, 2013
Tiger Tom I am so sorry to hear of your loss you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers may god wrap his loving arms around you during this time of grief and loss
Greg Blue
October 8, 2013
My Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy to Chrissy, Tiger Tom, & all the Pistone Family.. May your Memories you have stored in your Hearts bring you Comfort in the Days to follow.. Loving Thoughts & Prayers to each of you..
Pam Little
October 8, 2013
October 8, 2013
Tiger, we're thinking about you bud. Very sorry for your loss. Keep family close and you know if you ever need anything, we're here for ya. Take care.
Jim & Denise Fluharty
October 8, 2013
Tiger and the entire Pistone family, I am so sorry for your lost. I know I speak for the entire racing community in and around the Augusta, Ga area that loved you and Tiny so much, may God Bless you and your family in this trying time.
Don Bridges, Augusta, Ga and former employee of Pistone Racing 1967 & 68.
Don Bridges
October 8, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Douglas&Karen Spodeck
October 8, 2013
Pete, I am so sorry for your loss. Think of the good times that you had with you Mom. Time will heal the wound but something can never be forgotten. Take care.
Bob Lacelle
October 8, 2013
Crystal will be sorely missed. I offer you my sincere condolences at your loss. Tiger, I know what you are going through. May God bless you during this difficult season. Dave Sondles
October 8, 2013
Tiger, Sammy, Lena and the entire Pistone Family you are in our prayers. May you all find comfort in God's word during this time.

The Martins
Shawn Martin
October 8, 2013
October 8, 2013
So very sorry for the loss of a wonderful woman! May God bring all of you comfort in this trying time.
Greg Patterson
October 8, 2013
My prayers and thoughts are with you, Tiger Tom and Chrissy.
Steve Melendy
October 8, 2013
My dear sweet heavenly father I come to you today,
with faith and hope I ask, send an angel Tiger Momma's way.
I know her time is up and you have taken her home,
to stroll across the streets of gold where other angels roam.
It was hard for her family to watch her suffer and slowly fade away,
help them God to understand, give them strength I pray.
She means so much to all of them, forgive them for their fears,
life will never be the same without her presence here.
Tiger Momma is an angel, she taught them how to love,
and told them about you lord and heaven up above.
When she crosses over and steps into the light,
tell her that they love her and when the time is right,
they will meet at the pearly gates where every thing's brand new,
they will walk across God's meadow lands where skies are always blue.
Somewhere beyond the sunset every now and then,
I pray she watches over them until they meet again.
Tom Webb
October 7, 2013
Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers
Debbie Stegall
October 7, 2013
To all of the Pistone family,
we are very sorry for your loss. I know that God is taking good care of Mrs. Pistone. Our prayers are with the family.
The Rossi's
October 7, 2013
Chrissy, Tiger Tom. Tommy Im so sorry for the loss Of your Wife;Mommy . There no words to say that can take the hurt away..
All my love Penny Watts
Penny Watts
October 7, 2013
My thoughts are with your family and all who knew your beloved Crystal . To Tiger and Chrissy and the entire Pistone family I pray God holds you all close during this trying time
Todd Lewis
October 7, 2013
So sorry to hear the sad news. Condolences to the Pistone family as well as their friends. May your happy memories bring you comfort.
Judy B
October 7, 2013
I know that SHE is in the best of hands now. We hope we all will meet HER again soon. Tiger, Chrissy, and Lena my heart goes out to you and the whole Pistone family. LOVE all of you. Love Joe Mc Govern
Joe Mc Govern
October 7, 2013
Pistone family you are in our prayers.. Love you Tiger and Pistone family.

The Murphy's
John Murphy
October 7, 2013
all my love and prayers to the entire pistone family... gene
gene glazer
October 7, 2013
To the Pistone Family, I am so sorry about your mom. I am grateful that I did know her and the rest of your family way back in the day. Tiger Mama was always nice to us kids even when we were pesty and kept ringing the doorbell looking for someone to play with. I remembered when she offered to look after my family when my mom was in the hospital having a baby. That would have been about 15-16 kids altogether. But she was up for the task. She always worried about Tiger Daddy when he was away. It's a rare find for couples who have been together as long as Tiger Mama and Tiger Daddy have been. God bless your family. My heart is breaking for you. My thoughts and prayers for your family during this difficult time.
Cynthia Francis
October 7, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words to ease your pain but please know that I'm sending prayers & love to all of you. May God give you the strength you need in these difficult days.
Angie and Gary Campbell
October 7, 2013
sending love, hugs and prayers to the entire Pistone family. May the Peace of God which passes all understanding continuously flood your souls and bring great comfort to your hearts.
Heidi Corzine
October 7, 2013
so sorry for the lost of mrs. piston at this time my prayers are to the family at this time.RIP
October 7, 2013
Gaye, Scott, Kaitlyn and I are so saddened to learn of Mrs. Pistone's passing. Tiger, the 68 years you two enjoyed together is more than many lifetimes. You are fortunate to have such a strong and supportive family and many friends to help see you through this most difficult time. God bless.
Mike Joy
October 7, 2013
On behalf of my family let me offer my condolences to you all on the loss of Crystal. I never got the pleasure to meet her, but after knowing you all for the time I have she will truly be missed. I know how difficult it is to lose your Mother, and all I can offer is that just picture her smiling at you, because Im sure she is.....
Don Betke
October 7, 2013
You are very loved & missed by many.
Terry Rosendahl
October 7, 2013
From our family to yours...we pray for your comfort at this difficult time. Know that God's love is surrounding you as he holds Tiger Mommy in the palm of his hand. Carolyn and Scott Mallin
Scott Mallin
October 7, 2013
To all the wonderful folks in the Pistone Family.... I know this is a rough road to travel, as I have been down that road. Tiger Mama is with yall always..... in yall's hearts, minds, dreams, thoughts and by yall's side, watching over yall. Prayers, blessings, hugs and love to each of yall. May God wrap His loving arms around yall and grant yall comfort and peace.
Sharon (wowsnickles) Nichols
October 7, 2013
Prayers to you all she was a great lady
October 7, 2013
Tiger and Chrissy, I know I speak for many in the #NFB community when I say that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Darrell @kahne5car
October 7, 2013
Thoughts and prayers for the Pistone family, May She rest in Peace.
Jimmy Johnson
October 7, 2013
"and I shall dwell in the house of The Lord forever." Love and continued prayers.
Stephanie and George Mader
October 7, 2013
Thoughts and Prayers to all the Pistone Family at this difficult time. "This God is our God forever and ever. He will lead us beyond death."(Psalm 48:14) May God guide you thru this. Your Friends,
Beam Family
October 7, 2013
October 7, 2013
.Pete Pistone ! We have your family in our prays. Margaret dillard poole @ Holman and moody emp.
margaret dillar poole
October 7, 2013
Everytime a tear falls, or your heart swells...know, that is the love of your Sweet Tiger Mommy. You can still feel and touch it. I am grateful Momma can thank her now for the fine family she was the Matriarch of. There will forever be a bond within us Chrissy, because of her and Tiger. I pray you feel the arms of God wrapped around you all.
Patsy Thompkins~Keisler
October 7, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Diane Bodine
October 7, 2013
Our deepest condolences to the entire Pistone family
Donald Melissa Hunter Bryce Donna and Larry Richards
October 7, 2013
To Tom and all the Pistone family, my heartfelt sympathy and love. God Bless you. Kaye Rathmann
Kaye Rathmann
October 7, 2013
My prayers go out to all of you at this most difficult time. God bless all of you now and always.
Alice Champion
October 7, 2013
Our deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers for the entire Pistone family.
Dennis Punch
October 7, 2013
To your entire family, my deepest sympathy. May God's strength and love carry you at this difficult time.
Chuck Flynn
October 7, 2013
She will always be watching over you as she once did here on Earth
Thoughts and Prayers go out to All of the Pistone Family, so very sorry to hear about your loss. She will always be watching over ALL of you ! Hugs to ALL of the Family from ALL of us !
Terrie Parks & Family
Terrie Parks
October 7, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with you
Gerald Lawson
October 7, 2013
Tom and Crissy me and my families heartfelt love and sympathy go out to both of you.
Bill Price
October 7, 2013
Tiger, Lena, Pete, Crystal, Tommy, Sammy, I know how the loss of a loved on hurts. But to know they are in peace now, should help heal the sorrow.

Love you guys,

Bill, Cathy, Billy, & Wendy Venturini
October 7, 2013
Tiger and family , your New England family has you on our mind , sorry for your loss.
Ken , Karleen , Max , Jack Zachem.
October 7, 2013
There's a brighter light in heaven now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Tom, and your family.
Dub and Geri Simpson
October 7, 2013
May you all be strong for each other and know tiger mama is feeling good now no more pain for her. Now the pain is here with loved ones it's now that you be strong and be there for each other!! Godspeed tiger mama!! Xoxoxox???????
Bonnie Osborne
October 7, 2013
Praying for the Pistone Family,friends and fans.
Mike &Sandra Ray
October 7, 2013
Prayers to the Pistone family!....Sorry for your loss!
Charles Jackson
October 7, 2013
Tiger Daddy, Chrissy and Tommy sending my heartfelt condolences to you that you somehow find peace with the passing of Tiger Momma. I know that words don't heal a broken heart, but please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers in your time of need
Crissi Kuhn-Setzer
October 7, 2013
Tiger Tom, Chrissy and Pistone Family. My heart and prayers are with you all. Im so sorry for the loss of your wife Tiger Tom. God bless you.
Ralph Escobar
October 7, 2013
with deepest sympathy.
jim wells
October 7, 2013
Dear Family,
So sorry for your loss, I have many fond
childhood memories. She will always be in your hearts. Thinking of you during this very difficult time.
Aunt Petri
October 7, 2013
Chrissy, Your are in my thoughts and prayers. My sincere condolances to your family upon your loss.
Sandra Vollrath
October 7, 2013
My most sincere condolences to the entire Pistone family, and most especially to "Tiger" and my darling Chrissy. You've been the best friend to me anyone could ever ask for; now it's my turn to be there for you. Just say the word and I'll be there in a few hours, holding you and drying your tears. Remember, she is not gone, she is just out of site temporarily. A Mother's love goes on forever, so we are never really apart from them. That love you've clung to all these years is still there with you... right in your heart where it's always been. God bless you all in your time of sorrow.
Much love and compassion,
~PattyKay Lilley
PattyKay Lilley
October 7, 2013
My condolences and prayers are with you and your family,
Kina Hamilton
October 7, 2013
Tiger Mommy has passed the torch to you Ms. Chrissy. She is a wonderful wife and mother, and many fond memories will remain with you. Love to all your family and keep them safe. R.I.P. Tiger Mommy, Godspeed. From Norma Wetherbee
Norma Wetherbee
October 7, 2013
Sorry for your loss of your mommy Lena and Rose. Thinking of you. Love you all!
Ms. Darnell Teal
October 7, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of "Tiger Mama". May God be with you all.
William Baker
October 7, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss, please accept out deepest condolences

The Sansone Family
Dominick Sansone
October 7, 2013
To the entire Pistone Family...we are so sorry for your loss . We all love You. Our most sincere condolences to You.
Jason Blevins
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