John Allen "Jay" Stone-Hoskins

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John Allen Stone-Hoskins V, known to most as "Jay" or "Little Jay", was born on August 4, 1978, to John Allen Hoskins IV, and Sharon "Cheri" Lynn Fite. A public servant to his core, Jay became an EMT in 1997, an EMS instructor in 1998, a police officer in 1999, a police instructor in 2001, and a fire fighter in 2003. Jay met the love of his life, James Henry Stone, on August 28, 2004. James and Jay made friends and changed others' lives for the better wherever they went and were often spotted traveling on their pair of Kawasaki Ninja sport motorcycles. The inseparable couple married on August 28, 2014, in New Mexico. James passed away on January 19, 2015, at their home in Conroe, Texas, though the State of Texas refused to recognize their love and marriage, listing James as "Single" and "Never Married" on the death certificate. Jay filed suit against the Texas Attorney General and Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services in federal court. While the federal court ordered the State of Texas to amend the death certificate within hours of the petition being filed and despite his own personal medical battles, Jay pursued the matter in court to ensure that no other LGBT family in Texas would ever again face the same insult. The case drew national attention when the federal court threatened Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Commissioner Kirk Cole of the Texas Department of State Health Services with contempt of court and ultimately prevailed - positively effecting thousands of birth, adoption, death, and other vital statistic records and processes for LGBT couples in the state of Texas. Jay passed away at his home near Willis, Texas, on October 10, 2015. A Celebration of Life for Jay will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at the McNutt Funeral Home in Conroe, Texas, to be followed by the joint interment of Jay Stone-Hoskins and James Stone-Hoskins at Conroe Memorial Cemetery. Jay was a police officer, fire fighter, emergency medical technician, and LGBT rights advocate -- as such, members of those communities are invited as extended family.

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McNutt Funeral Home & Crematory
1703 Porter Road
Conroe, TX 77301
(936) 756-2724
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Published on from Dec. 2 to Dec. 15, 2015
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