Associate of Arts, Texarkana Community College, 1968. Bachelor of Business Administration in Personnel Management, University North Texas, 1970. Postgraduate in law, Southern Methodist University, 1971.
Master of Business Administration in Real Estate, Southern Methodist University, 1972.
Marketing director, Lamm-Frates Company, Dallas, 1972-1977; president, owner, John M. Stone Company, Dallas and Texarkana, Texas, since 1972; president, John M. Stone Management Corporation, Dallas, since 1977; president, Stone Equities Corporation, Dallas, since 1981; president, Stone Finance Corporation, Dallas, since 1981. Board councilors Commercial-Investment Real Estate, Chicago, since 1978.
Board consultant political affairs Christian Life Committee Baptist General Texas, Dallas, since 1972. Junior board officer Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, 1974-1977. President Sunday School class assistant teacher Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, since 1988.
Member Commercial Investment Real Estate Council, Institute Real Estate Management, National Association Realtors (vice president, executive committee, senior instructor, national treasurer, chairman designated courses committee, budget committee, investment r/e council, 1988). Clubs: Petroleum. Summit (Longview).
Married Mary Banks Craton, November 23, 1974.