Phil Stone, Tulsa radio legend, remembered Thursday at Cain's Ballroom memorial

TULSA - Thursday night, Tulsa remembered a radio legend.

Phil "Stone" Riddle passed away the day before Thanksgiving.

Fans, friends and family gathered in Cain's Ballroom to celebrate his life.  It's a place Phil's friends say he loved with all of his heart.

Stone was the co-host of KMOD's popular "Phil and Brent Show" for nearly 27 years. The show ended last month. His co-host Brent Douglas said it best.

"Someone was saying the other day, you know you've got a stone-sized hole in your heart, and I think we all do," Douglas said, addressing the crowd at Cain's Ballroom.

The pair is famous for creating the character Roy D. Mercer-- whose pranks-- gained them national acclaim.

"I love them both. They're icons. They're known across the United States," said former co-worker Linda Miller.

She believes Phil's legacy will live on.

"I know from my heart that Phil is in a good place. And Phil will always be in our hearts here, no matter what," she said.

Stone's fans and friends remembered his life the way he lived it-- with passion, music and a lot of laughter.

"Phil would have loved this. He loved this place, he loved music, he loved Tulsa," said former co-worker Mary Moore.

Moore says the support from Phil's fans is overwhelming.

"Tulsa is just losing a person that was it's number one fan. He was Tulsa's number one fan, just as much as so many Tulsans have come out to show they were his number one fan," Moore said.

Phil Stone's time might be up-- but his memories will live on in Tulsa.

"Happy trails partner, 'till we meet again," Douglas said.

Stone was 57 years old. According to reports, he died of natural causes brought on by heart disease.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to either The Child Abuse Network, 2829 S. Sheridan, Tulsa, OK 74129 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 1021 W. Sycamore St., Fayetteville, AR 72703.

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