The TOTFA would like to send our deepest condolences to Melinda Stockton, Marshall & Mary Stockton, Cody Stockton, Randi Stockton, and Brandon Kowalik.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Church
4802 John Stockbauer Drive
Victoria, Texas 77904
Funeral Service
Saturday, July 25, 2015
1:00 P.M.
Parkway Church
4802 John Stockbauer Drive
Victoria, Texas 77904
Graveside Service
Immediately following church service.
Memory Gardens Cemetery
8919 US HWY 87 N (Cuero HWY)
Victoria, Texas 77905
Celebration of Wade’s Life
D & E Ranch Party Barn
783 Old Refugio Road
Victoria, Texas 77905

Wade StocktonWade Stockton was born on February 25, 1960 in Victoria, Texas. The only child of Marshall and Mary Stockton, Wade exhibited an artistic talent at an early age by drawing and painting, taking lessons that continued all the way through school. By junior high, Wade started playing music. He played guitar in a garage band for school events and the local hootenanny. One day his Pap-paw took him over to Jake Glidewell’s house to accompany him. Jake must have liked his playing because he started taking Wade around to jam sessions, rest homes, and other musical get-togethers.

On the 4th weekend of April in 1974, Wade saw and heard something that would change his life forever. That’s right, his Mom and Dad took him to Hallettsville for the Fiddlers Frolics. Seeing Dale Morris swoon the ladies and hearing Randy Elmore and Terry Morris was more than he could stand. Wade just had to learn to fiddle! He got his first fiddle the day he got out of 8th grade. When Wade made up his mind to do something, he usually did it. So when most kids were outside playing and enjoying their summer, Wade was holed up in his bedroom with a fiddle and a record player trying to learn tunes. The fiddle bug had officially bit!

Within months, he started competing. His Dad probably put a million miles on that old station wagon, hauling him to two or three contests almost every weekend. With a lot of help along the way from fiddlers like Bill Gilbert, Bill Cox, Parvin Hoffman, and Terry Morris, he started winning some contests. And, he certainly couldn’t have done it without the help of Cliff Fryer, who always made sure he had a good fiddle to play.

Wade was always willing to help out and judge, too. He judged everywhere from the World Championships in Crockett, Texas, to the Grand Master in Nashville, and the Fiddlers’ Frolics in Hallettsville, even becoming Emcee of the Fiddlers’ Frolics.

After years of competition, Wade decided to start playing in bands. He loved playing in front of a lively crowd and was fortunate enough to do so and record with some of the finest musicians and singers in the world, on stages far and abroad. In addition, Wade taught fiddle, guitar, and mandolin lessons several nights a week, and was blessed with some awesome students over the years, some of which competed on the Hallettsville stage.

In the fall of 1993, Wade married the love of his life, Melinda Harbour. Wade has three beautiful children, Cody Stockton, Randi Stockton and Brandon Kowalik, all of which play music and are very talented. Wade loves to hunt and ride motorcycles. He may be the only fiddler to have ever gone 212.7 mph on a motorcycle in a standing mile. Wade was also a proud member of Goliad Masonic Lodge No. 94.

Bart Baker


Bart Baker



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The Devil's Box available for purchase here!The Devil's Box is a fast paced jam-packed look at the world of contest fiddling. Every year contestants from all over the United States flock to the town of Hallettsville, Texas, to compete for the title of best Texas-style fiddler. Featuring performances from some of the greatest legends of American roots music, The Devil’s Box explores the beginnings of the art form and showcases the rising talents that will dominate the traditional music scene for years to come. The Devil’s Box is an instant classic, filled with fantastic music and great family fun. The 3-disc set includes:

Disc 1: The Devil's Box documentary, an 84-minute look at the world of contest fiddling and all of the major players involved. Bonus features include an extended history section of Texas-style, a four-minute movie of the Hallettsville Bar-BQ Cook-Off, Song Writers Serenade featurette, and an interview with the director Jason Hammond and producer Beth Jasper

Disc 2: The Devil's Box Bonus Disc features 42 complete fiddle tunes played by contestants from around the country as well as performances by Larry Franklin, Texas Shorty, and many, many more.

Disc 3 The Lost Benny Thomasson Tapes: This disc is a wonderful hour-long interview with the master himself, Benny Thomasson. Benny tells the story of Texas-style as only he knows it and plays 19 tunes like only he can. This interview from 1976 has been cleaned up and remastered and is the ideal tutorial for any fiddler who wants to hear the tunes exactly as Benny played them and learn some fascinating fiddle history along the way.

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