Memorial Service for Mr. Maurice Stovall, 77 of Gadsden, Alabama and formerly of Decatur will be noon, Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Reynolds Funeral Home with the Rev. Timothy Perryman officiating. Inurnment will be at the Alabama National Cemetery at a later date.
Maurice Stovall was born August 14, 1940 in Landersville, Alabama to the late James Harden Stovall and Ella Argralia McCord Stovall. He accepted Christ at an early age at Town Creek No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church in Landersville, Alabama. He departed his life Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:13 am at Gadsden Regional Medical Centre in Gadsden, Alabama.
Maurice was the eldest of two children, both of which were lovingly nurtured and partially raised by their late maternal grandparents, Arthur Alvie McCord and Essie Bell Thirlkill McCord in Landersville, AL. Their paternal grandparents are the late Quirrell Cleere and Mossie Stovall.
Maurice graduated from Moulton High School in Moulton, AL in 1958. While attending high school he played football for the Moulton Gophers.
Maurice was inducted into the United States Army on June 2, 1966 and honorably discharged on March 28, 1968. Upon discharge he was transferred to the United States Army Reserve. He later resided in Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI for a number of years. He returned to live in Decatur, AL and Landersville, AL. He was employed by Wolverine Tube in Decatur, AL for a number of years. While in Landersville, he ventured into farming. He also had a spirit of entrepreneurship and a vast knowledge of automobiles (his favorite being a Buick). Maurice was an excellent source of family history (and history in general) in the years prior to his declining health.
Maurice was united in holy matrimony to Gwendolyn McGinnis Stovall (now divorced), and of this union four children were born: twin son, Marcus Keith Stovall (deceased); twin daughter, Marcella Katrina Stovall, Gadsden, AL; middle daughter Letrice Annette Stovall, Birmingham, AL, youngest daughter, Carla Argralia Stovall, Atlanta, GA, one step daughter, Beverly Michelle McGinnis, Gadsden, AL.
He leaves to cherish his memory: three loving daughters, a stepdaughter and their mother who all assisted in his care during his illness; seven grandchildren, Khalid Stovall, The Netherlands, JaMyiah Stovall, Gadsden, AL, Nina Jordan, Birmingham, AL, Charles Stovall, Atlanta, GA, Carnell Lee, Birmingham, AL, Ashley Jordan, Birmingham, AL, and Ashton Jordan, Birmingham, AL; one sister, Alice Azlee Stovall (Nathaniel) Lee of Moulton, AL; two nieces, Constance Lee Sullivan, Atlanta, GA, Natalie Lee Thompson, Decatur, AL; one great nephew, Keiffer Sullivan, Moulton, AL.
Special appreciation is extended to Mr. Brandon Martin and Prestige Memorial Funeral Home for their professional courtesy extended to the family and Reynolds Funeral Home.