Obituary for Joyce A Stovall

Mrs. Joyce A Stovall of Tallahassee passed away on February 1, 2021. She was a resident of Westminster Oaks for many years, where she was on the Welcome Committee and enjoyed baking bread for all the new neighbors. Joyce was a lively, witty, energetic person who found ways to serve others in her church, neighborhood and community.  

Joyce was an active member of Lafayette Presbyterian Church (The Fountain Church) and donated the well-known fountain in memory of her husband, Peyton Don Stovall. Rev. Steve Graves, her pastor, said, "Joyce Stovall baked delicious bread, and she offered it as spiritual sustenance to the lonely, the newcomer, and those seeking connection to both earth and heaven. She printed labels and affixed them to the wrapper, featuring a butterfly and the promise: "Baked by An Angel."

"Perhaps she was an angel. These are not merely words pious and poetic to lift up the memory of a friend. Nor am I speaking symbolically, seeking to draw a correlation between deeds and salvation. My reflections and considerations are sincere. For what is an angel if not a messenger, a nurturer, a witness, and a consolation?"

 Joyce was born in 1928 in Americus, Georgia to Russell and Lavalia Peavy Thompson. She grew up in Americus and was related to the Thompson, Peavy, Bowen and Morgan families of Dooly and Macon Counties in Georgia. From the Morgans, she is descended from Rev. George Cadogan Morgan and Dr. Richard Price, DDS, FRS, polymaths, dissenters and writers supporting the American Revolution, and who were also part of the British Enlightenment. This family created the first successful life insurance plans, in what would become known as the Equitable Life Assurance Society.

Joyce was a military spouse who created and dedicated the Military Wall of Honor located at Westminster Oaks in memory of her husband. It holds the photographs of residents who are former or retired military and honors their service to the nation. She was a member of the Caroline Brevard Chapter, 3-011-FL, NSDAR and the Anna Jackson Chapter 224, UDC.  She worked with Southern Bell, starting as an operator after graduation from high school. Joyce completed her career as the secretary for the Florida office of Communications Workers of America, working in Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Stovall, her parents, her siblings, Ernest Thompson of Gardena, California, Virginia T Williams of Columbus, Georgia, Harry Thompson of Leslie, Georgia, and Emory (Dig) Thompson of Macon, Georgia. She is survived by her son, Russell Stovall of Tallahassee and her brother Ray Thompson (Rhoda) of Warner Robins, Georgia, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home of Tallahassee was in charge of burial arrangements and the graveside service.

Obituary submitted by Merri Spence



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