— Ed Stovall, 80, passed away peacefully at his home in Montalba surrounded by his family on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.
Ed was born in Anderson County on July 20, 1933.
He married Marita Denson Stovall on April 15, 1954 and they were the parents of three children. Vicki Slack, Robert (Bobby) Stovall and Kenneth Stovall.
Ed was a member of the Montalba Christian Church where he had served on the board as a Elder for many years. He spent nearly 20 years working for Knox Glass all the while being an entrepreneur of both farming and ranching.
On May 10. 1995, Ed and his family received a remarkable gift of love from an anonymous donor. Ed was a recipient of a new heart. Because of this beautiful gift of new life he was able to watch his grandchildren grow into the fine young adults he was so proud of.
Ed loved the outdoors. He preferred to spend his leisure time hunting and fishing with his family and friends. After his retirement from Knox Glass, he began working with another of his favorite outdoor sports. Trapping, which led to the establishment of Stovall Fur Company, at the same time he continued upkeep of his farm and ranch. Anyone who spent much time with Ed can attest to the fact he was a bank of knowledge on anything pertaining to the outdoors and he loved to share his experiences.
Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. John Merkum and Ima Smith Stovall; his brothers, John Hershel Stovall and James Oliver Stovall; and sisters, Louise Williams, Geneva Morvant and Gladys Armstrong.
Ed is survived by his wife, Marita; daughter, Vicki and husband James Slack of Azle; sons, Bobby Stovall of Bradford, and Kenneth and wife Pam Stovall of Montalba; and sister, Dora Russell of Palestine.
Ed and Marita were blessed with seven grandchildren, Jamie Harrington of Denton, Rob and wife Jennifer Stovall of Cayuga, Chris and wife Brandy Stovall of Cayuga, Jed and wife Kelli Slack of Lafayette, La., Lisa and husband Adam Krumnow of Tennessee Colony, David and wife Natalie Stovall of Montalba, and Emily Stovall of Bradford.
From these grandchildren, the blessings have continued with nine great-grandchildren, Kara Stovall, Halle Harrington, Ayden Stovall, Garrett Krumnow, Haylee Krumnow, Blaiz Doolin, Evan Stovall, Briggs Slack and Rosalie Stovall. Ed leaves behind a multitude of nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Chapel. The services for Edwin will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at Montalba Christian Church with the Rev. Eric Higginbotham and the Rev. Craig Harris presiding. Burial will follow in Land of Memory Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ed’s nephews, Jimmy Allen, Gene Russell, Ricky Russell, Steve Armstrong, Johnny Russell and Jeff Russell. Honorary pallbearers for Ed are all church friends and members of the Montalba’s Social Club.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
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