|Alice Stovall was a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In 1942 she married the Reverend James L. Stovall of Louisiana and together they served churches in Eunice, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Metairie and Monroe. Alice served for almost 20 years as a caseworker with the State Office of Family Services.
One cannot possibly capture in a few words the meaning of Alice’s life, but the following are a few of the many ways she blessed the lives of those she touched.
She was never one to sit back and observe but dove into life with enthusiasm. Whether it was through taking a personal interest in each of her clients in the Office of Family Services, or taking leadership in the church, or preparing food for a family mourning the loss of a loved one, she became involved and showed faith in action. In Lafayette the parsonage was right downtown near the bus station and homeless men would regularly come to the door asking for food. She always managed to put together a nourishing meal for them. She loved music and enjoyed playing the organ and piano, which she did often for church gatherings, parties and family sing-a-longs. She also wrote poetry, admittedly corny but fun, to celebrate people and special occasions. She did not take herself too seriously and she retained a playfulness, which made her a joy to be around.
The greatest gift Alice gave was of course her love. Among her family and friends, each one of us knows that we were uniquely loved. A few years ago her children put together a little book for Alice entitled “We Love You Because You’re You,” in which each of her children and grandchildren expressed things they appreciated about her. One of her children said, “I can never remember either of my parents ever telling me negative things. They always seemed to build me up and not put me down.” A grandson wrote, “Your continuous love and support has meant so much to me. You have always been caring and loving. Your love is the ‘backbone’ of our family and I love you for caring so much!”
Alice died at Baton Rouge General Hospital as a result of complications following heart surgery. She is survived by her brother Robert L. Mills; her husband, Rev. James L. Stovall; her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Alice (Richard) and Milo Ballard, Sally (Emerick) and Julio Rodriguez, Carol and Pete Broussard; her son, James L. Stovall II; and her 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 2002, Memoirs By Sally Stovall Rodriguez|