John Ballard Stovall, 69, of Waycross, died early Tuesday morning, Sept. 3, 2019, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross, after an extended illness.
He was born in Abbeville, SC to the late Jim and Ann Ryle Stovall. He was a 1967 graduate of Waycross High School where he was an outstanding athlete and was awarded the Best All-round Athlete. He attended Abraham Baldwin College and Valdosta State College. He was the manager of Schreiber’s Bootery for over 40 years. He was a longtime member of Beulah Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and was a youth leader.
He enjoyed participating with The Miracle League of the Okefenokee. He also enjoyed spending time and working out at the YMCA, watching college football and PGA Tour golf, but most of all, spending time with his family. His grandchildren were his heart. He was known as “Papa” to many. He will be remembered for his dedication to work, love of family, and his strong faith.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one niece, Jenny Stovall.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Mary Ann Mattox Stovall; daughter, Stephanie Moody, Waycross; son, Scott Moody and his wife Anne, Valdosta; six grandchildren, Kelsey Chandler, Kamryn Moody and Isaiah Sharpe all of Waycross, Jackson Moody, Colson Moody and Tripp McCarthy, all of Valdosta; one brother, Sam Stovall and his wife Peggy, Waycross; one sister, Minona Beasley and her husband Joe, Hendersonville, NC and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held form 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, from the Central Baptist Church.
Interment will follow in Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southeast Cancer Unit, 401 Pendleton Street, Waycross, GA 31501, or Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501, or Beulah Baptist Church, 3343 Beulah Church Rd., Alma, GA 31510.
Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home of Waycross is in charge of the arrangements.