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George William Stovall Sr



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Born Sikes, Louisiana 26 June 1921
Died Asheville, North Carolina 3 March 1993

George W. Stovall Sr., a retired investments executive and a prominent social and business figure, died Wednesday (March 3, 1993). He was 71.

Mr. Stovall, who was ill for several years with emphysema, collapsed and died in the arms of his wife, Mary, at their vacation home in Biltmore Forest, near Asheville, N.C., a son, Tom Stovall, said Thursday.

He died of apparent heart failure, his son said.

A highly decorated World War II fighter pilot in Europe, Mr. Stovall returned to St. Petersburg to own and operate Jackson Ice Co., Ace Fuel Oil Co. and West Coast Frozen Foods before selling the businesses and entering the investment world.

At Hayden Stone Inc., he quickly made a name for himself as a whiz in selling mutual fund securities. In his first year he won a 10-day trip to Paris for leading his classification in sales. By the end of the second year, he had sold more than $1-million in mutual funds.

In 1968 he left Hayden Stone to represent Colonial Investments of Boston, as it became known, in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. He retired in 1986 as a vice president of Colonial Investments.

Tom Parsley, a real estate broker who once was Mr. Stovall's neighbor, recalled his gregarious nature.

A frequent traveling companion, Parsley said Mr. Stovall ""talked to everybody. He'd see somebody and he'd get up and go over and talk. Before they were finished, they'd figure they were related or something.''

The son of a physician, George William Stovall Sr. was born in Sikes, La. He studied at Louisiana State University for 2« years and joined Sigma Chi fraternity but dropped out to enlist in the Army Air Forces in 1942 as an aviation cadet.

Before going overseas, he served at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa as a fighter-pilot instructor and met his wife, the former Mary Carlton Jackson, during a social at Doc Webb's Senior Citizen Club. They were married two months later.

While overseas, Mr. Stovall flew 89 missions in the European Theater.

A St. Petersburg resident for a half century, Mr. Stovall and his wife owned a home for 44 years on Catalan Boulevard in Snell Isle where they reared four children. They also owned the Mountain Home Inn in Hendersonville, N.C., Mrs. Stovall's native state.

Mr. Stovall was a past president of the Squires Club, St. Petersburg Stock and Bond Club, Kiwanis Club, Florida Ice Association and Fuel Oil Dealers of Florida. He belonged to the First United Methodist Church, Polywogs and Bat Boys Club, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Stouffer Vinoy Country Club and Biltmore Forest Country Club.

As president of the Northeast High School Booster Club, he led a successful drive to build the Northeast High swimming pool in 1962.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, survivors include three sons, Dr. George W. Jr. and Thomas C., St. Petersburg, and John Jackson Stovall, Coconut Grove; a daughter, Sally Richardson Stovall, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Katherine Fair, Phenix City, Ala., and Norma Ellen Morgan, Shreveport, La.; and four grandchildren.

Buried Saint Petersburg, Florida 8 March 1993

Memorial Park Cemetery
Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, USA


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