Pearline Gilmore Stovall
Funeral services for Pearline Gilmore Stovall, of Brookhaven, will be Thursday, April 13, 2017, at noon, at Macedonia M.B. Church in Brookhaven with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in Brookhaven.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 1 until 6 p.m. at Williams Mortuary in Brookhaven.
Mrs. Stovall, 89, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at her daughter’s residence in McComb. She was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Caseyville. She was the oldest daughter of seven children born to Nathaniel and Rosetta Houston Gilmore.
At an early age, she accepted Christ and united with St. Paul Baptist Church on the river. In 1977, she untied with Macedonia M.B. Church and served as a loyal, devoted member of the Mother and Deaconess ministry.
She graduated from Alexander High School in 1949, and was employed at Miller/Jordan Treat Stand where she will be remembered as the lady that made those chili, slaw footlong hot dogs and delicious hamburgers. After the business closed, she went to work at Homelite Jacobsen Textron, where she retired.
She was a quiet, humble, sweet person who always wanted to take care of others. She would often cook and feed others whether at home or church. She’ll be remembered for her coconut pies, candied yams and homemade biscuits. She will also be remembered for saying, “I’m 89 years old and I don’t have a pain nowhere.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Stovall; four brothers, Hayford, Essex “Hop,” Clyde and Willie Lee; and one sister, Mary.
Survivors include her four children, Shaffer (Betty) Gilmore of Leland, Ora (Bill) Franklin of McComb, Herbert (Pamela) Stovall of Marrero, Louisiana, and Jacqueline (Keith) McNab of Seminole, Florida; one brother, Marzell (Barbara) Banks of Oakland, California; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three step-granddaughters; five step-grandchildren; people who she loved and adored as her own children, Rev. L.C. Williams, Pastor Larry Bledsoe, Ora McKeever and Mamie “Cindy” Thadison; three devoted cousins, Jeanette Newton and John and Nezzie Clark; her best friend and travel buddy, Patsy Murphy; her personal care attendant and friend, Collisteen Wells; one godchild, Rowann Tiller; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers will be LeVander German, Ricky Levi, Edward Smith, Robert Newton, Glenn Rufus, Perry Brumfield and Rufus Harris.