Knitted together: Father, adopted sons win look-a-like contest

Published 6:35 pm Friday, June 24, 2022

BROOKHAVEN — Grace Life Church Associate Pastor Keith Stovall and his sons Isaac and Camp Stovall won the inaugural Father and Son Look-A photo contestLike Contest sponsored by Paul Barnett Nissan.

Keith will receive one year’s worth of free car washes at Touch & Go, and he said he was surprised by both the entry and by winning.

He said his wife sent him a text with a picture of him and the boys in the contest and it had a blue ribbon on it that said winner. His first reaction was laughter as it is no secret that his adopted sons look different than he does. 

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“It is a great blessing and a reminder of what a treasure my kids are,” Keith said. “We have a wonderful community who logged in to vote for us. It has been no small honor and given us quite a bit of laughter.” 

Their adoption story began because of God. He brought three children to the Stovalls who had no blood relation to each other or to the couple. While they may not be blood related, Keith said his church family would say he and Isaac have  similar mannerisms, such as how they cock their heads. 

Isaac wore the same brown hybrid dress shoes as his father in the lobby of Paul Barnett Nissan on Thursday. He had gotten the biggest kick out of winning the look-a-like contest his dad said. 

The couple’s adoption journey began with their daughter, Ramie, who joined the family at a month-old. She will be 17 next year. Issac joined the family at a week old, and he is now 14. Camp joined the family the day after his birth, and he starts kindergarten next year.

Keith, who is the social science division chair at Co-Lin, said the family embraces the fact that their children are adopted and is thankful for the women who shared this gift.

“We are forever indebted to their birth mothers. They made a sacrifice to bless us,” Keith said. “We received it as we were dealing with a lot of heartache. My kids are a blessing to us and our church family. It is a picture of how the Lord brought me into his family. The family is knitted together by something a lot bigger than us.”