***UPDATE*** Due to impending inclement weather the memorial service for William Stovall has been postponed. A date will be announced at a later time.
Dec. 23, 1930 – June 6, 2019
A memorial service to honor the life of William Burroughs Stovall will be at the First United Methodist Church of Natchitoches July 13 at 11 a.m.
William ”Bill” Stovall was born in Port Arthur, Texas, and grew up in India, China and Natchitoches. He graduated from Natchitoches High School as Salutatorian at the age of 15. He attended Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1952 and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1953 from the University of Oklahoma. He was a member of Sigma Xi and Sigma Pi Sigma honorary societies for research and physics and the OU swim team, also serving as Captain. He was an All-American Swimmer in 50 Freestyle in 1951 and qualified for the 1952 US Olympic Team.
Bill served his country in the engineering division of Picatinny Arsenal, U.S. Army.
Throughout his career of over 30 years in the chemical industry, Bill contributed to the design, development and building of petrochemical plants and facilities in the US, Europe, Japan and South Africa. He specialized in chemical manufacturing technologies and was recognized for solving major manufacturing problems. He was awarded two patents.
Bill was devoted to his family and is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Frances McLain Stovall of The Woodlands, Texas; daughters, Lisa Cowan (Jim) of Seneca, S.C., Dr. Suzanne Stovall of The Woodlands, Texas, and Camille Stovall of Houston, Texas; and granddaughter, Erika Cowan (Byron Lowry) of Smyrna, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Burroughs and Margaret Lyles Stovall of Natchitoches; and sister, Marion Stovall Russell of Thibodaux.
He is deeply missed by his family who treasures every moment of his life and time spent with them on earth and who knows that he rests in peace with his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.