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Mother Minnie Stovall was born in Clopton (Edwin) Alabama, on January 6, 1941 to the late Henry and Nealie Fenn. She was the eleventh of fourteen children born to this union, eight daughters and six sons, eleven siblings of whom preceded her in death.
She began her education at the St. Michael AME Church Community School in Edwin, Alabama in 1947. After the school’s closing in 1953, she transferred to Henry County Training School in Bethlehem, Alabama, graduating in 1958. In school she excelled and always had the desire to become a nurse. Given the status and financial situation for most Blacks in 1958, she did not have the opportunity to pursue a nursing degree. Yet, God blessed her with the role of a Personal Caretaker for over twenty-five years during the latter part of her life, being referred from one client to another. The role of Personal Caretaker was one that she cherished, and her patients and their families cherished her.
Mother Stovall received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1956 at the age of 16, and dedicated her life to Christ at Macedonia Church of God in Christ located in Edwin, Alabama - where she served for 68 years until her death. Mother Stovall dedicated herself to serving God at Macedonia Church of God in Christ, where her mother (Nealie Fenn) was a long-time member. Mother Stovall served in several capacities during her 68 years at Macedonia Church of God in Christ, including Sunday School Teacher; Bible Band Teacher; Home & Foreign Mission Teacher; Christian Women’s Council Teacher and Prayer Warrior. For many years, Mother Stovall ministered every First Sunday at Macedonia Church of God in Christ as Women’s Day speaker under the leadership of Pastor Larry Newman.
Mother Stovall believed that you must prepare yourself to become a warrior for Christ. And, prepare herself – she did. She had personal Devotion with God every single morning. In addition, Mother Stovall completed training at the Bishop O. L. Meadows School of Ministry.
In 1979, Mother Minnie Fenn Stovall was blessed to be appointed to serve as the assistant to District Missionary Mother Channie Tolbert for the Davis-McLeod District, Church of God in Christ. Mother Stovall was dedicated to this role, assisting Mother Tolbert in the work and driving Mother Tolbert to meetings all over the state. Mother Stovall said, “We didn’t have GPS back then, nor did we have a map. And even if we had them, we didn’t know how to use the GPS, and couldn’t read a map. God drove us to those meetings!”
Mother Stovall served as assistant to District Missionary, Mother Channie Tolbert from 1979 until 2000. Upon Mother Tolbert’s retirement, Mother Stovall was appointed District Missionary for the Davis/McLeod District, under the leadership of Superintendents, Elder J.C. McLeod, Elder William A. Brown and Elder Rufus Lee; State Mother Mattie Taylor (and later Mother Peggy Jones); and Bishop Oscar. L. Meadows of Birmingham, Alabama, and with the steadfast support of Assistant District Missionary Sheron Lee. As District Missionary, Mother Stovall was a frequently requested speaker throughout the district and was called on to pray and to speak at the state level as well. She served in the role as District Missionary from 2005 until emeritized in February of 2020. Altogether, she served the Davis-McLeod District of the Church of God in Christ for 32 years.
For her faithful and dedicated service to the church, she has received numerous awards, including the: Certification of Appreciation for Faithfulness and Dedication to the Alabama First Church Of God In Christ Jurisdiction; Vacation Bible School Service Awards; Certificate of Appreciation as District Missionary at the Fifth Annual Women’s Convention; Alabama First Church Of God In Christ Jurisdiction Award for Highest Number of Delegates to the Women’s Convention; Key to The City of Geneva, Alabama, and many other recognitions.
After her son discovered that Mother Stovall was having difficulty breathing, he rushed her to the hospital where she was hospitalized for 12 days before being called home. In the last few hours of her life, she was intubated on a Ventilator. Although her vital signs were very sluggish, she held the hands of family members beside her bed, squeezing their hands to reassure them. In the last half-hour, Mother Stovall raised both of her hands over and over in praise, even when her heartbeat registered just 51 beats per minute and no blood pressure registered on the monitors. Then in the last few minutes of her life, she focused her eyes for the first time in several days, looking upward, she lifted her left hand three times and pointed to something in the ceiling. Then she withdrew her hands from ours, and placed them across her stomach. It was Wednesday evening, January 10th at 9:30 pm. She was now with The Lord!
Mother Stovall leaves to be inspired by her life and to cherish and honor her memories to her two sons: Terry Tyrone ( Carrie) Stovall of Newville, Alabama and Gregory Eugene (Capreta) Stovall of Chicago, Illinois– with her husband: Eugene Stovall and two sons: Kyle Steffon Stovall and Christopher Fitzgerald Stovall having preceded her in death. Her two surviving sons were supportive and loving until the end, attending to her needs. She also leaves to cherish her memory, two loving sisters: Louise Fenn of Dothan, Alabama and Mother Johnnie Bond of Copiague, New York.
Aunt Minnie leaves to mourn her home going to a host of loving, attentive and caring nieces and nephews, who along with her sons, formed a loving village around her. Mother Stovall cherished all fifteen of her grandchildren, and her 17 great-grandchildren. They indeed had a special place in her heart!
Momma, Grand Mama, Sister Minnie, Aunt Minnie, Mother Stovall: We know that it was God’s will to call you home to be with him on January 10th, 2024. But oh, how much we miss you! There is an empty place in our hearts that only God, and the knowledge that we will see you again, can heal. May God send his angels to keep watch over us, and bind us in loving harmony and fellowship.