It is with most sincere sympathy that we formally announce the passing of Mrs. Mary Kate “Kittye” Stovall. Mrs. Stovall transitioned from this life on Thursday, August 12, 2021.
Mary Kate Stovall, daughter of the late Mr. Frederick Smith Sr. and Mrs. Susie L. Perry Smith was born on September 2, 1934 in Cairo Georgia. Two brothers Alton Lewis Smith and
Frederick Smith Jr. preceded her in death. She departed this life on August 12, 2021.
A firm believer in Christ, Mrs. Stovall received her early religious training at Greater New Corinth Missionary Baptist Church. After moving to Columbus, Georgia, she became a member of First African Baptist Church. Later she returned to Cairo and reestablished her membership at Greater New Corinth Missionary Baptist Church.
Educated in the public schools of Grady County, Mrs. Stovall graduated from Washington Consolidated School. She continued her education at Albany State College where
she received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1957. While attending Albany State College, she met the love of her life, Mason Stovall Jr.
They married the year of their graduation on December 22, 1957 and were united for 46 years.
Employed by the Harris and Muscogee Counties School Districts for over 30 years, she impacted the lives of so many children at Cusseta Road Elementary School, Southern Junior
High School, and Britt David Elementary School. Mrs. Stovall retired as an educator at Britt David Elementary School.
A faithful member of numerous clubs and organizations, Mrs. Stovall was devoted to GAE, Semper Fidelis, Grady County Fine Arts Project Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She was
recognized for several years as being one of the 10 best dressed women of Columbus, Georgia. Gifted with many talents, Mrs. Stovall had a beautiful voice and was pleased to sing
whenever asked. As a musician she played the Auto Harp delighting audiences at many events. As an artist, she loved painting, creating floral arrangements and decorating homes.
She leaves the following to cherish her memory: nieces Iris Lulvon Shepherd, Tilda Brimm, Crystal Smith, Pamela Lewis, Chriseen Johnson (Bernard), Lynda Joyce Copeland, Vicki R.
Knox, and Felicia M. Allen; nephews Cedric Smith (Julene), Lamar Smith (Regina ), Reginald Smith, Marvin Humber, Rev. James A Hardaway and Michael Stovall; two sisters-in-law Dorothy
E. Smith of Cairo, Georgia and Helen Hardaway of Columbus, Georgia; a brother-in-law Curtis Stovall (Betty) of Columbus Georgia; a special friend, Mr. Bernard Moore, a host of God
Children, great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
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