An early physician
Dr. George Stovall served community

By Murphy J. Barr
Journal Historian

Benjamin and Elizabeth Stovall, with a family of two sons and five daughters, settled in the south central area of Jackson parish, just above the Winn Parish line, where Benjamin opened a large farm.

Their son, George was born in Georgia, and was six years old when the family came to Louisiana. He grew up in this state, and served as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. In time he married Sarah Pyburn, who was born in Jackson parish in 1851. George was a farmer, merchant, and was postmaster in the community that was given the name of Stovall.

George Stovall was always active in community building and progress. He served two terms on the Parish School Board, and for 18 years was a member of the Police Jury, being president for a few years. His death occurred while he was on the way to the parish meeting to attend the formal acceptance of the new court house from the contractors.

His wife Sarah had 13 children, one dying in infancy. A son, H.C., died in New Orleans at the age of 35.

One of the sons of George and Sarah Stovall was George Edgar Stovall, who grew up on his father's farm in the Stovall community. He attended school at Weston, and later was a student at Louisiana Industrial Institute (now Louisiana Tech) at Ruston. In 1905 he began the study of medicine at the University of Nashville, spent the following year at Tulane University in New Orleans, and in 1909 was graduated from Memphis Hospital College. He began his practice that year at Sikes, in Winn Parish, Louisiana.

Doctor Stovall married Miss Isabella Richardson, daughter of J.w. Richardson of Pine Grove, Ouachita county, Arkansas. She finished her education at Peabody Normal school at Nashville, and was a teacher before marriage.

In 1920 Dr. Stovall opened a drug store in Sikes. Two other Stovalls lived at Sikes, a brother, Dennis, a merchant, and Miss Hazel Stovall, a teacher. Dr. Stovall also served as one of the health officers of the parish, as a notary public, and four years as justice of the peace.

Doctor and Mrs. Stovall had three children, Phaille, George William, and Norma Ellen. They were members of the Methodist Church, and Dr. Stovall was affiliated with the Sikes Lodge of Masons, the Royal Arch Chapter in Winnfield, and the Knights of Pythias and Woodmen of the World.

Dr. Edgar Stovall was a gifted physician and surgeon who served the community of Sikes, and one of the best known professional men in his parish.