Sheila Ann Cleary Stovall, 64, of Lumyer Road, Rockingham passed away on Friday, August 31st, 2012 at home surrounded by her five children, their spouses, her sister, and loving husband of 44 years. Sheila was born on February 29th, 1948 in Washington, D.C. to the late Francis Xavier and Marguerite Boscoe Cleary of Silver Spring MD. She graduated from Regina High School in Hyattsville, MD in 1966 and was employed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where she met a patient who would become her husband, Wilbur “Bud” C. Stovall III. She spent the next 16 years as an Army wife, living around the world while raising her children.
Sheila was a lifelong musician who composed and performed liturgical, folk, country, and children’s music. She has been a member of St. James Catholic Church in Hamlet since 1984 where she has served as a CCD and RCIA teacher and choir director. She retired from Kingswood Nursing Center in Aberdeen after serving as the Alzheimer’s Unit Coordinator and was previously employed at Meadowbrook Manor in Rockingham as the Activity Director.
Sheila loved music, reading, writing poetry, traveling, bird watching, helping others, and was devoted to her faith.
In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her older brother Francis Cleary Jr. and his wife, Peggy. She is survived by her husband, Wilbur Stovall III of the home; daughters, Jennifer Stovall of Raleigh; Bonnie Spencer (Blake) of Wendell; sons, Wilbur Stovall IV of Rockingham; Christopher Stovall (Christy Cain) of Rockingham; Thomas Stovall (Amy) of Hope Mills; one sister, Kathleen Bergling (Kenneth) of Clements MD; and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Friday, September 7th, 2012 at Watson-King Funeral Home of Hamlet. A Funeral Mass will be conducted on Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at 11:00am at St. James Catholic Church in Hamlet.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. James Catholic Church Hymnal Fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.watson-kingfuneralhome.com. Watson-King Funeral Home of Hamlet is serving the family.