David Jackson Stigall Former Bristol, Va. Chief of Police Jack Stigall dies at 85. David Jackson Stigall passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 after a brave battle with lung cancer. Jack was born to James A. Stigall and Nannie F. Stigall on Aug. 12, 1927. He served the citizens of Bristol for 35 years in law enforcement and was currently serving as a volunteer at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He loved Bristol and the people that made it a "great place to live." He was dedicated to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was an inspiration to everyone he came in contact with. Jack served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1948, with overseas duty in China. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Eugene, Henry, Roy and Ray; and sister, Juanita Jane Johnson. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce Pendleton Stigall, of 64 years; his beloved daughter, Rebecca Gray Muller and her husband, Tony Muller; his two granddaughters, Amy Muller Herndon and husband, Russell Herndon, and Lori Gray Muller. Two of the biggest joys of his life were his great-grandchildren, Mary Katherine Gent Herndon and "The Boy," Marshall David Gent Herndon. He has several nieces and nephews that he adored. He graduated from Virginia High School in 1945. Jack attended and directed many law enforcement schools throughout the U.S. He graduated from the FBI Academy in Washington, D.C. One of his greatest pleasures and accomplishments was serving the citizens of Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee. He served as a scout master in Bristol and was proud to say that every scout he led was accomplished in life. Jack belongs to many civic and charitable organizations and has served as president of Virginia Chief of Police and as an honorary member of The International Association of Chief of Police. He was a former president of Bristol Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, a Mason, and held every office within the Methodist Church. He was a member of Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church and a current member of the choir and president of the Golden Key Sunday School Class. He loved to play golf and volunteered at every Golf Club event. Jack initiated Duplicate Bridge at both Senior Centers in Bristol, Slater Center and Douglas Center. The bridge club is still active today. Jack loved his church, all people, and his Lord. He would want everyone to remember, "Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." He will be deeply missed by his many friends and family. Jack's family would like to thank everyone at Bristol Health and Rehabilitation for making his last weeks more pleasurable. The love and care given to Jack and his family was abundant and heartfelt. The funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Laura Plaster and the Rev. Scott Price officiating. The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Doug Arnold, Jim Eller, Andy Kristofek, Cecil Mumpower, Dickie Puckett, Mike Rudd, Ray Shaffer, Herschel Stevens and John Tuell. Honorary pallbearers will be all the wonderful men and women who work for the city of Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee. Memorials may be made to Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church , Healing Hands or Cross Road's Ministries. The committal and interment will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 at Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Email condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org Akard Funeral Home, 1912 West State St.,Bristol, TN 423-989-4800 is serving the family of David Jackson Stigall.
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Published in Bristol Herald Courier on October 15, 2012