David Hugh Stovall
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David Hugh Stovall, Jr, of Charlotte, North Carolina and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully August 23, 2018. He was married to the love of his life, his high school sweetheart Debbie, for 47 years. He had countless friends, put family first, was an amazing and loving husband and father, and was a stellar grandfather.

Dave grew up in in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and graduated from Harrisonburg High School. He graduated from Washington & Lee University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and received his MBA from The Darden School at The University of Virginia.

Dave had a long and successful career in the retail business, from early days working for his father at Leggett, followed by time at Woodward & Lothrop and Bloomingdale's in the Washington area. He came to Charlotte where he spent 23 years at Belk, ultimately serving as the chairman of the Central Division.

Dave served as the chairman of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and worked with the team that helped bring the Carolina Panthers to Charlotte. He served on the board of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, & Politics at Washington and Lee, and devoted time to many other causes in Charlotte, including the Arts and Science Council, the United Way and Rotary Club.

After retiring from Belk, he took on the role of CEO at Jacksonville, Florida-based Stein Mart, where he led the company to have one of the highest performing publicly-traded stocks during his tenure. In Jacksonville, he served on the boards of Baptist Health and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Jacksonville branch.

Despite all of his business success, perhaps his crowning achievement was in his role as "Granddaddy" to Perry, Ridge, Scottie, and George. Dave and Debbie were blessed with the arrival of 4 grandchildren in 4 years, with a fifth due in September. Granddaddy lit up in the presence of his grandchildren and was able to spend a great deal of special time with them before he passed.

Dave is survived by his wife, Debbie and his children and grandchildren: Courtney Stovall Gentzel and husband Brett (Perry, 4, Ridge, 2, and Scottie, 2 months); David Hugh Stovall III; and Nathan Woodroof Stovall and wife Gillian (George, 1, and new baby due September 7).

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, August 30 at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC.

In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring his legacy with a memorial contribution to a charity of your choice or to the Stovall Family Endowment at Washington and Lee University that Dave created. The endowment provides unrestricted support for the faculty, students and programs of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, & Politics. Contributions may be mailed to Washington and Lee University, Office of Development, 204 W. Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450.

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 26, 2018.
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December 26, 2018
I just found out of Mr. Stovall's passing. He was my boss at Belk and he was also a wonferful friend. Even though he left Belk, we still exchanged text msgs on our birthdays and at Christmas. I didn't get a msg back this year and just found out of his passing. Not only was he the best boss I ever had, he also had the biggest heart. I wiill miss him greatly!
Helen Matlock
August 31, 2018
Dear Debbie and family, David's energy and enthusiasm was contagious, and all who knew him felt it. While we have not seen him in recent years, our memories of him are special. Our deepest sympathy to you.
Ruth and Colin Shaw
August 29, 2018
My thoughts , prayers, wishes for grace in the loss of David are sent with love. My deepest
Sympathy is expressed to you all. I am glad Alicia was able to see you even if for a short
Time. We both will be there tomorrow.
Dottie Burnside
August 28, 2018
Dave was a wonderful person and businessman who will be truly missed. I had the pleasure of serving with him on the Federal Reserve Bank Board, Jacksonville Branch. We appreciated his view of the retail industry trends but most of all his smiles, and love expressed for his family. Sending prayers of comfort to them. Carolyn Fennell - Orlando Florida
August 28, 2018
Such an incredible loss. What a great man who will be missed by so, so many. Debbie, Nathan/Gillian and the rest of the family -- our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all.
Laura and Mike Collins
August 28, 2018
Davey was a childhood friend and his passing is painful but it did bring back a lot of pleasant childhood memories from 60 years ago. We thought we were hot stuff when we caught a foot long mud sucker from a nearby creek! I will miss that little boy, and I share your grief.
Ned Foster
August 27, 2018
Dave was such a fine person and friend, and he so loved Debbie, his children, and those grandchildren. He was a people person...friendly, caring, and smiling. We imagine that he already has a group of angels sitting around laughing with him.
Tom & Mary Lynn Moser
August 27, 2018
Dear Debbie,

I was truly saddened to hear about Dave's passing- my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Stein Mart is one of our favorite stores here in Plano. While Dave was CEO of the company, I would mention to the cashiers when checking out that their "big boss" in Jacksonville and I were from the same home town in Va. They always smiled when I said that.
Milt Driver
August 27, 2018
Debbie & Family,
It was truly a pleasure working with David for 8 years in the Central Division of Belk. Thinking of you all as you celebrate his remarkable life. I will miss his quick wit and sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

-Lisa Ballance, Charlotte, North Carolina
August 27, 2018
It is with great sadness that we have learned of David's passing.I was always energized by David's enthusiasm and humor.Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
JIM and Peggy Hynes
August 26, 2018
A truly wonderful man, he was my mentor during my years at Bloomingdale's and Belk. I felt blessed that he was such an integral part of my career development. I am a better leader for having him lead me. He will be missed by so many.
Ginger Equi
August 26, 2018
We are thinking of all of you and sending our hopes for finding peace and comfort in the strong bond you have always had as a family. I will always remember Mr. Stovall with a smile and warmth that radiated to encompass all around him and am so glad his grandchildren felt that. With love and sympathy
Lauren and Jamie MacLachlan
August 26, 2018
We are so saddened by your loss. Our prayers are with all of you and feel honored to have been able to meet you both last winter. MayGod Bless and Keep David.
Sandy and Carol Orr
August 26, 2018
Debbie and family---sincere condolences to you all. David was a real gentleman. Sadler Barnhardt
August 25, 2018
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
August 25, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. David, was a true Southern Gentleman and a very loving husband, father and grandfather. He will truly be missed.
Vicki Unger
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