Gloria Perkins Stovall

April 14, 1930April 9, 2019
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Gloria Perkins Stovall, 88, of Greenville, died at home and went to be with her Heavenly Father Jesus on April 9, 2019. She was born on April 14, 1930 in Atlanta, GA to the late John Temple and Vera Harris Perkins.

Gloria was the loving wife and best friend of husband James “Jim” Hunt Stovall. They celebrated 62 years of marriage 3 weeks ago with family. She was a loving and devoted mother to her children, Jim Stovall, Jr. of Decatur, GA; Steve Stovall (Karen) of Anderson SC, and Beth Stovall Byrne (Chris) of Spartanburg, SC; and a dedicated grandmother to her beloved grandchildren, David Zabriskie, Luke and Lydia Stovall, and Nicholas and Zachary Byrne. She is also survived by her brother, John T. Perkins, Jr. (Joanne); and three nephews, Mark, David, and Matthew Perkins.

Gloria loved her family and loved others, and she was known for her home-cooked meals including her famous homemade rolls, which she would gift frequently. When entertaining, she made sure her guests felt at home. She was a gracious and giving person (Proverbs 31:10-31).

In her free time, she enjoyed participating in DAR and Garden Club, keeping her home, and especially tending to the flowers in her yard. She also enjoyed doing crafts such as paper quilling, the art of rolling thin strips of paper, which she then arranged into flowers and other designs, decorating wedding invitations and other items, which she frequently gave as gifts. She and Jim loved the NC mountains, traveling often to their cabin, His High Place, in Black Mountain, NC. For family get-togethers, many memories were made at their condo in Litchfield Beach, SC and family trips to Pawley’s Island, SC, including playing in the surf, walking on the beach and crabbing.

Gloria graduated from North Fulton High School in Atlanta, GA, attended Savannah High in Savannah, GA, was a graduate of the University of Georgia, and a member of Kappa Delta sorority. After graduation, she worked in Europe for 14 months as a civilian in charge of the crafts shop for the US Army soldiers at the base in Ulm, Germany. She was a Brownie and a Cub Scout Leader, and served as Cookie Colonel.

She was an active member of Taylors First Baptist Church, serving in both Preschool and Adult Sunday School classes. She also sang in the Legacy Choir and served as a greeter. With her husband, Jim, she served on many international, national, and local mission ministry opportunities including charitable leadership at Anderson University, Clemson University, Salvation Army, and several Baptist institutions.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 13th at 2:00 pm at Taylors First Baptist Church with Dr. Jimmie Harley and Rev. Jerry Long officiating. The family will receive friends in the Gathering Space before the service from 12:00 – 1:45 pm. A committal will follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials to Anderson University, Stovall Family Endowed Scholarship, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621; Clemson University, Stovall Family Endowed Scholarship, Clemson, South Carolina 29634; or Greenville Salvation Army, or at PO Box 1237, Greenville, SC 29602.


  • John Temple Perkins, Father
  • Vera Harris Perkins, Mother
  • James Hunt Stovall, Husband
  • Jim Stovall Jr., Son
  • Steve Stovall, Son
  • Karen Stovall, Daughter-in-law
  • Beth Byrne, Daughter
  • Chris Byrne, Son-in-law
  • David Zabriskie, Grandson
  • Luke Stovall, Grandson
  • Lydia Stovall, Granddaughter
  • Nicholas Byrne, Grandson
  • Zachary Byrne, Grandson
  • John T Perkins Jr., Brother
  • Joanne Perkins, Sister-in-law
  • Mark Perkins, Nephew
  • David Perkins, Nephew
  • Matthew Perkins, Nephew

  • Jim Stovall, Jr.
  • Steve Stovall
  • Chris Byrne
  • Luke Stovall
  • Nicholas Byrne
  • Zachary Byrne

  • Anderson University, Stovall Family Endowed Scholarship
  • Clemson University, Stovall Family Endowed Scholarship
  • Greenville Salvation Army


  • Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 13, 2019

Gloria Perkins Stovall

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Alecia Guest Elrod

April 18, 2019

Beth and family,
So sorry for your loss just caught up with and sat with Mrs Gloria a few months ago at DAR luncheon! Such a wonderful mother, wife and Godly woman! My thoughts and prayers go with you!
Alecia Guest Elrod

Liz Gilbert

April 13, 2019

We first made friends with Jim and Gloria over email from overseas when looking for a place to stay near our kids at NGU. From the start I knew I was making a real friend with Gloria. They have graciously taken care of us when we have come home and loved on our kids at ngu by eating meals with them and even attending an NGU play our Abby was a part of! They have even graciously let us use their NC mountain place and offered again more than once! Love you, Jim and we will sure miss your sweet Gloria.

Mary and Robby Robinson

April 12, 2019

What wonderful and kind neighbors! We were fortunate to have been blessed by both of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Miss sharing tomatoes and Christmas fudge with Jim.

Jim Queen

April 12, 2019

It broke my heart when I was told Your Gloria passed. She was a great lady, wife , mom and grand mom!! She was so sweet to Wanda and I and we loved her so much. Thru out life one has the great privilege of meeting a special person and Gloria was just about tops for me. What a great time you guys had for 62 yrs

Wanda and I love you and Loved Gloria

Jerry & Sherry Copeland

April 12, 2019

Jim and Family, please know of our sincere sympathy, gratitude and honor for having know Gloria and you also Jim when you were members of Edwards Road Baptist Church in 1993. When we got married, Gloria used her quelling skills to make us a beautiful treasure of our wedding invitation. It has set on our bedroom dresser all of these years, even when we were away on our mission adventure to New Jersey for 8 years!

We also remember like yesterday when the two of you helped us with our condo when preparing to leave for our mission adventure. We knew nothing but kindness and love from you both and we count this loss personal as well. We know of your great love of God and his Son, Jesus, and that was always very evident in all that you all did, said and showed. But is also that love that will sustain us all as we grieve with you.

It is our prayer that God's comfort, love and grace will minister to you all during this time and the coming days ahead.

Thanking God for Gloria's abundant life of love and service.

Please know of sincere prayers and thoughts and love,

Jerry and Sherry Copeland

Jane Shaw

April 11, 2019

What a wonderful lady she was!!! She enriched my life in more ways than you can imagine. I remember she chaperoned a ski trip when our boys were early teens. I told her they had never skied before & please keep an eye on them. After they got home she said she missed them for a while and then saw them coming down the Black Diamond slope. She was thankful they came back in one piece . That was when we were first getting to know each other. After that our lives crossed in many ways. We went on a Partnership Mission together, ate in each others homes, worked on projects together and counted $ from the Salvation Army Christmas kettles. She had a wonderful way of making everyone feel included. I am blessed to have had her as a friend.