Mildred J. “Suzy” Stovall Martin, age 71, of Meadowview, VA, passed away on August 31, 2021 at Valley Healthcare in Chilhowie, VA. Born on October 26, 1949 in Smyth County, VA and raised in the Price’s Bridge area of Glade Spring, VA, Mildred was the daughter of and one of eight children to James and Bina (Norris) Stovall.
A graduate of Patrick Henry High School and Wytheville Community College, Suzy followed in her mother’s footsteps and pursued the profession of nursing. She began her career at Smyth County Hospital in Marion, VA. In 1972, she and her husband moved to Anchorage, Alaska where she continued nursing at Sisters of Providence Hospital. Upon moving back to Virginia and settling in Emory, VA in 1983, Suzy continued nursing on a more personal level, caring for many on both sides of her family. She had a God-given gift of caring that will never be forgotten by all who were touched by her presence.
Suzy had many interests and talents. She was a wonderful cook and an avid reader. She enjoyed flowers, family reunions, and her heart was always bent toward her furry companions. She was dedicated to her church, Blackwell Chapel UMC, and while healthy was actively involved where-ever needed. Most of all, she loved her family and friends.
Suzy was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers James Stovall, Jr., William “Billy” Stovall, Eugene Stovall; and sisters Ruby (Mack) Clark, Mary (Earl) Sheppard.
Survivors include her husband, Fred Martin of Meadowview, VA; sister Helen Lane of Chesapeake, VA, brother Howard Stovall and wife Judy of Glade Spring, VA; sister-in-law Tammy Martin of Emory, VA and many nieces and nephews.
Special gratitude to: Mike and Judy Hoback, Peggy Eddy, Bonnie Atwell, Nancy and Warren Kennedy, Jimmy and Linda Sheppard, Jerry and Sheryl Sheppard, Dr. Douglas Pote, Dr. Matthew Beasey, Pharmacist Mark Wilkinson, the nursing and therapy staff of Valley Healthcare, the nursing staff of Johnston Memorial Hospital, Chilhowie Nursing Service and all transport technicians that have provided care over time.
Those wishing to visit the family may do so at the home of Mike and Judy Hoback in Blackwell Chapel, VA. The service will be conducted by Rev. Steve Castle and the Rev. Lisa Bryant and held at Blackwell Chapel UMC 8329 Blackwell Chapel Rd, Meadowview, VA on Friday, September 3 at 1 pm. Mike Hoback, Stuart Stovall, Michael Stovall, Daniel Marshall, Ben Marshall and Nate Stovall will serve as pallbearers.
Those wishing to remember Suzy may make contributions to Blackwell Chapel Church at 8329 Blackwell Chapel Rd., Meadowview, VA 24361. Donations can also be made to the Old Glade Spring Presbyterian Church at 33234 Lee Hwy., Glade Spring, VA 24340, Suzy’s childhood church, that she continued to hold dear and where she had fond memories from attending as a child.
Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com
and signing the online guestbook. The family of Mildred J. “Suzy” Stovall Martin is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, Va. 24210 (276-623-2700).