It was with great sorrow and sense of loss that we learned on Monday morning , October 5th, that our friend, partner in ministry, and fellow Board member Stovall Witte finished his race on earth and entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior. For over ten years Stovall served on the Board of Palmetto Family providing both professional and spiritual guidance and oversight to this ministry. His gentle spirit and kind heart will be deeply missed.

Stovall is survived by his wife, Jan, and three grown children.

Here is a small snapshot of Stovall’s life in his own words…

I graduated from The Citadel in 1972 and served in the United States Army for the next 24 years as an Airborne/Ranger Infantry Officer. I served in a range of posts from Company Commander, to Brigade Executive Officer, to managing the Hell-Fire Anti-Armor missile program. I retired from The Army in 1997 as a Lt. Colonel.

For the next six years of my life, I served in senior staff positions within the US House of Representatives, including three years as Rep. Henry Brown’s Chief of Staff.

When the opportunity to settle in South Carolina arose, I took it and spent the last six years serving as the Vice President for Advancement and Marketing at Charleston Southern University. I left that post to focus on my bid for the First Congressional seat Rep. Henry Brown vacated.

As a community leader, I serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Carolina Boy Scouts of America, Campus Outreach and the Palmetto Family Council. I’m also a member of the Downtown Charleston Rotary Club. My family and I attended East Cooper Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.

I’ve been married to the love of my life – Jan Pitts of Dallas, Texas, for forty-seven years. We have three children: Meredith, who is married to Mr. Shane Knight and lives in Richmond, VA; Evelyn who graduated from Union University and lives in North Charleston; and 2LT Stovall Witte III, US Army.