On August 12, 2013 my father William Ruis Stovall would have reached his 100th birthday. Ruis was born in Morgan County, Alabama, where he resided most of his life, less the years during the depression when he worked farming in Tennessee, dock work on the New Orleans waterfront, and wheat harvesting from Texas to Canada.
Ruis joined the US Army in 1937 and was stationed in Aniston, Alabama where he met Edith Virginia Matheney. They were secretly married on March 13, 1937 and, upon his discharge, they moved back to North Alabama where they lived, more or less, for the remainder of their life. Ruis eventually found stability with employment working for the City of Decatur, Alabama Electric Department, where he retired in the late 1970’s.
The union of Ruis and Virginia Stovall produced five children, Carolyn Dyann, Stephen Ruis, Peggy Ruth, William Robert, and Virginia Kay.
The lineage of William Ruis Stovall is:
Drew Stovall Jr.
Philip Orr Stovall
William Absolam Stovall
William Claud Stovall
William Ruis Stovall