Butterfield Mourns Passing of Dr. O.R. Stovall, Jr.
WILSON, N.C. — Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) issued the following statement on the passing of longtime Goldsboro dentist and friend, Dr. Orlando Richard Stovall, Jr.:
“It is with deep sadness that we say farewell to my dear friend, Dr. O.R. Stovall, Jr., who was a pillar in Goldsboro’s African American community. His life was an example for others to emulate. Dr. Stovall along with his wife, Manetta Wooten Stovall, promoted active civic engagement and demanded racial equity for people of color throughout our great state. At age 99, Dr. Stovall lived to see the fruits of his labor.
“Dr. Stovall was a pioneer among African American dentists in North Carolina. As a faithful member of the Old North State Dental Society and the father of two dentists and grandfather of one, Dr. Stovall was a role model and demonstrated excellence in the dental profession.
“Dr. Stovall was committed to his faith. As a dedicated member of First African Baptist Church, Dr. Stovall practiced his faith in every respect.
“Though we mourn the loss of this giant, we also celebrate and honor his life of service. I share my deepest condolences to the Stovall family and his many friends during this time of bereavement.”