1. Melvin Stovall was born on 9 May 1910 in Voss, Coleman Co, Texas. He died on 22 May 1994 in Brown Co, Texas. He was buried in Zephyr Cemetery, Brown Co, Texas.
Sheriff of Brown Co, Texas
1920 US census - Coleman Co, Texas - Santa Anna
1930 US census - Brown Co, Texas - Pct 4w/parents
Melvin STOVALL was elected on November 4, 1980, and served until January 1, 1985. Contributed by Patsy Johnson in Brownwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Melvin married Verniece Murphree daughter of Walter H Murphree and Susan Virgie Parsons. Verniece was born on 2 Jul 1913. She died in 1993. She was buried in Zephyr Cemetery, Brown CO, Texas.
They had the following children:
2F i. Ima Gene Stovall
3F ii. Josephine Stovall Rhodes
4F iii. Shirley Ann Stovall
5F iv. Judy Beth Stovall
6F v. Melvina Janice Stovall
7F vi. Meldina Bernice Stovall
8M vii Gary Melvin Stovall
“Monday, June 29, 1981, Open House for the new Brown County Jail. Constructed of precast panels with the cost being $1,400,000.00 and holds 72 prisoners. General Contractor, Herman Bennett Company, Robert Webster, Architect. Ernest Cadenhead, County Judge and Melvin Stovall, Sheriff. (In the Life and Lives of Brown County People; Brown County Historical Society Book 1 Second Edition Indexed 1988, complied by Lorene Bishop assisted by Melba Coursey; pg 23)
Small Flower Pot
When the prisoners were moved out of the jail in 1981, the Brown County Historical Society asked permission to give a tour of the old jail just as it was vacated. No cleaning was done, just tour of all four stories.
Mrs. Elzina Welch was one of the ladies who helped with the tours one day. In one of the rooms there was a small flower pot with a plant that was almost dead. She said to some of the ladies that she believed she could revive the plant and make it grow. She took the pot home with her and put it in good soil, a bigger pot, watered it good and set it by her front door in the sunshine. Soon the plant took off growing and became a healthy bush, about four feet tall. A friend came by to see her and when she left she ask Mrs. Welsh why was she growing the marijuana plant. To Mrs. Welsh’s surprise she was growing an illegal plant and did not know it. Immediately, the plant was destroyed, but Mrs. Welsh had proved her point. She had nursed the plant back to life and it had become a beautiful plant.