Christine Davis Stovall, age 91, of Blue Ridge, passed away July 8, 2019. Mrs. Stovall was born July 20, 1927, in Murphy, North Carolina, to the late Newton Gibson and Edith Anderson Gibson. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of McCaysville/Copperhill.
She was preceded in death by her late husbands, Flint Davis and J.T. Stovall; as well as her brothers, John Gibson and Herbert Gibson.
Christine often reminisced of her childhood, which included being the oldest child of four sisters and two brothers, their responsibilities and adventures growing up on the family farm.
She graduated from Murphy High School and attended Young Harris College. Her entrepreneurial spirit began in her early years where, as the owner of the Tastee Freez Drive-In, she was known around McCaysville for her endless hours serving burgers and shakes to local friends and patrons. Christine was also instrumental in the ownership and management of the Sears Roebuck Catalog Store in McCaysville. Christine later changed her business focus to the local jewelry industry, where she was the original owner of The Diamond Center in Blue Ridge.
She was known throughout the area for her strong work ethic, her charming personality, her expectations of excellence, her old sayings that she could quote at any moment and her classic beauty.
After retirement, she became active in the McCaysville Garden Club, the Fannin Regional Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies, the Prime Timer’s Choir and the Sanctuary Choir at the First Baptist Church. Christine enjoyed traveling, cooking and baking for her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren – they truly were the joy of her life.
She leaves behind a legacy of integrity, honesty, charisma, faithfulness and love. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by her family and those who knew her.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sandi and Jon Stepp of Blue Ridge; son and daughter-in-law, Rusty and Sandra Davis of Blue Ridge; step-daughter, Debbie Stovall of Chattanooga, Tennessee; daughter-in-law, Eva Jean Welch of Blairsville; sisters, Kathleen McGuire of Blairsville, Madelyn (Curtis) Chambers of Atlanta, Georgia, Geraldine Lominac of Murphy and Jane (Tom) Stiles of Hiwassee Dam; grandchildren, Marshall (Jessica) Davis, Suzanne (John) Davenport, Elizabeth (Jordan) Patton, Rebecca (C.J.) Arnold and Cassidy (Tallas) Snodgrass; great grandchildren, Levi and Callie Davenport, Madelyn Davis and Emerson and Eleanora Patton; various nephews and nieces and other special family members also survive.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 12, at McCaysville First Baptist Church with Pastor Mathew McDaniel officiating.
Interment followed in Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers included Marshall Davis, John Davenport, Jordan Patton and C.J. Arnold. Honorary pallbearers were Levi Davenport and Tallas Snodgrass.
Arrangements entrusted to the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home of McCaysville.
You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.