George Stovel, juvenile unit official

December 28, 1992|By Staff Report

George Benjamin Stovel Jr. a retired supervisor of the Department of Juvenile Services, died Dec. 18 of diabetic complications at Baltimore County General Hospital.

Born and raised in Portsmouth, Va., he was a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Va., majoring in political science and minoring in social studies.

He later made his home in Norfolk, Va., where he taught social studies at the Jacox High School in the 1960s.

Mr. Stovel served as a lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps during World War II in the European theater.

Mr. Stovel's father was born in Bermuda and came to the United States to pursue his education.

Soon after George Benjamin Stovel Sr. died about 20 years ago, his son decided to locate his relatives in Bermuda. Mr. Stovel and his wife, the former Julia Davis, went at least once a year to Bermuda to visit them.

He moved to Baltimore in 1963 and began working for the Department of Juvenile Services as a juvenile supervisor and consultant.

As part of his retirement celebration at Martin's Eudowood in 1985, Mr. Stovel received citations from several state government officials, including former Gov. Harry Hughes. The governor's citation noted his contributions to Baltimore in the Department of Juvenile Services. Mr. Stovel also was cited by then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer.

He received a certificate of merit from Mr. Schaefer "for 20 years of faithful and exemplary service which shall now come to a well-earned and rewarding conclusion."

Chief Judge Robert I. H. Hammerman of the Circuit Court of Baltimore City also commended Mr. Stovel on his years of devoted and dedicated service.

Mr. Stovel loved reading and enjoyed traveling. After he retired he visited Bermuda, where he saw relatives and friends, Jamaica, Aruba and Hawaii.

Services for Mr. Stovel were conducted Wednesday.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Stovel Peamon, of Baltimore; and a grandson.

The family suggested donations to the Diabetes Association of Maryland, 2 Reservoir Circle, Pikesville, Md. 21208.

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