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Police Eye Charges in Fatal Crash


Posted on Mar 23, 2012

Police, still investigating the traffic crash that claimed the life of Doc Stovall, say they'll determine if any charges against the other driver will be filed after the investigation is complete.
The Booth Western Art Museum's Entertainment and Sponsorship manager and a Lithia Springs resident, Doc Gordon Stovall, 74, died following the two-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning.
Despite emergency medical crews' efforts, Stovall passed away shortly after the 7: 15 a.m. crash at the intersection of Felton Road and North Tennessee Street.
Cartersville Police Department Lt. Mark Camp said police have not released the other driver's name because the investigation is ongoing. A decision on charges in the crash will come at the conclusion of the probe.
Meanwhile, the Booth yesterday shared news of the sudden passing and said it's mourning the loss of a "beloved" employee.
"Booth Western Art Museum is so sorry to have lost our long-time friend and employee, Doc Stovall, in a tragic accident this morning. He will be sorely missed," Executive Director Seth Hopkins said in a statement.
A native of Virginia, Stovall, a Western singer and cowboy poet, is well known across the country and performed in 25 states. 
He was honored in 2002 as Georgia’s Official Cowboy Balladeer and in 2004 as the first cowboy singer inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. At the Booth, Stovall directed discussions, gave presentations and performed, but led some of the museum's most important activities.
"Obviously, it's devastating to us. We're all kind of in a state of shock," Hopkins, told The Daily Tribune News. "Doc's been here almost since the beginning. He's been a fixture here. He's obviously one of the more visible people on the staff of the museum. He has been very important in leading a number of things that are core parts of the Booth like the [Southeastern] Cowboy Gathering...
"He's really developed the Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest into a statewide activity that we're known for. That was something that he really envisioned and got started from the very beginning."
A performer at cowboy gatherings, western festivals and other events, Stovall's "work consists of trail songs, songs of ranch life, songs of the western range and mountains, as well as humorous looks at the west through parody and satire," according to Cowboy Directory. He had albums, co-hosted a TV show and performed "Trails Plowed Under" with Jim Dunham.
Funeral arrangements are expected to be made public when available.

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