September 14, 1956 — April 10, 2019
Jim was born in Baton Rouge, LA, to Rev. James (Jimmie) and Alice Stovall. As a preacher’s kid and the youngest child with three older sisters, not surprisingly, Jim had a reputation of being a mischievous child. Jim also developed an early sense of independence beyond his age perhaps due to five family moves, before he graduated from high school in Monroe, LA.
After high school graduation Jim moved to Chicago where he was an associate with the Institute of Cultural Affairs while simultaneously pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois Chicago in Criminal Justice. With the ICA Jim also spent time working in village development projects in India, Egypt and Indonesia.
Jim eventually settled in Oklahoma City and received his Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. Jim devoted the balance of his career to peaceful conflict resolution, founding the Mediation Institute in 1993. taught mediation and negotiation at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University School of Law, and the University of Central Oklahoma. He conducted mediation trainings for over 1000 individuals, including judges, attorneys, executives, as well as human resource and mental health professionals throughout Oklahoma and Louisiana.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents Rev. Jimmie and Alice Stovall of Baton Rouge, La and his sister Mary Alice Ballard of Sulphur, La. Jim leaves behind his beloved wife Kristi; daughter Julia Stovall Green of Edmond, OK; son Martin Stovall of Oklahoma City; sisters Sally Stovall and her husband Dick Alton of Oak Park, IL. and Carol Broussard and her husband Pete of Slidell, La; and two granddaughters Zoe Green and Hadley Green of Edmond. He will also be dearly missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family.