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This foundation was developed because the wife and son of 1LT Matt Stovall have often wondered how Matt would have been honored if he would have returned home from his Iraq deployment. Military men and women all deserve to be honored for their bravery and the sacrifices they make for American civilians to live their daily lives and enjoy our freedom.
The mission is to offer financial assistance to military men and women defending our country and to carry on the memory of 1st Lt. Matthew Stovall. The Steps for Stovall 5K Run/Walk annual event celebrates all American soldiers who volunteer to defend and protect our freedom, while raising money for those that need assistance upon returning from deployment.
The Stovall Foundation is a strictly volunteer and sponsor driven organization. Our dedicated board members carry on our mission to never turn our backs on service members. In the spirit of giving, the board serves the military community in a manner that will carry on the outstanding legacy of service the Stovall name represents.
Our Story ...
1 LT Matthew R. Stovall always wanted to be a soldier. He joined the Mississippi National Guard before he graduated Neshoba Central High School in 1997. He served in numerous capacities during his enlisted years and completed Officer Candidate School in 2001. Stovall then completed his Officer Basic Course in Fort Eustis, VA in 2002.
In the spring of 2002, Matt married his college sweetheart, Natalie, soon after welcoming their baby boy, Walker. In September of 2003, Matt left his family to serve with the 367th Maintenance Company in Mosul, Iraq. While in Iraq, Stovall was chosen to lead the 1st Platoon of the 401st Transportation Company, affectionately known as “The A Team”.
On August 22, 2004, just 2 months before Matt was due to return home and on Natalie’s 22nd birthday, she received the call that Matt had been fatally wounded while serving in Iraq. His family, friends and platoon were devastated. Matt Stovall was a deeply loved son, brother, husband, father and friend. His big goofy grin and infectious laugh could win anyone’s heart. No one was a stranger to Matt for very long.
STOVALL’S SACRIFICE FOR SOLDIERS was founded to carry on Matt’s legacy. Steps for Stovall 5K Run/Walk was organized to honor and remember Matt and all American soldiers who have volunteered to defend and protect our freedom. We appreciate your participation and support in this event.
Natalie Stovall Frady
Natalie Stovall Frady is a 32 year resident of Southaven, MS. Natalie graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2005. She is married to Howard Frady and has two children, Walker Stovall and Will Frady. Natalie is a Health IT Manager at Qsource in Memphis, TN. Natalie founded The Stovall Foundation, formerly known as Stovalls’s Sacrifice for Soldiers, in 2011 in honor of her late husband, 1LT Matthew Stovall, who was fatally wounded in Mosul, Iraq in 2004. She wanted to carry on Matt’s legacy while giving back to local military. She has served as the Director of The Stovall Foundation since it was founded and is extremely proud of all that has been accomplished.
Josh Durdin is a 28 year resident of Southaven, MS, husband of Shana Durdin and they have 2 children. Josh is an IT Analyst at Cargill, Inc and also serves on the Cargill Cares Community Improvement committee. Josh enjoys woodworking and coaching youth baseball in DeSoto County. Josh has been volunteering with The Stovall Foundation since inception. Josh is also a member of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Rifle Association (NRA). Josh wanted to be involved with the foundation because he believes that soldiers sacrifice so much when they serve our country and need to be honored and recognized when they return to civilian life.
Shana Durdin is a 31 year resident of Southaven, MS, wife to Josh Durdin and mother to 2 children, Carly and Jack. She enjoys spending time outdoors, new adventures, and woodworking. Most days Shana can be found on a baseball field cheering on her son’s team. Shana has volunteered her time for several organizations, including The Stovall Foundation, and is excited to take on a role as a Board Member.
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Tim Millican is an OIF veteran, currently serving as a Staff Sergeant in the Mississippi National Guard. He's also a Deputy at Desoto County Sheriff's Department. Having served with several OIF and OEF veterans, in addition to his ties to local law enforcement, Tim acts as a military and law enforcement liaison for the Stovall Foundation.
Dwain Scott is a 7 year resident of Hernando, MS, husband to Shannon Scott, father of Regan (6 years old and Rosco (4 years old). Dwain is the Continuous Improvement Customer Experience Coordinator at Owens Corning in Memphis, TN. Dwain enjoys spending time working on his podcasting, a Podcaster Shifting Work, Finding Freedom in a Blue Collar World. Dwain is also a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Dwain decided to join The Stovall Foundation Board of Directors because he wanted to give back to local Veterans. Dwain’s father and uncles served in the military from WWII through Vietnam.
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