Heaven’s sounding sweeter all the time, as our beloved Vernell Stoughtenborough has departed from our ranks, Dec. 30, 2018, at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 2 days. He was welcomed to his heavenly home by family that preceded him, including his mother, Mary Jiles, his father, Dean Stoughtenborough, grandmother, Velma Ross, brothers, Hershell Turner, Barry, Sr., Tommy Dean and Ricardo Stoughtenborough, sisters, Joyce Dalton, Mary Ann Hickman, Suzette Stoughtenborough, uncle, Bobby Joe Purvey and his grandson, Gary Pickens, Jr. Oh, what a celebration that was.
Vernell was born Jan. 28, 1941, at Mexia, Texas. The family moved to Ardmore and Vernell was a student at Douglass High School. He later worked at Michelin Tire Company and after his retirement, he enjoyed the time he spent as a door greeter at the Ardmore Walmart store, with a smile on his face and a joke on his lips welcoming Walmart shoppers.
A Deacon at the Sunrise Baptist Church, Vernell had been a member of the Milo Roundup Club. A great admirer of horses, Vernell enjoyed rodeos and cooking in his leisure time. His grandson, Gary and great-grandson, Devion were the pride and joy of his life, he loved them dearly.
Family members that survive and will forever cherish precious memories include, his wife, the former Vergie Toles; his beloved daughter, Kim Myles and her husband, Kenneth; sisters, Delma Moreno and husband, Geronimo, and Regina Stoughtenborough; brother, Malcolm Stoughtenborough; his great-grandson, Devion Pickens; special nieces, Jackie Oatts-Campbell, Denise Anthony Weston, Crystal Oatts and Nikisha Markell Lane. As well as a host of other nieces, nephews and all the adopted grand’s that called him “Pops.” Vernell enjoyed life, family members and his many friends.  
“Going Home” services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home conducted by Reverend Steven Horn.  Burial will follow at the Dunbar Cemetery, with the assistance of Kemein Murray, Dominique Douglas, Lance Epps, Sylvester Haywood, Jason Swindall and Eldon Carr serving as pallbearers. Flower Girls include Carla Caldwell, Candice Brown, Chrissy Nugent, Cherish Weston, Kharizma Criner and Teka Avery.
Family and friends may call at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home to view and sign the memorial book or Words of Comfort may be sent the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.