August 1, 2021

Big western show postponed after death of famed performer

Doc Stovall (Booth Western Art Museum Photo)

A big western event dubbed “The Cowboy Way,” which was set to take place on June 16-17 at the Heard County Arena, has been postponed indefinitely after a recent automobile accident took the life of the star of the show.

Doc Stovall,74, Co-Founder of the Cowboy Performing Arts Society and a well-known Western Singer / Cowboy Poet was killed on March 21 in an early morning two-vehicle accident in Cartersville, Ga.

According to Chuck Stephens, one of the organizers of the planned arena event, the show will hopefully still happen sometime this summer, although no details have been determined at this time.

Heard County Arena director Sammy Noles was very upset at the news. “I hadn’t known Doc that long but he was the kind of man that could quickly make you feel like you were a life-long friend. He was a true master of his craft,” stated Noles.

Stovall, a resident of Lithia Springs, was also an inductee into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame and was recognized by the State Senate as the Official Georgia Cowboy Balladeer.

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