Joe A. Stegall is being remembered as an integral part of the city, a loyal employee and friend who will be missed at City Hall.
And one official, Mayor Jerrell Baley, said Stegall “was the best CFO the city ever had.”
Stegall, the city’s chief financial officer about four years, died Dec. 16 after a short battle with cancer. A viewing was held Saturday, followed by a service at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Forney. He was laid to rest Monday at the Aggie Field of Honor in College Station.
“Joe Stegall was an integral part of Royse City,” said City Manager Carl Alsabrook. “Joe arrived here at a period where economic stabilization had begun. Joe did a marvelous job of managing funds and provided wise counsel to city staff and members of the city council. Joe managed the financial demands of the city and ensured that we continued on the path to recovery.”
Alsabrook added that Stegall “was a gregarious individual who was willing to help anyone when needed.”
“He was not only a city employee but a loyal employee and a friend,” said Mayor Pro Tem Janet Nichol. “A private person but when it came to his family he wanted everyone to know how proud he was of them. He will surely be missed around City Hall.”
At first, Baley said, he had a problem understanding the financial printouts that Stegall presented to the city council.
“But he taught me how to read them and everything was fine from then on,” the mayor added. “Joe was a kind soul and full of humor. He will truly be missed.
Stegall was born in Jasper and reared in Bryan. He was most proud of his family and his Aggie legacy. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1976 with a degree in accounting and put his CPA license to use in municipalities and school districts across Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Barbara; daughter Andrea and her husband, Chris Bouressa; their two children, Olivia and Ainsley; and daughter Megan and her husband, Charles Trenchard. He is also survived by his mother, Evelyn Stegall, in-laws James and Anna Marie McCloskey, and a large extended family.