Michelle Joann (Govan) Sturgeon

Born: Sun., Mar. 18, 1945
Died: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

Interment following funeral service


11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 17, 2018
Location: Davis Funeral Home

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Thu., Jan. 18, 2018
Location: Ward Chapel AME Church

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Jan. 18, 2018
Location: Ward Chapel AME Church

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Mrs. Michelle Sturgeon age 72 a resident of  Prattville, Alabama passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 at Prattville Baptist Hospital.  Funeral service will be held Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10am from Ward Chapel AME Church, 130 4th Street Prattville, Alabama with Rev. Dr. Anges Lover Pastor officiating.  Burial to follow at Alabama National Cemetery, 3133 Highway 119 Montevallo, Alabama.


On Monday January 8, 2018, in the early morning hours our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ closed he eyes of Sister Michelle Smith Sturgeon.

 Sister Michelle, the youngest of seven children, was born March 18, 1945 in Hartford, Connecticut to the union of late Robert Govan Sr., and the late Elmira Armstrong. Her siblings preceded her in death: Sylvia Gavan, Robert Gavan, Jr., and Richard Nelms.

As a youth, she loved to tap dance and dreamed of being a Rockette dancer and often like to play dress up. Her charming and dainty mannerisms were not overshadowed by her being a member of the Black Panther Party in the early 1960's and 70's. During the height of the civil rights movement, Sister Michelle often marched, boycotted and stood for the rights of the least of these. Her two children, Greg and Eunice, although bused, were instrumental in integrating the Connecticut school system.

She was joined in holy matrimony to a devoted husband, George Sturgeon, of Nineteen years. You rarely saw one without the other.

After retiring from union Camp, Sister Michelle loved living off the land and especially loved living in the county. She loved canning, gardening, fishing and cooking. She especially enjoyed making homemade ice cream: walnut, strawberry and butter pecan at family and church gatherings. Sister Michelle had a way of making folk feel at ease and they felt at peace, perhaps it was the love of Jesus that exuded from her heart. Sister Michelle was a Steward of Ward Chapel AME Church; gave leadership to the Wednesday evening Prayer Warriors; and held prayer service in her home every Friday evening for twenty years. She absolutely loved the Lord her God with all her heart and all her soul and honored her commitments to her church family faithfully.

She is cherished by her loving husband, George Sturgeon of Prattville, AL; one loving son James Gregory Govan, of Prattville, AL; one loving daughter Eunice Smith of Dorchester, MA; step-daughter Deon Sturgeon of Montgomery, AL, and step son George (Dominique) Sturgeon, Ill of Richmond, VA. Two sisters, BettyAnn Jones, and Roberta Thomas of Brockton, MA; and two brothers Charles (Patricia) Gavan, of Hartford, CT and Robert (Martha) Delaney of Chili, NY, and a favorite cousin Nellie Pierre. Seven grand-children, three greatgrandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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