Williamson County agent Kevin Stofle left a legacy of service and faith

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After Williamson County Officer Kevin Stofle died suddenly of a heart attack this week, some of his friends immediately gathered under an 80-foot cross outside his Georgetown church.

“There was a lot of tears and crying, and also a lot of prayer,” said Rick Cotto, director of campus support for Celebration Church.

“Kevin exuded strength and courage, but also caring,” Cotto said. “We loved his heart.”

Stofle, who died on Monday, was 62 years old.

Grieving County Commissioners interrupted their meeting on Tuesday due to Stofle’s death.

“I have lost a friend,” Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said at the meeting. “It’s difficult for the county right now.… As we are gathered here today, members of Parliament stand beside his body to honor him.”

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Stofle had a 40-year career in law enforcement, starting at age 19 as an officer with the Whitesboro Police Department, north of Dallas.

Stofle began a career with the Georgetown Police Department in 1982and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2001. He retired in 2012. He was also the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Georgetown before being appointed Constituency 3 Constable in 2013.

“He was just someone who loved helping others, which is why he was in law enforcement,” said Joe Bob Kay, one of Stofle’s friends. “He was very good at reasoning with people. He wasn’t a man who spoke a lot of words but he was a man who when he spoke, people listened.”

Williamson County agent Kevin Stofle died on September 13 of a heart attack.

Kay said he and his wife went out every Friday night with Stofle and his wife, including going to baseball games and watching Stofle’s daughter play volleyball. “He was a great husband, a great father and a great friend,” Kay said.

Stofle and his family joined Celebration Church in 2009, said Lori Champion, one of the co-founding pastors. She said Stofle was involved in many groups at church, including one that helped people get out of debt and one that looked after families. He was also a member of the church security team.

“People just turned to him for advice,” Champion said. “He had a tough exterior but he was a gentle giant.”

Stofle has also spent many years volunteering in the community, including serving on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors, volunteering for Project Graduation for over 40 years, mentoring the Georgetown School District and youth baseball coach, according to his obituary.

He said hewas also a senior instructor for the Texas Institute of Public Problem Solving at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas from 1999-2005, and was a nationally certified instructor for the US Department of Justice.

“He was just humble,” Champion said. “No matter who you were, he always loved you.”

Cotto said the last time he saw him, Stofle gave him a big hug after Cotto, a retired U.S. Army captain, gave a speech about veterans and first responders at the of an event.

“If I had known this would be the last time I saw him, I would have lasted a little longer,” said Cotto.

Visits for Stofle will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday followed by the 11 a.m. funeral at Celebration Church, 1601 Westinghouse Road.

Stofle was married with four children. He is survived by his wife Laura Stofle, his son Bryan Stofle and his wife Christine; her daughter Amanda Alff and her husband David Alff; his son Colt Stofle and his daughter Lauren Stofle. He is also survived by four grandchildren.

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