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George Franklin ‘Joe’ Stover, 81, Morgantown

George Franklin "Joe" Stover, 81, Morgantown, passed peacefully Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, 2014 at The Waters of Martinsville Nursing Home in Martinsville. He was a former resident of Lebanon and Hillsdale, Mich.

Joe was born Dec. 24, 1932 in Jackson, Mich., to the late George V. and Ruby Rachel (Richmond) Stover. He was a 1951 graduate of Hillsdale High School in Hillsdale, Mich. and went on to graduate from Hillsdale College. Joe served with the United States Army from 1955 to 1956 during the Korean War. After service to his country, Joe taught chemistry and math at Standish-Sterling High School in Standish, Mich. for three years. Then he went to work for Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis as a sales manager from 1964 to 1973 and then retired in 1985 from Northwest Industries after 15 years of service.

Joe was a true salesman who enjoyed his travels throughout the United States and into Europe, Africa and other parts of the world. Even while working his regular job, he sold advertising on the side. At one time, he convinced associates to invest in a portable can smasher which was used to smash commercial-grade chemical cans.  This adventure earned him the name of "Gypsy Joe". 

Joe was an avid golfer and a loyal member of Tameka Woods Golf Course in Trafalgar where he was known as "Five Toes" to his playing partners. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and training bird dogs. In his early years, Joe enjoyed racing go-karts with his son, Joey, and was a member of Senior Stock Go-Karts Association.

Joe is survived by his children, Joey Stover, Robin Stover and Roseanne (Tom) Hayes, all of Charleston, S.C.; and a brother, Robert "Bob" (Jill) Stover of Nappanee. 

He was preceded in death by his life companion of 30 years, Mary Jane (Hamilton) Woods Dec. 31, 2012. He will be deeply missed by Wood’s children and their families who loved and cared for him greatly, Robin (Ted) Saras of Hoffman Estates, Ill., Teresa (the late Michael) Woods and Jamie (Shelly) Woods, both of Martinsville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Pastor Kyle Hunter will conduct a funeral service at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St., Morgantown. Friends can call from 2 p.m. until service time Saturday, Feb. 1 at the funeral home. A committal service will be conducted at Bankers Cemetery in Hillsdale, Mich. at a later date. 

Memorial contributions can be sent in honor of Joe to the Salvation Army Church, 168 S. Jefferson St. Nashville, IN 47448.

Condolences can be made to the Stover family at meredith-clark.com.

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  • February 1
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • February 2
    Gnaw Bone Sewage District
    5:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 3
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • February 3
    Bean Blossom Regional Sewer Board
    7:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Women's Bible study offered
    1 to 3 p.m. Cornerstone Inn, 54 E. Franklin St.
  • February 4
    Lake Lemon Conservancy District annual meeting
    6 p.m. Benton Township Senior Center, 7616 E. State Road 45, Unionville
  • February 4
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • February 4
    Van Buren Township Advisory Board
    7 p.m. Van Buren trustee's office, 4748 Christianburg Road
  • February 4
    BC Emergency Management Advisory Council
    8 a.m. Ambulance Base, 53 State Road 46 East
  • February 5
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 5
    Jackson Township Board
    6 p.m. Jackson Fire Station, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • February 6
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • February 7
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 7
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • February 7
    Karaoke at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • February 7
    Cabin Fever Concert features local music
    7 to midnight The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Washington Township Trustees
    7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Reservation deadline for Valentine's tea at local shop
    Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • February 10
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 10
    Van Buren Fire Department
    6 p.m. Van Buren Fire Station, 4040 State Road 135 South
  • February 10
    Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society meeting set
    6:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 10
    BC Genealogical Society meeting slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • February 11
    East Hill Cemetery meeting slated
    7 p.m. Morgantown Community Center, 269 W. Washington St.
  • February 12
    BC Convention & Visitors Commission
    8:30 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 13
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • February 13
    Daddy-daughter Valentine's dance Friday the 13th
    6:30 p.m. Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • February 14
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • February 17
    Hamblen Trustee Board annual review
    6:30 p.m. 2314 Hickory Ridge Lane off Hornettown Road
  • February 19
    Woodlands project dinner, meeting slated
    6 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 20
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • March 7
    Meet 'Wilderness Plots' author at the library
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • March 8
    'Wilderness Plots'-themed concert planned
    4 p.m. BCHS, 235 School House Lane
  • March 8
    Brown County bridal tour slated
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. various locations
  • March 10
    Soil & water conservation district to celebrate 62 years
    6 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • March 21
    Venders needed for Jackson TFD yard sale
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jackson Township Fire Department, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • April 26
    County history center dedication slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould