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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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  • September 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 5
    "Rounding Third" at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 6
    'Ant-Man' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 7
    'Ant-Man' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 7
    Government offices CLOSED
  • September 8
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 8
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    CSCD Roads, Security commissions
    6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. CSCD Office, 8377 Cordry Drive, CSLOA Clubhouse, 8751 Nineveh Road
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 8
    Nashville Parking & Public Facilities
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 10
    'Ant-Man' at the Playhouse
    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 10
    Nashville Arts & Entertainment Commission
    10 a.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 11
    "Rounding Third" at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 12
    Bible camp planned
    8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 5802 Old Settlers Road behind Brownie's restaurant
  • September 12
    "Rounding Third" at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 12
    Beer and live music at inn
    12:30 to 4 p.m. Story Inn, 6404 State Road 135 South
  • September 12
    Live birds of prey at fundraiser
    5 to 9 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • September 12
    Concert, dinner for emergency services
    7 p.m., 8 p.m. to midnight Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • September 13
    'Ant-Man' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 14
    Beeline beekeepers club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 15
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 17
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 26
    CCC reunion slated at state park
    10:30 a.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane