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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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    BC Alcoholic Beverage Board
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  • April 28
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  • April 28
    BC Convention & Visitors Bureau
    8:30 a.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • April 28
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    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
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  • April 29
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    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • April 30
    Go Club at the library
    4 to 6 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • May 1
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  • May 1
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    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 1
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    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 2
    Euchre
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  • May 2
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
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    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
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    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 2
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    6 to 10 p.m. The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
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    Spring Blossom Parade and food drive downtown
    11 a.m. downtown Nashville
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    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 3
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    Noon to 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
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  • May 3
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 5
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • May 6
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 7
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 7
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    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
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    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
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    Bingo
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    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
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    9 to 11 a.m. New Song Mission, 7202 Keith Donaldson Road, Freetown
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    BC Election Board
    2 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
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    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
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    Local Coordinating Council
    8 a.m. Comm. Corrections Office, Suite B, lower level of Veterans Hall, 902 Deer Run Lane,
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    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
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    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • May 16
    Historic site hosts outdoor art contest
    7 a.m. to 4 p.m. TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
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    Pollinator Awareness Day at state park Nature Center
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)