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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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  • December 19
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • December 19
    Christmas sing-along at The Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 19
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 19
    Live hip hop music at dance barn
    7 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West