From the Register Herald, July 17, 2000:
Larry Franklin Stover, 60, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Beckley, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at the home of his friend Danny Moore of Beaver following a short illness of cancer.
Born May 11, 1940, in Beckley, he was the son of the late H.R. and Ella Spencer Stover.
Mr. Stover was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and began employment with Raleigh-Wyoming Coal Co. at Glen Rogers in 1959.
Mr. Stover was a former employee of the city of Beckley over a 15-year span.
From 1960 to 1963, he was a radio operator and desk clerk for the Beckley Police Department. For the city of Beckley, he was a former secretary-manager of the Beckley Sanitary Board, recorder-treasurer of the city of Beckley, zoning officer, chief elections officer, custodian of pension funds, secretary of the Mechanical Trades Board, recreation board, Board of Public Works, and the Firemen's and Policemen's Civil Service Commissions.
After leaving employment with the city of Beckley, Mr. Stover was vice president of finance with Gates Engineering Co. in Beckley for nearly 10 years. Following employment with Gates Engineering Co., Mr. Stover worked with the West Virginia Business Foundation in Charleston. Afterward, he served as manager of the Beckley Hotel for six and a half years. He was employed by Media Promotions Enterprises of Huntington, and was a former manager of Rebels and Redcoats in Huntington from 1996 to 1997. He was also a former employee of McDermott Funeral Home in Pittsburgh. Mr. Stover was presently employed by Sprint PCS in Charlotte, N.C.
Mr. Stover was the Horseshow announcer at the Raleigh, N.C., State Fair for 25 years and the West Virginia State Fair for 25 years. He was the master of ceremony of the 1999 Equestrian World Olympic Games in Raleigh, N.C. He was the first non-North Carolinian to be inducted into the North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Mr. Stover had also served on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Raleigh, and had served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1964 to 1972. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Beckley, and was a former deacon of the Kenmar Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Raleigh County Historical Society and the Beautification Society of Beckley.
Survivors include two sons, Eric Hutchinson Stover of Charleston and Paul David Franklin Stover of Fairmont, and their mother, Mary Hutchinson Stover of Beckley.
Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Beckley with Dr. David Carrico officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour before services Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802, in memory of Mr. Stover.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.