L.B. Stover, Jr. passed away peacefully July 11, 2009, at his home in Madisonville, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Madisonville. Dr. George Wilson and Bro. Lanier Stevens will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Monday July 13, 2009 at Day Funeral Home Chapel. Stover was born April 4, 1923 in Johnson City, Texas to Luther B. and Myrtle Mae (Coleman) Stover.
He attended public schools in Iraan, Texas. He furthered his education at Sam Houston State Teachers College (now known as Sam Houston State University) in Huntsville, Texas, where he received a B.S. in Business. It was there that he met his wife, Betty Jo Cooper, of Madisonville and married on November 21, 1943.
After serving as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy during World War II as a communications officer, he returned home and was the Madisonville High School Band Director for a short time. In 1949, he began working with his father-in-law, the beloved Joe Cooper, in the insurance business. In 1960, he became a founding partner of Stover and Crouch Insurance Agency. Stover, better known as "Smokey" to many of his insurance colleagues, was a past president of Independent Insurance Agents of Texas. The positions Stover held in IIAT spanned two decades. He was a founding trustee of IIAT's current political action committee IMPACT and its first chairman where he served until 1984. In 1987, Stover was awarded IIAT's most prestigious honor, the Drex G. Foreman Award, for his outstanding contribution to the Independent Agency System.
Stover was a past president of the local Lions Club and the Madisonville Chamber of Commerce, a former commander of the American Legion, a past board member of The National Bank of Madisonville, a past member of the Board of Stewards and former choir director of the Methodist Church, and a founding member of the Oak Ridge Country Club.
He is survived by his wife of almost 66 years, Betty Stover; and children, Laura Henson and husband, Dwayne of Houston, Susan Nix and husband, Fred of Longview and Craig Stover and wife, Shelly of Madisonville; grandchildren, Randy Powers of Houston, Ragan Fox of Los Angeles, CA., Lanie Lenhart and husband, Jack of Longview, Laurie Dykoski and husband, Teddy of Houston, Lee Nix and wife, Kristen of Houston and Steven Stover and wife, Liz of Madisonville; great grandchildren, Tyler Stover, Tori and Lexi Moran all of Madisonville, Lauren and John William Lenhart of Longivew and Hudson and Drew Dykoski of Houston; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to his special caregiver, Elke Guevara for the wonderful, loving attention she gave him the last 3 1/2 years of his life. Also, a special thanks to the team of Home Healthcare and Brazos Valley Hospice.Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, Il. 60601-7633; Brazos Valley Hospice, 502 W. 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803; or First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 102 S. McIver, Madisonville, Texas 77864.