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John Dennis "Smokey" Stover Sr.


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
John Dennis Stover, Sr. "Smokey"

John Dennis Stover, Sr., 92, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 1, 2014.

John was born May 25, 1922 in Gilmer County, Georgia. He was a cherished, down-home soul who quietly loved his family and friends. He was strong in his faith and enjoyed working in his yard, gardening, fishing, Hartville Flea Market, yard sales, and showing a few special tricks to all he met. He was a member of the Greatest Generation and our hero who served in the Army at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, HI during the Warld War II attack on Pearl Harbor where he shot at low flying enemy planes with only a pistol and continued to defend the island in the aftermath. John went on to serve courageously in the war for another three years in Australia, Leyte Island, New Guinea and the Philippines. After the war, John went home to Georgia where he met and married the love of his life, Freda Lee Russell. Moving to Akron in 1952 to work in the booming rubber industry, John retired from Firestone after 29 years of service and enjoyed an amazing 33 year retirement.

Together again, John is preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Freda L. Stover; parents, William M. and Nellie M. Stover; son, Donald R. Stover; grandsons, Joshua Stover and Michael Lamb; granddaughter, Melissa Stover; five brothers and four sisters. He is survived by sons, Terry M. (Kathy) Stover, Gary L. (Jacqualine) Stover, Dale E. (Dorothy) Stover, Mark R. (Candace) Stover, John D. (Patricia) Stover, Jr.; daughters, Sandra F. Boone, Brenda K. (Gary) Boarman, and Sherri L. (Shawn) Slonsky; 28 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, L.C. Stover; and sister, Betty (Wally) Greene.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, 131 N. Canton Rd., Akron 44305. On Thursday, August 7th, calling hours are noon to 1 p.m. with funeral services beginning at 1 p.m. with Rev. Dwayne Ray officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 4742 N. 24th St. Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016-4862. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.NewcomerAkron.com.

NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, 330-784-3334


Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, 2014
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