Roger Lee Stover, of Bellview, who just celebrated his 67th birthday, passed away from a sudden illness in the early morning hours of June 20, 2017, at Mon General Hospital.
A beloved husband, father and grandfather, he was surrounded by his family as he went to join his wife of 30 years in heaven. Brenda Jo Stover died on April 26, 2011.
Roger was born on June 3, 1950, in Fairmont, to the late Roy B. "Mickey" Stover and Maxine Dawson Stover.
He graduated from Farmington High School in 1968 and went to work at the box plant. He then followed in his father's footsteps and began what would be a 45-year history as a Marion County bus driver.
He drove thousands of children during his time as a bus driver including at times all three generations of a family at some time during his 45 years of driving for Marion County. He drove many trips with the high school band, athletic teams, as well as students, including trips to Charleston, taking the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees to the famed Pittsburgh Steelers games, as well as years of band camps, football games, championship games and simple after-school activities. He was well loved by his students, and many have expressed how he impacted their lives and how much they will miss him and his smile.
He and his son Justin ran a lawn-care service in Marion County for the last 21 years. He was a die-hard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, West Virginia University and (secretly East Fairmont High School). He was an active and loving husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed taking them fishing, camping and traveling to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
Survivors include two sons, Roger Lee Stover II of Fairmont and Justin Michael and his wife Amanda Stover of Rivesville; two daughters, Heather Marie Carmines of McLean, Virginia, and Stephanie Rene and her husband Jeffery Beach of Cumberland, Virginia; 10 grandchildren, Skyler Austin Stover, Starr Shayleigh Stover, Somer Sharae Stover, Nicolas Michael Stover, Ethan Alexander Stover, MacKenzy Rae Thompson, Emma Jo Beach, Dakota Thomas Leonard, MaKinna Hope Thompson and MiKayla Morgan Carmines; a sister and her husband, Carol Jean and Terry Sponaugle of Mannington; a nephew, T.J. Sponaugle and wife Cindy; and niece, Amber Sponaugle.
Mr. Stover has chosen cremation services. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday. This will be at East Fairmont High School in the school auditorium, with Pastor Scott Kreps officiating.
Published on June 30, 2017