Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 12, 2013

Athens businessman dies at 66

Kiwanian reflects on Stover’s legacy

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Athens businessman Mike Stover wasn’t one for doing things part-way.

The owner of Mike Stover Insurance Agency on South Palestine Street, he spent decades serving the community and trying to make it a better place.

Stover was a familiar face to anyone who made the annual trip to the Kiwanis Pancake Day festivities. A former president of the club, he cooked up countless sausages for those who came out for the popular club fundraiser organized to help the youth of the community.

“We’ve been friends since the early ‘50s,” fellow Kiwanian Roy Harris said. “He’s been a board member for many years. He’s the one who got me to be on the board.”

Stover had racked up decades of perfect attendance until illness forced him to take a leave of absence. He died Tuesday morning in Tyler at age 66.

Harris said several Kiwanis members will serve as pallbearers at Stover’s funeral service. Details about the service were still to be finalized on Tuesday afternoon.

Stover also served multiple terms on the Athens Water Authority board of Directors. He was board president at the time of his death.