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Respected community and agriculture leader dies

Chairman of Joint Municipal Water & Sewer Commission, Former Mayor of Pelion, FFA Foundation Founder

Pelion, SC (Donna Peeler) - Frank R. Stover, aged 88, died on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Born in Kershaw County, South Carolina, Frank Stover was a 1951 graduate of what was then Clemson College with a B. S. Degree in Agricultural Education and a Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. After graduating from Clemson, he served as a platoon leader and commanding officer for the 3rd Armored Division during the Korean War. Following his military service to his country, Mr. Stover began his career of service to thousands of young men and women in agricultural education.

His career began in 1953 when he served as the Agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Pelion High School. Under his leadership, the Pelion FFA chapter was very active and received many awards for outstanding achievements. A highlight of his accomplishments was one of his students being selected as a National FFA Officer. At the time, he was only the third person from South Carolina ever to hold such an honor. In addition to his work with his students, Mr. Stover also believed that learning is a lifelong process. He established a strong community adult program through the Pelion Young Farmer Chapter. The chapter was very active and its members received many awards and provided valuable services in the community.

In 1965, Mr. Stover was hired by the Office of Vocational Education, SC Department of Education to serve as ExecutiveSecretary for the SC Association of Future Farmers of America and the SC Association of Young Farmers of America. In 1969, Mr. Stover was promoted to the position of State Supervisor of Agricultural Education and Advisor for the SC Association of Future Farmers of America and the SC Young Farmers of America. He served in this capacity until retiring in 1984. During his tenure as State Supervisor he served on several national boards.

Perhaps Mr. Stover's most noted accomplishment occurred near the end of his distinguished professional career. It was at that time that Mr. Stover realized the need to establish the SC FFA Foundation, which would serve to seek and manage funds to support the South Carolina FFA Association. As a result of his leadership and foresight, it was in 1975 that Mr. Stover began the process of forming and chartering the South Carolina FFA Foundation. Bylaws for the South Carolina FFA Foundation were adopted in 1985 and Mr. Stover was named as the Executive Director I Treasurer of the newly created SC FFA Foundation.

Mr. Stover realized his responsibility as a citizen and a member of the Pelion Community where he and his late wife Betty, had been residents since 1953. It is in Pelion where they raised their family which consists of two daughters, Joyce and Ann Marie and a son, Frank, Jr.

Mr. Stover served as mayor of the town of Pelion from 1993 - 1999. In addition, both he and Betty helped organize the SC Pelion Peanut Party. He has also served on the Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission since 1994 and has been chairman since 2012.

Mr. Stover has been active in the local Ruritan Club where he held leadership roles. Mr. Stover was presented the Order of the Palmetto in June, 2012, the highest honor given to a civilian in South Carolina by Governor Nikki R. Haley.

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Stover will soon be announced.

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