“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Eldon Ray Stover, 76 of Beckley passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 amidst a courageous battle with COVID-19. Eldon is preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Bertha M. Stover, and sister Ramona Dillon. Those left to cherish his memory include; his wife of 53 years, Myra Joyce Stover and their canine companion, Marley; a devoted son, Kevin Stover and wife Sarah of Daniels; a beloved daughter, Nissa Ferrebee and husband Chuck of Beckley; Eldon’s legacy will live on with five adoring grandchildren: Lydia Cox and husband Kevin from Stanaford; Samantha Wood and husband Nate from Daniels; Tony Stover and companion Mary Higgins of Beckley; Cole Honaker and Austin Stover both of Daniels; Eldon was blessed with four amazing great-grandchildren: Kayleigh and Landon Meadows and Ryan-Paige and Jase Wood; a loving sister, Wanda Bolen and husband Paul of Pineyview; a nephew Garland Dillon and wife Diana of Sandlick; and a niece, Ann Acord and husband Kevin of Stokesdale NC.
A veteran of the Armed Forces, Eldon was a E5 Buck Sargent in the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. He gave 30 years to Maple Meadow Mining, located in Fairdale WV. He continued to provide for his family while working the remainder of his career, 15 years, at Morris Coker, before settling into retirement. Throughout his life Eldon was a devoted husband and father. Eldon’s hobbies included coaching baseball at Beckley Babe Ruth, hunting and watching Nascar’s, especially the legendary #3. His greatest past time was watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play various sports throughout the years. He was often seen setting in the bleachers or in a nearby chair, cheering for his children with devoted pride. With his tough exterior and gentle heart, Eldon touched many lives over the years and was not only loved dearly by his family, but by many who came to know him.
In honoring his life, services will be held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Melton Mortuary at 12 pm. Visitation is from 11 am - 12pm. Acknowledgement of his selfless service, to the United States of America, Eldon will receive a Military send off. Family and friends are invited to attend. Following the service, Eldon will go to his final resting place in Creamery, WV. For those attending services, masks and social distancing are required.
Words of comfort may be offered to the family at www.meltonmortuary.com Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center have the honor of serving the family.
“To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
But to the happy I am at peace and to the faithful I have never left.
Remember me in your hearts, in your thoughts, on the playing field, or in the woods,
and in those moments, there I am with you, always.”
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