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HISTORY OF STOVER FUNERAL HOME, INC.

The Stover Funeral Home was established in 1878 by Francis Marion Stover. The funeral home was first operated in connection with a cabinet shop and later in combination with a furniture store. Prior to Virginia licensing laws Francis M. Stover earned a diploma from the Massachusetts School of Embalming on December 5, 1895.

About 1910 Mr. Stover’s son, Frank Carson Stover, joined his father in the business and received his license under Virginia law on June 12, 1920. Shortly after this, due to his father’s health, Frank Stover took over the active management and in 1924 built a completely new funeral home, separated from the furniture store that was known as Stover & Stover Furniture. This structure housed the establishment until September 1973 at which time the addition and renovations were completed by Mr. Frank L. Kitchin, son-in-law of Frank C. Stover, and his wife, Madolyn S. Kitchin.

Mr. Kitchin joined the firm in 1936 and became manager in 1965. He retired in 1980 and in 1985 he and his wife, Madolyn Stover Kitchin sold the funeral home to Stanley & Patsy Morehead. Stanley Morehead graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in August 1975 and came from his family’s funeral home in Austinville, Virginia in 1977 and was named manager in 1978.

Stanley Morehead serves as president and his wife, Patsy serves as treasurer and secretary of the corporation. They continue to carry on the Stover family traditions by pledging to every family we serve our commitment of honesty and fairness in all our business operations. 

Thank you for allowing us to share the history of Stover Funeral Home, Inc. with you.

Stanley & Patsy Morehead

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