John “Johnny” Matthews Stover
John Matthews Stover, known as Johnny, passed away on January 12, 2019 in Columbia, SC. Johnny was born on January 25, 1938 in Lancaster, South Carolina. He was the son of John Claude Stover and Charlotte Matthews Stover.
Johnny is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret Bennett Stover; his three children, John Matthews Stover, Jr. and wife Ebie of Pawleys Island, SC, William Bennett Stover of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Emily Stover Walton and husband Bryan of Isle of Palms, SC.; seven grandchildren, Ryan Matthews Stover, John Bennett Stover, Evelyn Abigail Stover, William Bennett Stover, Jr., Ellen Margaret Stover, Goode Bryan Walton V and Henry Bailey Walton. Also surviving is his sister, Sallie Stover Amos and husband Mike of Irmo, SC.
Johnny was a graduate of Orangeburg High School and The University of South Carolina where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration in 1960. While attending USC, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
After graduation, Johnny joined the accounting firm C.C. McGregor & Company where he served as managing partner from 1984 until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of multiple professional organizations including President of the local CPA chapter, President of the South Carolina Association of CPAs, elected member of the Council of the American Institute of CPAs, Trustee of the Educational Foundation of the South Carolina Association of CPAs and member of the South Carolina Board of Accountancy, serving as Chairman from 1988-1990.
Johnny was actively involved in many community and civic organizations including President of Forest Acres Rotary Club, board member and prior Chairman of Carolina Children’s Home, board member of Sandhills Academy, treasurer and board member of Palmetto Baseball League, city board member of BB&T, treasurer and board member of the Episcopal Church Home in York, SC, board member of Ronald McDonald House, member of the board and finance committee of the South Carolina Archives and History Foundation.
Johnny faithfully served on the board of directors of Providence Hospital for 13 years, serving as Chairman from 1991 – 1993. He was also a member of the board and finance committee of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
Johnny was a devoted member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, having served on the vestry, chairman of the finance committee and treasurer of the Cathedral and Capital Gifts Campaign. He has served as treasurer of Trinity Episcopal Church, Edisto Island for the past 15 years. Johnny lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed spending time at his beloved Edisto, rocking on the front porch or having a hot dog at the Edisto Yacht Club. He also loved having lunch with The Romeo Club each week at Forest Lake Club and spending time at Progressive Fitness with his gym buddies.
A service for Mr. Stover will be held 3 o’clock, Thursday, January 17th at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral with burial in the Churchyard. A reception will follow at the residence of Bill and Mahalie Davies, 1641 Tanglewood Road, Columbia, SC 29204. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to The Trinity Foundation, 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or Trinity Episcopal Church of Edisto, 1589 SC-174, Edisto Island, SC 29438.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to his many healthcare providers and caregivers, especially Marie Wilson from Solutions at Still Hopes and longtime caregiver and friend, William Wilson.