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Devere W. "Smokey" Stover Sr., 62, founder of Smokey's on the Spot in Marilla, died Thursday (Feb. 22, 2001) in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Albion, Pa., he moved to theElma-Marilla area at a young age. In 1976, he opened Smokey's on the Spot, a tractor-trailer repair business, and operated it until 1992, when it was taken over by his son Daniel.

A mentor to many in the trucking business, Stover also worked as a part-time mechanic for Battaglia Trucking from 1976 to 1992.

Stover was a member of the American Motorcycle Association and was vice president of the Western New York Enduor Riders Association.

He also was a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was a member of Java Village Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Carol J. Comstock; two daughters, Jacqueline Resto of Buffalo and Shannon Radder of Mission Viejo, Calif.; four sons, Devere W. Jr., Daniel and Daryl, all of Marilla, and Donald C. of Orchard Park; a brother, Charles G. of Buffalo; 16 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services were held today in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, Elma. Burial was in Marilla Cemetery, Marilla.

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