Hoover Recognized For Bowling Achievements
Renowned for his deep singing voice and his jovial manner, which aptly made him Fulton County's top portrayer of Santa Claus, the late Stephen M. Hoover of McConnellsburg was most recently recognized for his bowling achievements within the realms of the Franklin County USBC Bowling Association.
As part of their annual awards banquet and meeting held May 2, officers, directors and members of the Franklin County USBC Bowling Association honored Hoover, who "bowled his last frame" and passed away on October 18, 2008.
"In its long history, the Franklin County USBC Bowling Association has had many, many colorful characters. Perhaps the most colorful member of all time is being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year," said association President Brian Hann in inducting Hoover into the association's Hall of Fame for 2008.
"Throughout his life, he lived to bring smiles to the faces of people. Whether he was shaping young lives as a teacher at the Central Fulton School District or making a large cone of ice cream for a patron at his restaurant, The Jolly Farmer," added Hann.
Hann also pointed out to those in attendance Hoover was the proprietor of Steve-N-Al Lanes in McConnellsburg.
"He was an avid bowler competing in the TGIF Mixed League at Nellie Fox Bowl and the Lincoln Industrial League at Lincoln Lanes. He competed in every tournament the association had to offer as well as the state tournament each year," noted Hann.
In addition to his love of people and bowling, Hoover was also a member of the gospel singing group known as Blessed Friends and the St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Hoover's wife, Linda, was presented with a plaque detailing Steve's accomplishments with the bowling association.