Martha Viola Dover

Martha Viola Dover

Martha Viola Dover, 98, of Grand Chain, died at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis.

She was born on May 21, 1924, in Pulaski, the daughter of Mattie and Olin Curry. 

She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was a woman of deep Christian faith and one of the founding members of the Living Hope Fellowship Church.

Martha and Jasper C. Dover (deceased) were united in marriage on May 11, 1946, in a wedding gown made from a silk parachute JC brought back from the Pacific at the end of World War II. 

Together, they operated Dover’s Lumber Company in Grand Chain for many years.

Martha and JC were married for 47 years and were blessed with four children, Michael Dover (Phyllis), Nicky Dover (Lisa), Becky Banks (Frankie) deceased and Kent Dover (Beth); seven grandchildren, Keith Dover (Kelly), Kerri Henry (Jason), Brian Banks (Jada), Whitney Nicholes (Marty), Jamie Travis (Al), Jonathon Dover (Kristie) and Alex Dover (Lindsey); 14 great-grandchildren, Kalli Farthing (Aaron), Kameron Dover (Abigail), Kayden Dover, Jack Henry, Logan Reed (Shelby), Hailey Banks, Chase Banks, Cooper Banks, Frankie Leigh Nicholes, Quincy Nicholes, Addi Dover, Gavin Dover, Rachel Dover (deceased) and Sarah Dover; and two great-great-grandchildren Bellamie Reid and Arya Banks.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services honoring the life of Mrs. Martha Viola Dover were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Living Hope Fellowship Church near Karnak. The Rev. Kevin Badgley officiated.

Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery in Grand Chain.

Memorials can be made to the Living Hope Fellowship School.

To leave an online message with the family or to share a memory, visit 

Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak was in charge of arrangements.


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