The caring and experienced professionals at Acly-Stover Funeral Home are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.
You are welcome to call us at (607) 936-9531 at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience. We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.
Acly-Stover Funeral Home has been a family-owned business for over 100 years in the Southern Tier.
Prior to becoming a family business, the residence of 325-327 East Second Street was owned and occupied by William T. Smith and his family. On November 4, 1918, Samuel John Stover Sr. purchased the residence from the Smith family. He then opened the house as a funeral home business known as Stover Funeral Home. He also established and operated an ambulance service with a transportation charge of $2.00.
In 1935, S. John Stover Jr. received his undertaker’s license and joined his father in the family business. On July 26, 1946, S. John Sr. and Jr. became partners in the funeral business. Together, father and son operated both businesses until the ambulance service was sold in 1953 and the death of S. John Sr. in 1963.
On June 23, 1972 Tropical Storm Agnes destroyed Corning. The funeral home was devastated from the flood. The Stover family was committed to rebuilding their lives and business.
S. John Jr. and his wife Doris, continued serving the community in the funeral business until March of 1985 when he sold his business to his long time associate, Avery W. Acly. In 1986 extensive renovations were made to the funeral home, which doubled it’s size and gave families a more home-like atmosphere.
In October of 1990, Angela joined her father, Avery, and together operated Stover Funeral Home. In 1994, a parking lot was added and the house next door was attached to the existing funeral home for additional room, making it the largest funeral home on the Southside. The “Acly” name was later added to the Funeral Home carrying on three generations of a locally owned and family operated business.