Stoner, Fred T., Sr.(born: 1908 - died: 1981) In 1960, Fred T. Stoner, Sr. was the first African American to be named to the Kentucky Boxing Commission. Stoner was a boxing trainer in Louisville, KY for Cassius M. Clay [Muhammad Ali], Rudell Stitch, and other lesser-known boxers.
In addition to being a trainer, Stoner was a barber, according to his listing in the 1939-40 Caron's Louisville (Kentucky) City Directory.
Stoner died in Jeffersonville, IN, on November 1, 1981 and is buried in Louisville Cemetery [source: Indiana Death Certificate #81-046956].
For more see "Another first," Los Angeles Sentinel, 3/03/1960, p. C6; "Kentucky Boxing Commission selects first Negro," Jet, 3/17/1960; and "Fred T. Stoner, obituary, in The Des Moines Register, 11/30/1981, p. 11.