Jimmy William Poe, 81
Funeral services for Jimmy William Poe, 81, of Pontiac were held Sept. 1, 2018, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Dale Roberts officiating. Mr. Poe died peacefully on Aug. 29 at Gainesville Health Care Center after a brief illness.
He was born May 16, 1937, in Udall, the son of Cleo and Pearlie Poe.
He graduated from GHS in 1954 and then worked two years for the Mobil Oil Company in Wichita, Kansas. In 1956, Mr. Poe, along with his dad and brother, operated the first DX Service Station in Wichita. He was extremely proud to have been a part of this venture.
After his time in Wichita, he served six years in the Missouri National Guard.
In 1960, Edward Stith gave Mr. Poe the opportunity to work for his trucking company in Kansas City. He took that opportunity and ran with it, working for Chief Freight Lines for 21 years. He loved being a truck driver and worked hard earning a superior reputation in the trucking business.
In 1960, he married Anna “Perky” Lee, often referring to her as the love of his life. From 1967 to 1981, they lived in Independence, where they raised their two daughters and gave them a wonderful childhood.
In 1981, the Poes returned to Gainesville. Mr. Poe worked for Guy King & Sons and Mountain Home Ready Mix until he retired in 1998.
He was a good and kind Christian man. He loved his girls with all his heart, and they considered him the best dad in the world. He always had a smile on his face and loved to talk. He was Hank Williams Sr.’s biggest fan and nothing made him happier then to listen to a Hank record. Mr. Poe loved to play music and would spend hours just playing his guitar and singing. He thought his two granddaughters hung the moon. Nothing made him happier than spending time with his family. He was a country boy who loved the simple life.
The Poes attended the First Christian Church in Gainesville and looked forward to attending church on Sundays.
Mr. Poe is survived by two daughters, Tawna Poe and Deanna Haupert of Nashville; two granddaughters, Ryle Haupert and Kelsey Haupert; a brother, Bernie Poe; and a host of nieces, nephews and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Perky Poe; one sister, Vanita Poe Davenport; and an infant son Jarrett William Poe.
Burial was in the Pontiac Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pontiac Cemetery.
Arrangements by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville.