Mr. Thomas Eugene “Tom” Poe, age 89, of Rome, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2018, at his
Mr. Poe was born in Leeds, AL on April 11, 1929, son of the late James Acton Poe and the late
Essie Weems Poe. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Marcella Reaves, and by 5 brothers,
Leon, Donald, Harold, Charles, and James Edwin Poe.
Mr. Poe was a graduate of Berry High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Berry
College. He continued his education at Western Carolina University where he received his Master’s of
Education and at the University of Georgia, completing his Ed. Spec. Degree. Mr. Poe taught at Rabun
Gap Nacoochee School for 6 years and then at East Rome High School. In 1971, he was awarded the
Laureate Citation from the Epsilon Pi Tau professional fraternity for research that led to a federal grant to
construct the Rome-Floyd Technical High School, now the Floyd County Schools College and Career
Academy. He served as Principal there and retired following many years of leadership. He continued
his relationship with Berry College and served as a Trustee for the Fred H. Loveday and James N. Luton,
Sr. endowed scholarships. Mr. Poe and his wife, Ollie, made history in 2012 when Berry College
honored them as the first couple to receive the Charter Fellows Award for Outstanding Service to the
Profession of Teaching. He was a former President of the Georgia Industrial Arts Association and a
former Vice-President of the Vocational Education Association of Georgia. Mr. Poe was active in the
Carpenters for Christ and was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Lindale, where he served
as a Deacon and in many leadership roles in the church ministries.
Survivors include his wife, the former Ollie Hodge, to whom he was married on November 21,
1951; his daughter, Sheila Poe Love (Bob), Kathleen, GA; 3 grandchildren, Bowen Love, Henrico, VA,
Stephen Love (Stephanie), Kathleen, GA, and Blake Love (Rebecca), Kennesaw, GA; 5 great
grandchildren, Brody Poe Love, Everly Love, and Beckett Love, all of Kennesaw, Jace Love and
Genevieve Love, both of Kathleen, GA; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 2pm in the Chapel at
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Bob Skelton will officiate with Mr. Rex
Puckett delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday
from 12 noon until the service hour.
Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on
Wednesday at 1:30pm and include: Sandy Atkins, Rex Puckett, Jeff Davis, Lynn Popham, Charlie
Gilbreath, Terry Brandin, and Danny Wiseman.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.