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J.W. Poe, 95

 Dry Ridge resident J.W. Poe died Tuesday, March 21, at Knight’s Personal Care in Williamstown. He was 95.
Mr. Poe was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and served with the 3rd Emergency Rescue Squadron during World War II.
He earned a masters degree in agronomy in 1957 from the University of Kentucky and worked as U.K. Extension Agriculture Agent in Breathitt and Gallatin Counties before retiring in 1980.
He was a member of the Dry Ridge Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
He received many honors during his career, including the Distinguished Service Award from National Association of County Agricultural Agents in 1960, the Meritorious Service Award in 1975, and the Northern Kentucky Distinguished Alumnus Award from Alpha Kappa Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi in 1984, the National Honorary Extension fraternity.
He was past president of the Jackson Kiwanis Club and past vice president of the Warsaw Lions Club and past president of the Kentucky Association of County Agricultural Agents.
He is survived by two sisters-in-law, Ruth Ann Bateman of Indiana, and Ethel Thornton of Crescent Springs; one brother-in-law, Louis Thornton of Ohio; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mary Lawton (Thornton) Poe, in 2011.
Visitation was held Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home in Williamstown. The funeral service was conducted immediately following visitation. Burial was at Owenton IOOF Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Dry Ridge Baptist Church or the Gallatin County 4H Camp Scholarship Fund.

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