Morris Howard Poe, Jr.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Morris Howard Poe, Jr. (JR), 72, of Springfield, Missouri, passed suddenly on October 7, 2020. He was born on July 12, 1948, the son of Morris H. and Bessie A. (Bailey) Poe, both deceased, in Wheaton, Missouri, Barry County.

JR was a 1966 graduate of Wheaton High School. He attended Crowder Community College in Neosho, Missouri.

He was married to: Joyce Britton, Stacey Hawkes, and Diane Blevins.

JR served on the Missouri State Highway Patrol from 1969-1999 when he retired as a Sergeant. He was assigned to Jefferson City, Eldon, Mt. Vernon, Fayette and Montgomery City. He was a uniformed trooper for fifteen years followed by: Original member of Division of Drug and Crime Control narcotic investigator, coordinator of the Lake Area Narcotic Enforcement Group Task Force, and State Membership Chairman of the Missouri Narcotic Officers Association. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Jefferson City and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his children: Angela Poe-Walker (Thomas), Ashley Drewel (Ryan), Jason Poe, and Kelsi Poe; grandchildren Abigail, Justin and Patrick Rogers, Kadence and Hailey Drewel, and Iris Poe Hagen.

Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Houser-Millard Funeral Directors with Prayer Service beginning at 1:00 p.m. Inurnment will be held in Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter, Missouri on October 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that expressions of sympathy be made to Brain Injury Association of America, 3057 Nutley Street #805, Fairfax, Virginia 22031-1931.

Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109 (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left online for the family at