Dr. Joe Thomas Poe, a veteran with 53 years of both active and post-retirement service in the Baptist Spanish Publishing House as a writer, editor, publisher and administrator passed from this life into the presence of the Lord on January 7, 2015. Dr. Poe and his wife, Eleanor, were missionaries in Chile for several years before being transferred to El Paso, Texas, where he distinguished himself in various roles including that of General Director from December 1992-December 1997. After retirement, Dr. Poe continued to work as a volunteer editor and valuable resource of multifaceted expertise and energetic accomplishments until just prior to his passing.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eleanor Poe, his three children: Dr. Jan Poe Whitt, Mr. Jerry Poe and Mrs. Joyce Poe Height; two grandchildren: Daniel Yawakia and Danielle Kristen Poe; two great grandsons; and several nephews, nieces and cousins. A celebration service was held in El Paso, Texas on January 13, with burial following in Cisco, Texas.
The BSPH has lost a beloved member of the publishing house family, and we thank God for his immensely valuable and selfless service through the years.