The passing of my friend

I received a text message last night that told me of the passing of Bobby W. Poe. Most of you reading this do not know the man, but I did. He is the first person I remember in life who was not a part of my immediate family. What I mean is that I cannot think of a person I have known longer than Bobby — I have known him for more than 59 years.

Bobby is the dad to our ministry colleague, Andy Poe who did not come on this project because of the rapidly declining health of his dad. We first met when I was around 2 years old, in the church our families attended. Bobby had taught Sunday School in our small country church, served as a Deacon, and just about everything else. He was certainly a pillar of that church.

My dad and Bobby had known each other for life. Although Dad was 10 years Bobby’s senior their family farms were very near to each other and as was the case back then, all people were really neighbors. Bobby had served in the navy like my dad, but after his initial 4 years or so he got out and went to work for the RailRoad where he retired. As a part of his work with the railroads, he was assigned to work in Fuquay-Varina, NC. The Depot in this small town was on my commuting road to college and I stopped my motorcycle by 3 or 4 mornings per week to visit with Bobby and have a cup of his “navy coffee” early on those mornings. Those are certainly fond memories.

A few years later I was called by the church where Bobby and his family attended to serve as their pastor. This was my first church and people like Bobby were gracious and kind to forgive me of all my mistakes and help mold and make me into the person I am today.

Over the past 20 years or so I have stopped by to visit with Bobby and his wife Liz nearly every time I was in the area. I tried to call him on his birthdays, but I regret not visiting more, but I’m extremely grateful for having known and loved Bobby Poe. I know that he loved me too. He was a faithful supported of our ministry around the world.

Bobby leaves behind his wife Liz, sons Andy, Robby, and Jeff. The assurance I have is I know that Bobby loved Jesus and is at home in heaven now. All of our team in Ghana joins me in praying for the family as they journey through this loss, but our prayer is that they would remember

“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather
be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
—2 Corinthians 5:6, 8 ESV

For the team … Roy


  1. Kendra Cooke on September 28, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Sorry for your loss Roy, but we know you will see him again! I love this story of faith and friendship! Be blessed!

  2. Amy Jo McCranie on September 28, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Praise God for Bobby’s testimony
    Praise God for all the seeds he planted.
    May God comfort all those who mourn his passing
    Psalm 34:18❤️

  3. Karen on September 28, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    How sweet and blessed for the relationship you had with Bobby. This picture shows what a wonderful soul he was. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, comfort daily with family close by and amazing memories to cherish and share, as they celebrate Bobby’s life. Looking forward to meetIng Bobby in Heaven when HE decides it is my time to join him. Hugs

  4. EJ Underwood on September 30, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Roy, it is so good to remember people that helped us grow as a child and adult to mold us into who we are today. I believe it is our duty to be a mentor and encourager to younger people that we influence. It is interesting to realize that often times they didn’t realize how important they have been to us. May God comfort you in your loss.

  5. Jeff Poe on October 1, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Thanks Roy. Him and my family love you and your family and have always been blessed to know you and to have had you all in our life.

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