Updated: Aug 10
The streets of heaven shine a little brighter this week thanks to the sweet, infectious smile of Mrs. Annabelle Poe. Surrounded by her family and friends, Annabelle moved on to her heavenly home on Tuesday, August 3rd at Johnston Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.
The daughter of Troy Phillip Johnson, Sr. and Nelle Andrews Johnson, Annabelle Johnson Poe was born February 27, 1941 and spent her whole life in Washington County, Virginia. She was a devoted wife to her husband of 58 years, Boyd Poe and a loving mother to her two children, Roger and Jennifer. She always went above and beyond to make sure they knew and felt her love each day. Full of feisty spunk and personality, she brightened the lives of everyone she met, and she was always eager to share a story and laugh with those she held dear.
While you would usually find her tending to her flowers or working a crossword puzzle in her favorite chair, her greatest joys in life were her family and her love for the Lord. Working with students and staff in the cafeteria at Abingdon High School, Rhea Valley Elementary and Watauga Elementary brought her such joy and she always spoke fondly of her time spent there. Many will always remember Mrs. Annabelle from her days at Food City where she developed lifelong friends with her sassy attitude and sense of humor that kept everyone entertained.
In addition to her parents, Annabelle was preceded in death by two brothers, Troy Phillip Johnson, Jr and Johnny Edwards Johnson and two sisters, Loretta Warren all of Abingdon and Judith “Judy” Estelle Bowman of Central Point, Oregon.
She is survived by her husband Boyd, her son Roger Poe (Kellie Halsey) who she affectionately referred to as her favorite son, and her daughter Jennifer Poe Norris (Roger Norris) who she affectionately referred to as her favorite daughter, one sister, Shelby Miller of Roseburg, Oregon and several nieces. Annabelle also leaves behind many cherished family members and close friends who she loved dearly.
A graveside service to honor the life of Mrs. Annabelle Poe will be held at Holston Valley Baptist Church Cemetery on Friday, August 13 at 11 o’clock with Pastor Gary Harless officiating. Those wishing to attend are asked to gather at the cemetery by 10:45 AM. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation for all of the thoughts, prayers and acts of kindness during this difficult time.