Michael (Mike) W. Poore, of Christiansburg, Va., passed away at his residence on Feb. 16, 2009 surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Pulaski on Dec. 31, 1954, he was the son of Ruby K. Poore and the late Jesse Junior Poore. Surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Sheri Poore and nephews, Luke and Seth of Roanoke. Celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day, Mike is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Julie Gray Poore. Also surviving are his much loved daughters, Michelle Poore of Washington, DC., Jessica Poore of Warrenton, Va., and Megan Poore of Pulaski. He is also survived by his step sons Eric E. Hoback and his fiance’, Christie Newman and B. Todd Hoback and wife Marty. He was “grand-poo” to his special beloved granddaughters, Emily and Ella Hoback and special boys, Caleb and Shane Perfater. Also surviving are Mike’s aunts, Edith McNeely of Akron, Indiana; Bonnie Harner of Hampstead, Md., Betty Buckner of Pulaski; and Carol Harrell of Dublin. Surviving uncles are Hubert D. King, Sr., of Marion, Va., Don Poore of Pulaski; Jack Poore of Walland, Tenn., and William Poore of Tallahassee, Fl. and families. He was the loving son-in-law of Grayson (Danny) and Estlee Gray. Brothers-in-law and wives are David and Pat Worrell of Draper, Va., Wayne and Saundra Gray, Kenneth and Joyce Gray, all of Pulaski. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mike graduated from Pulaski High School, New River Community College and Virginia Tech. He was a loyal and dedicated employee of American Electric Power (Appalachian) for 31 years. Mike had many interests, he liked hunting and spending time outdoors with his beloved brittany spaniel, Molly. He was an avid game player and loved to travel. Cooking, golf, and movies were also among his many interests. He was a member of the Pulaski Elks Cub and Round Meadows Country Club, past member of Thornspring Country Club and the Pulaski Jaycees. He was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Pulaski, where he held various positions.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home, Randolph Avenue, Pulaski, Va. Services will be held at Stevens Funeral Chapel on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Thornspring Cemetery, Pulaski. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of one’s choice. Mike was a friend to all who knew him and will be missed by many. Mike’s family wishes to express their sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbors for all their kindness and sympathy during the illness and death of their beloved husband and father, Mike Poore.