James Edward Poe was born 2/21/1935 in Garfield, AR, and died 9/26/2015
in Tulsa, after a valiant battle with brain cancer. Born during the depression,
he learned early in life that self-reliance was the key to success. He
came to Tulsa after graduation from high school in Seligman, MO, at age
17. He worked diligently at many jobs while attending the University of
Tulsa and the TU Law School and was both a minute clerk then bailiff for
then Judge Dale Briggs where he learned many lawyering skills from seasoned
Loyal and supportive to family, friends, and clients, Jim was steadfast
in his belief that the “American Way” was inclusive of the
Golden Rule. A gentleman from the old school, he believed his word was
his bond, and a handshake was more than a warm welcome.
During his 55 years of practice, Jim was a past president of the Tulsa
County Bar Association, which recognized him as Outstanding Senior Lawyer
and awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a charter member
of the TCBA Foundation.
He served previously as Board Member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and
was a recipient of the Neil E. Bogan Award for Professionalism, and was
a member and delegate of the American Bar Association. He served 26 years
on the board of the Oklahoma Attorneys Mutual Insurance Company. He was
a Sustaining Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. Some of his other
notable achievements were as a Fellow of the American College of Trial
Lawyers; Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates; Emeritus of
the American Inns of Court; and Master in Trials.
A former president of the TU Law Alumni , he received the Lifetime Achievement
in Law Award from the TU College of Law and is listed in their Hall of
Fame. He was recognized in all editions of Best Lawyers in America and
Jim served many civic and charitable organizations, notably nine years
on the Tulsa County Excise and Equalization Board, and Attorney Board
Member for the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma.
Preceded in death by his beloved son, Jon Mark Poe, his father and mother
Louie L. and Maude Banta Poe, siblings John Poe, Harold Poe, Betty Seaton
and Mary Leonard. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia Gattis
Poe, son Ed Poe and his wife Kate Debelack of Washington, D.C. and daughter,
Emily Poe van Eerten and her husband, Patrick, and their children, Darcy,
Renger, and Silke van Eerten of The Hague, Netherlands.
Services will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel at 10:00 a.m. Thursday,
October 1, 2015.