William Edward Poe, Jr. (Eddie)

August 9, 2018

CHARLOTTE - William Edward Poe, Jr. (Eddie), 68, died Thursday, August 9, 2018 surrounded by his family at Carolinas Medical Center following complications from leukemia.

Eddie was born on October 5, 1949 in Boston, Massachusetts to William E. Poe and Mary Virginia Warren Poe and grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eddie graduated from Myers Park High School, where he served as president of the student government association during his senior year and played varsity basketball and baseball. He received his Bachelor of Arts (1971) and Juris Doctor (1974) from Wake Forest University. In 1994, he completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. Following his graduation from law school, Eddie worked in the legal department at Duke Power, now Duke Energy Corporation, for 25 years, where he served as Deputy General Counsel. In 1999, he joined Parker Poe, Adams and Bernstein as a litigator practicing regulatory and energy law. Throughout his career, he served in numerous leadership positions in the legal community, including Parker Poe’s Board of Directors, the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors and Corporate Counsel Section (Chair), the Edison Electric Institute Legal Committee, the  TerraLex Energy Environmental Practice Group, and the American Bar Association Public Utilities Section. He also gave generously of his time through pro bono legal work for the Mecklenburg County Bar.

Eddie was a devoted member of Trinity Presbyterian Church since 1975. He served tirelessly in many capacities, including as an Elder for 15 years, Clerk of the Session, Chair of the Executive Committee, as well as a member of the Worship, Personnel, Stewardship, Christian Education and Finance Committees. He also taught Sunday School for a number of years. 

Additionally, Eddie was a paragon of servant leadership and civic responsibility exemplified through his involvement with multiple community organizations. He served on the Land Acquisition and Executive Committees of the Board of Directors for the Catawba Lands Conservancy. Through his involvement with Catawba Lands, he crafted legislation that provides legal protection for conserved lands at risk of condemnation in North Carolina. For his efforts, he was named the 2009 North Carolina Land Trust Volunteer Conservationist of the Year. In addition, he served on boards at Queens University of Charlotte, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Sharon Towers, the Arts & Science Council, and the United Way of Central Carolinas. At Myers Park Country Club, he was on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors from 2014-2018 and served as Club President for 2017.

Eddie took great pleasure in supporting young people in their professional development, giving freely of his energy, time, and wisdom. In leadership roles, his clarity of vision helped many an organization find their way forward. He also supported family and friends in times of need with his unfailing loyalty, gentleness, and courage. True to form, he maintained a positive attitude throughout his illness and numerous hospitalizations refusing to be defined by his disease.  

He lived a full life, enriched by his wide range of interests. Eddie was deeply curious, innately diplomatic, and met all domains of his life – intellectual, athletic, spiritual, civic, family, and social – with full engagement. From his book club to the “Early Morning Workout Crew” at MPCC, from his nuclear family to his faith family at Trinity and the greater Charlotte community, Eddie’s wisdom, graciousness, steadying presence, and sense of humor lifted the esprit de corps of those around him and made him the de jure or de facto leader of the groups of which he was a part. He will be dearly missed, but there is immense gratitude for the example he set.

Eddie is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joyce McLain Poe; his daughter, Amy Alderman Poe and Nick Nguyen; his son, William Edward Poe, III and wife, Lillian Brown; one grandchild, William Elliott; his four brothers and their spouses, Stephen D. and Jane Poe, Kenneth W. and Joy Poe, Richard S. and Kathy Poe, Michael D. and Pam Poe, and sister, Anne, and husband, Ed Matthews.

The family wishes to express special thanks to the Early Morning Workout Crew, friends and neighbors, and members of the Parker Poe Family, who have provided unfailing encouragement and support. 

A worship service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018. The family will receive friends following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Catawba Lands Conservancy, 4530 Park Road, Suite 420 Charlotte, NC 28209, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211, or the YWCA Central Carolinas, 3420 Park Road Charlotte, NC 28209.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.



Share your memories & condolences


  • Matt Ramsey

    Joyce, I am so saddened to hear the news. Fortunately I was able to spend an afternoon with Eddie last year. Our friendship never missed a second. I know he is in the presence of Christ! Much love to you and the family. Matt Ramsey

  • Alex Barrett

    Dear Poe Family,
    I was surprised and very saddened to learn a short while ago of Eddie's death. I knew him best from his time at Duke and well remember how much I enjoyed working with him and getting to know him. I recall Eddie having parted me from a few dollars on the golf course a time or two!
    I give thanks today for his life. With many others, I send along my deepest sympathies and condolences.


    Alex Barrett

  • Ken Gepfert

    I was privileged to observe Eddie’s always insightful thoughts and wide-ranging interests during our Weakly Reader Book Club. Though I’m a relative new member of a group that has been together for years, Eddie was always welcoming and I quickly learned of the respect and love for Eddie from everyone in the room. My deepest condolences to his family.

  • Kyle and Tim Mulligan

    Dear Poes,

    There are no sufficient words to express our sadness at the loss of Eddie. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts.

  • Shannon Wightman-Girard

    Dear Poe Family,
    I am so sorry I was unable to stay to speak with each of you personally at the service today. Mr. Poe was a true mentor and friend to me, always there with a smile and enlightening thought to share. While he is now in a better place without disease or pain, the loss of his kind spirit on this earth is felt deeply by all who knew him.
    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. He will be greatly missed.

  • Wayne Gaskin

    Ken, I can't express through words my feelings of condolence for your loss.
    I have just one sister, and I can only grasp at straws as to how I would put in words how that separation would impact me.
    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you begin to cope with, and go through, this transition in your life.
    If I can ever be of support in any manner, I am, and have always been here to supply that revered opportunity.

  • Steve Fletcher

    Eddie was a great man who always made those around him feel special. In addition to being a brilliant lawyer and colleague to his partners at Parker Poe, Eddie was a great friend to anyone on the administrative support teams, often stopping by just to say hello. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this great man.

  • Bruce Page

    A wonderful man. so much to celebrate. Some losses are especially jolting because there is a real hole to fill! Prayers for all of us who loved and respected him.

  • Melvin & Anita McIntosh

    Ken, Rick, and family: we were sorry to hear about the death of Eddie, and pray that God's greatest comfort will be with all the family during these days. Melvin's brother, also named Edward, died recently following complications from Leukemia, so we know something of what you are going through. We hope to see you at the Service for Eddie.

  • Michelle Doggett

    Dear Ken and Joy,
    I am so sorry for your loss. On Saturday, when I saw you; you were a true professional; helping a family in your warm, efficient way.
    We are thinking of you and your family.
    Michelle and George Doggett

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