John David Poe

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STANTON - John David Poe, 72 of Stanton, died May 29, 2018, in Ruidoso, NM. Funeral services were June 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton. Burial followed in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service were Rusty O’Donnell, Ryan O’Donnell, Ricky O’Donnell, Hagan O’Donnell, Logan Dunn, Brad Grable and Ulen North. Honorary pallbearers were John Boyd, Don Rogers, Alvin Bolton, Byron Hedges, Bud Gillespie and Teddy Stewart. He was born July 18, 1945, to John David Poe, Sr. and Eleanor Houston Poe in Stanton. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton and regularly attended St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Midland. His passion was ranching as well as raising and racing race horses. He was associated with several different jockey clubs including the one in Ruidoso, NM. He loved country swing music and could wear the polish off the dance floor. He was soft hearted and would never pass up the opportunity to help a stranger in need. His humor and laugh would fill any room he was in, and will be missed by everyone who knew him. He is survived by his sons Rusty O’Donnell and wife Cynthia of Stanton, and Ricky O’Donnell of Stanton; sister Suzanna Poe of Stanton; five grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and great friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John David Poe, Sr. and Eleanor Houston Poe, grandparents John and Ann Bettie Maude Poe and Alonso R. and Anna Mae Houston wife Yvonne Poe and son Robert O’Donnell. Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home in Stanton. Online condolences may be made at

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