Robert Franklin Poe, III, 69, of Gould, died on January 18, 2019 at UAMS.

He attended Dermott Public Schools and received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from University of Arkansas Monticello.

In his early career, Mr. Poe coached football at Dumas, Dermott, and Strong and is still affectionately known as “Coach” by many of his peers. He later traveled the country as a pipe fitter and welder and eventually retired from Potlatch Corp. in 2008. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Gould. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed watching all sports, especially the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Mr. Poe was born Dec. 28, 1949 in Beaumont, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father, the late Robert Franklin Poe, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Steed Poe; his mother, Marguerite Fern Poe of Selma; a son, Robert F. (Dustin) Poe IV., and a stepson, Joseph R. (Jody) Hardin, Jr.; two brothers, Toby and Michael Poe; sisters-in-law, Celena Poe, Paulette Smith, Beth Foster, Brenda Steed; brothers-in-law, Rick Steed and Dr. Joel Foster; a grand-daughter, Sara Jo Hardin of Ft. Smith, and numerous extended family and friends.

A funeral service will be held Monday, January 21 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Gould. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Trinity Cemetery in Crigler.

Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Gould or American Cancer Society.