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Originally published: 2013-12-26 12:54:54
Last modified: 2013-12-26 13:54:12

Stephen Van Poe

Stephen Van Poe, 56, of The Meadows, Boone, passed away Monday evening, Dec. 23, 2013.

Stephen was born Aug. 27, 1957, in Watauga County. A loving husband and father, he always enjoyed travel, boating, skiing and golfing with his family. He was very successful as a businessman and entrepreneur. Stephen owned and operated Stephens Auto Mart in Lenoir. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hickory.

Surviving are his wife, Denise Miller Poe; his children, Stephanie Poe Durham and husband, Robert, of Hickory, Christopher Poe of Huntersville, and Brittney Poe of Boone; one stepgrandson, Robert Alexander Durham Jr. of Hickory; his parents, Robert and Mary Frank Gragg Poe of Boone; sister, Mari Poe Lesniak and husband, Miroslaw, of Fayetteville; brother, Robert Bradley Poe of High Point; niece, Lela Lesniak of Fayetteville; sisters-in-law, Diane Fletcher and husband, Bob, of Cary, Darlene Risk and husband, David, of Boone, and Dorene Branton, and husband, Marty, of Burnsville; and brother-in-law, Walter Miller and wife, Shirley, of Boone. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel officiated by the Rev. Phillip Reynolds.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to services at Austin & Barnes. Entombment will be private.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215-3220.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at the website

Austin and Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Poe family.