Gary High School 1914-1978

The Coaldigger




WILCOE —  “I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.” Mary Ann Poff, age 82, of Route 5 Box 437 (Bluewell), Bluefield, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2011 at a Bluefield Regional Medical Center. She was a loving mother and wife. Born on July 29, 1929 in Wilcoe, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Ruth Wiles Scott. Mary Ann was a 1947 graduate of Gary High School. She later worked in the company store in Wilcoe, where she met the love of her life, the late Harless “Hambone” Poff. The two were married and moved to Bluewell. Mary Ann continued to serve the public by working at the J.C. Penney Company in Bluefield until long-term illnesses forced her to retire. She was a lifelong member of the Bluewell United Methodist Church and the Loyalettes Sunday School Class. She also sang in the church choir and was a prayer line member. 

Survivors: Daughter, Linda Poff of Bluewell with whom she made her home; sister-in-law, Helen Williams of Bluewell; nephews, David Williams and wife Kathy of Beaufort, S.C., Phillip Williams and wife Paula of Duluth, Ga.; niece, Sue Ellen Hatcher and husband Bill of Princeton; cousin, Karen Alley and husband Al of Penn Laird, Va.; extra special caregivers, Liz Sexton of Bluewell, Grace Conley of Montcalm; extraordinary loving dog, “Sammy.”

Cryptside services will be held on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Woodlawn Mausoleum in Bluewell with the Reverend Steve Rector and the Reverend D. Homer Stuart officiating. Entombment will follow. Friends may call on Monday morning from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Bluewell United Methodist Church, Rt. 4 Box 541, Bluefield, WV 24701. Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the family.