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Charles Poe, brother of former Mayor William Poe, dies at 85

Charles Poe, who died at age 85, was active in business but also was known as a family man.

Charles Poe, who died at age 85, was active in business but also was known as a family man.

TAMPA — Retired business owner Charles Poe died Friday night at the age of 85, the day after the death of his brother, former Tampa Mayor William F. Poe Sr.

Charles Poe died of complications after breaking his hip about 10 days ago, said his daughter Lynn Reynolds, 56, of Tampa. William Poe, who served as mayor from 1974 to 1979, died Thursday at age 82 after an illness of several weeks.

The brothers were close, along with their sister, Doris Anderson, who lives in Georgia, said Charles Poe's other daughter, Jennifer Wolf, 53, of Tampa.

"They would do anything for each other," she said.

Charles Poe was born on Aug. 23, 1928, in Tampa. He attended Hillsborough High School and the University of Florida. He served in the Army during the Korean War and in 1974 bought a concrete company with locations across the Tampa Bay area.

His wife, Haven Poe, died in February of Alzheimer's disease at age 82. She served on the Tampa City Council from 1979 to 1986 and on the Hillsborough County Commission from 1986 to 1990. Charles Poe was always supportive of his wife's public service, his daughters said.

"He didn't want the attention. He was just so happy," Wolf said. "He loved Mom so much and wanted her to thrive and was proud of her."

Poe loved to fish, especially in freshwater, and owned the Greenswamp Fishing Lodge in Polk City, Reynolds said. They took trips around the country every summer with friends.

Poe was a member of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the Tampa Bay Builders Association, chairman of the Florida Concrete and Product Association, and an elder at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church. As a devoted father of two and grandfather of five, family always came first.

"He was at every dance recital and when we cheered, he was at every football game and basketball game," Reynolds said.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, 1309 W Swann Ave.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

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