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Floyd Poore dies at 83, long-time family practice physician, politician; former Sec. of Transportation

Floyd G. Poore, 83, long-time family practice physician in Northern Kentucky and former Secretary of Transportation, passed away peacefully on January 26 at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood.

Floyd Poore

Poore was a well-known figure in NKY, a popular physician who became active in politics. He ran for Governor and served as Secretary of Transportation for Gov. Martha Layne Collins.

He is the father of state Rep. Kim Poore Moser.

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said of Floyd Poore:
“Dr. Floyd Poore saw such great potential in Kentucky, and he was ready to put in the hard work to achieve it. As a dedicated physician and public servant, he answered the call to lead in Frankfort and Northern Kentucky. Floyd’s greatest legacy will be his children, whom he inspired to join the next generation of leaders tackling our Commonwealth’s most pressing challenges.
“Elaine and I will keep Floyd’s family in our prayers. Our condolences to all who had the privilege to know him.”

He was born at home in Flingsville, Kentucky on August 25, 1937 to Gliden Juett “G.J.” and Pearl (Harris) Poore. The Poore family was involved in the farming and trucking industry. He graduated from Williamstown High School in 1955, Georgetown College in 1958, and the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1962.

Floyd Poore

Poore was a devoted husband to Margaret “Margie” Poore who died in 2017 after a long battle with cancer. The two were a devoted couple who loved traveling in their converted bus motorhome and spent winters in Naples, FL. Together they lived life fully and “touched all the bases.” They were married 45 years.

Dr. Poore is survived by children Kimberly (Dr. Neal) Moser, Wendy (Dr. Nausher) Burki, Robin Durepo, Kristi (Jeff) Nelson, Richard (Rachel) Poore, and Douglas (Stephanie) Poore, fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Poore co-founded Florence Medical Arts in 1963 and practiced medicine for 55 years, caring for countless patients. He delivered over 2,000 babies and mentored many future physicians.

He was a member of the Florence Rotary Club, and the Lions Club and served on the Florence YMCA and Georgetown College boards of trustees.

He was also a co-founder of Boone Aire Golf and Country Club and was a land developer and entrepreneur.

Floyd Poore (Photos from Kenton County Public Library)

Funeral services are private (immediate family only). Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home in Florence is assisting the family of Dr. Poore.

A celebration of life will be held at Triple Crown Country Club at later date.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made in memory of Dr. Floyd Poore to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, The Salvation Army at give.salvationarmyusa.org, or Shriners Hospitals at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

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  1. Life brings you across many paths and yours is one I will always appreciate first as my Doctor you were top notch effective,  especially detailed in observation and performance in assessment of the root causes of any illnesses. Second as a political friend we did some things together for the Commonwealth and streamlined the bureaucracy and both our driving spirits move Northern Kentucky into the star of the golden triangle as a major and intricate part of the entire state and also the development  of NKU and our Transportation Collaboration as a cohesive project. We left a mark that has continued to grow and today we are a major movement in the rebuilding of the Commonwealth and our Country. Thirdly as friends we have sang together, lived together, campaigned together and defended each other like brothers in Christ, no we were not perfect but we never turned our backs on the people and our hearts fought with the bravery of Churchill and the love of Jesus for what we perceived to be constructive.
    I am proud at 77 to still call you friend and a loyal soldier and disciple in the army for Jesus and our Country .
    Happy Birthday  with Love and Jesus Christ  1 26 2021 Home with your sweetheart Miss Margie?

  2. Donald Saelinger MD says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Floyd Poore’s death and condolences to Floyd’s family. For many years, Floyd was a healthcare leader in Northern Kentucky. He and I worked together on several projects over the years. He always listened with an open mind, even when we were not on the same page. He will be missed.

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