Loved by people far and wide, 94 year old Melvin Poe died at his home in Hume, VA on September 13, 2014. Poe’s official professional career spanned 44 years, but truthfully, he spent his lifetime with the sport. He hunted hounds for Old Dominion from 1947-1962 and for Orange County from 1962 until his “retirement” in 1991. In retirement, Melvin hunted the private Bath County Hounds until 2011. When Bath County disbanded in 2011, Melvin started hunting his own pack of hounds, going out twice a week with friends and family.
Melvin accomplished much in the hunt field and elsewhere. The unmistakable ring necked American Foxhounds of Orange County racked up multiple victories at the nation’s top hound shows. He was featured in award winning filmmaker Tom Davenport’s 1979 documentary Thoughts on Foxhunting and Peter Winants ‘book Foxhunting with Melvin Poe. Melvin also graced the cover of the UK’s highly regarded Horse and Hound. In 2011, along with his younger brother Albert, Melvin was inducted to the Huntsman’s Room at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting at Morven Park, Leesburg, VA.
Melvin is survived by wife Peggy, four daughters, and five grandchildren.