Dottie Poor Clark

dottie clark

April 14, 1938 ~ September 11, 2023

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Lake Lure, NC

Dottie Poor Clark (born Frances Elizabeth Poor, but known all her life as “Dottie”) passed away Monday, September 11, 2023 at Mission Hospital. She was 85.

Dottie was born April 14, 1938, in Asheville, the second of ten children of Marion C. Poor and Margaret Smathers Poor. She was married to Howard E. Clark, Sr., who died in 2019. She was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School and was the former owner of Poor’s Flower Center, which she operated until retiring after 52 years, in 2009.
She was a member of the West Asheville Business Association and of Calvary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Kasey Clark; son and daughter-in-law, Howard E. Clark, Jr, and wife Jeanette; three grandchildren, Timothy Clark, Jessica Santoyo (Arturo) and Daniel Clark; five great-grandchildren; six sisters, Eleanor Ammons, Peggy Swann Compton, Linda Tipton (Bobby), Barbara Sikes, Beverly Lee, and Brenda Trantham (Donnie); and three brothers, Don Poor, Robert Poor (Vicky) and Ken Poor (Ivette).

A celebration of Dottie’s life will be held at the Clubhouse of the Villages of Laurel Creek, 54 Laurel Creek Road, Asheville, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2023. At other times, the family will be at the home of Barbara “Cookie” Sikes, 10 Laurel Pines Drive, Asheville.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. I am Virendra Singh from India I never meet with her personally but keep hearing about her almost everyday. From her daughter Kasey she is my best friend from 10 years she was a woman of great personality or she worked very hard in her life or a good life. May hes soul rest in peace, I pray to God to take hem under his protection, he will always remain in people’s heart, I am only sad about this, I feel separated from hem because I could never meet her family in such a short time. God blesses with peace

  2. Sorry to see that Ms. Dottie has passed, she was always so kind to me and shot you straight with any question you had. The Poor’s where family friends for many years throughout the floral path, buying glads from my grandparents farm in Mills River, prayers and sincere condolences on your loss.

  3. Love me some Dottie all my life. She was one of a kind, very sweet Lady along with Howard, I went to the flower shop a lot and we dealt with Avon. I know Beverly Lee, good family, ❤️❤️

  4. Dottie is my cousin on the Smathers side..I first met her at a Smathers reunion years back in Ashville area of North Carolina..along with her awesome daughter Kasey Clark. Later we visited and learned about the family history that Kasey and Dottie shared with us..they we so generous with their time. We came to NC this year for the DAR induction and both Kasey and Dottie traveled an hour to be there for me and my sister Patty..afterward we had a fabulous and fun dinner..the interactions with the 2 of them were hysterical..we laughed so much and felt welcomed as family. Some people are just unforgettable and she was that..when we first met her you could see the strength in her bearing and the twinkle in her beautiful blue was a privilege to spend time with her..thank you Dottie for your caring and support..Kasey you are a powerhouse like your Mom..she was with you every step of the way and I know her spirit will be with you you both cousins..Terry and Fred Hoffmann

  5. Our condolences to the family. May God bless you. Although just hearing about Dottie, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Our condolences to the family. May God bless you. Although just hearing about Dottie, our thoughts and prayers are yet with you.

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