Politics & Government

Harry Morgan Hoe, former Kentucky state representative, dies at age 85

Harry Morgan Hoe, 85, a former state representative, died Monday at his home in Middlesboro.

Mr. Hoe, a Republican, served three terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives, from 1964 to 1969, including service as minority whip and assistant minority floor leader.

He also served on the boards of Kentuckians for Better Transportation, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Kentucky, and Kentucky Utilities. He was a director of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Board for more than 50 years.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Hoe spent his career in his family's metalworking company, J.R. Hoe and Sons.

Mr. Hoe was the widower of Mary Bob Hale Hoe and is survived by three children, Priscilla Handler of Los Angeles, Harry H. Hoe of Ewing, Va., and Marilyn Hoe Wells of Seattle; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Middlesboro, where Mr. Hoe served as a deacon for more than 50 years. Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the church.

Shumate Funeral Home in Middlesboro is in charge of arrangements.