By RORYE O’CONNOR
MT. VERNON — —
Joyce Poorman, owner of JP Trophies and co-founder of the Jefferson County Operation Iraqi Freedom Committee, has passed away.
Poorman, proud mother of Air Force National Guard Maj. Troy Poorman, started the JCOIF committee after his first deployment in 2004. She contacted co-chair David Keen, who was active with the Army National Guard at the time, and they created the organization, which sends PX gift cards to Jefferson County soldiers who are deployed overseas.
“Joyce was a great patriot and a friend of veterans,” Keen said. “We ... raised hundreds of thousands since 2004 to send gift cards to our warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was also my co-chair on the Jefferson County Senior Saints Hall of Fame.”
Keen said Poorman didn’t know it yet, but the committee had named her as a Senior Saint as well.
“The community has a lot of great respect for Joyce,” he added. “She has tremendous respect from the Mt. Vernon and Woodlawn communities.”
Keen extended his sympathies to the Poorman family, saying Poorman was “just an outstanding person.”
Chris Collins, Mt. Vernon Outland Airport manager, said he was shocked to hear she was ill.
“She was just so vibrant and a huge part of the community,” Collins said. “She is going to be missed here. She did a lot for us at the Hall of Honor. All the data plates and tribute panels were made by Joyce. She would do anything we needed in that regard.”
He said the JCOIF Committee is sure to miss her as well.
Obituary information for Joyce Poorman can be found on page 2A.