Donald “Don” Smith Poole
Gibson, GA – Donald “Don” Smith Poole, 80, loving husband of 53 years to Martha Ann Poole, went home to be with his precious Lord early Saturday morning, March 1, 2014 from his residence while surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Monday, March 3, 2014 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Doug Butts and Reverend Dean Watson officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Avera.
The youngest of four children born to the late Clyde Williams Poole and the late Joseph Evans Poole, Don was born and raised in Avera. A patriot, he proudly served our country in the Air Force during the Korean conflict and was a member of American Legion Post 229. Working for Nationwide Insurance and several other companies, Don retired from the insurance industry after 40 years of service. A godly man, he was ordained as a Deacon in 1961 and faithfully served his Lord at Gibson First Baptist Church. He loved visiting people, spending time with his family and friends, and was always lending a helping hand to those in need. A man of great strength, honor, steadfastness and integrity, Don was well-respected by all who knew him. Above all else, he loved his family beyond words and was most content in their presence.
Don is also preceded in death by all his siblings, Audrey P. Williams, Jerold E. Poole and William T. Poole. Other survivors include his children, Michael Poole, Debbie P. Cason (Chuck), and Donna P. Brooks (Bob); three grandchildren, Laura Hillman (Brandon), Makenzie “Rooster” May, and Rider Brooks; two great grandchildren, Abbigayle Hillman and Harper Hillman; sister-in-law, Myra Poole of Martinez; brother-in-law, Luke Williams of Louisville; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends. Pallbearers will be Ryan Brooks, Chris Cason, Bradley Hall, Jeremy Kelley, Joey Poole, Stan Poole, Dwayne Schultz and George Thompson. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Glascock County Sheriff Dean Couch, Jefferson County Sheriff Gary Hutchinson, and American Legion Post 229.
The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00PM this evening, Sunday, March 2, 2014.
The family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Gideon International, 118 South Smith St, Sandersville GA 31082; Gibson First Baptist Church, 136 West Main St, Gibson GA 30810; or St. Joseph Hospice, 1220 George C. Wilson Dr, Ste B, Augusta GA 30909.
Heartfelt thanks are expressed to St. Joseph Hospice, especially Melissa, Jackie and Ann, for their professional, loving care.
Psalm 23 (King James Version)
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
John 3:16 (King James Version)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.