Irene Poole

July 1, 1926October 15, 2021

COLUMBIA - A graveside service for Irene Poole, 95, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021 in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3909 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29204, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Mrs. Poole died Friday, October 15, 2021. Born in Columbia, SC, she was a daughter of the late W.W. and Fannie Mills Swygert. She retired from the SC Department of Commerce. Mrs. Poole was a longtime member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, Leon R. Poole, daughter Dianne Poole Maddox, brother Harry L. Swygert, and sisters Rudy Hildago, Nellie Wittig and Gladys Tyler.

Surviving are her daughter, Yvonne Poole Martin (Dennis) of Columbia, SC; son-in-law, Raylie Maddox of Lexington, SC; grandchildren, Troy Hammett (Jill), Tara Kyzer (Steve), Cheryl Paul (Clint), and Sheila Ruehl (Mark); and great-granchildren, Mackenzie and Abby Grace Hammett, Taylor and Bradi Ruehl, Sage Kyzer, and Pierson, Hudson, and Colton Paul.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


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Bev Barbee

October 21, 2021

I am so sorry to see Ms Irene’s write up in the paper. She was a lovely lady. My mom was at Generations for a number of years and I could always count to seeing Ms Irene sitting in the chair by the door every time I came in. I used to enjoy talking with her. She was so sweet! My thoughts are with all of you.

Linda (Hair) Sloan

October 17, 2021

Dear Yvonne,
Sadly, I will not be able to attend your Mama’s service. Mark and I will be out of town and won’t return until October 30. I have so many growing up memories involving your family and Good Shepherd! Your folks and ours were such good friends, and I can STILL hear Irene and my Mama laughing and talking. She was a special lady that brought a smile everywhere she went!
She will be missed and I’m so sorry for your loss.
Linda (Hair) Sloan