Joseph Leslie Poole

October 4, 1934January 14, 2020

Lt. Colonel Joseph “J.L.” Poole

Lt. Colonel Joseph “J.L.” Poole, age 85, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020. A native to Floyd County, Lt. Colonel Poole was born on October 4, 1934 to the late Joe William and Lelia Newton Johnson Poole. He was a true family man and enjoyed having his family around him. He also spent a lot of time looking into his family’s genealogy. Lt. Colonel Poole was a world traveler, but was regretfully unable to make it to one place: Australia. He graduated from Auburn University and had advanced degrees from George Washington University, as well as the University of South California. He was a Korean and Vietnam War Veteran serving 26 plus years in the Army. During his military career, he was awarded with the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, and other decorations. After retirement from the U.S. Army, he worked in the printing business and then moved to developing software systems for Home Depot.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Elizabeth McDonald Warner Poole, whom he married on March 5, 1965 in Rome, Georgia; his parents; his brother, Bill Poole; and his daughter in-law, Yvonne Warner.

Survivors include his children, Rory (Mary) Warner, Alan Warner, Mysty (Chris) Hilderbrand, Desiree (Tony) Lambert, and Jay (Rachel Meltz) Poole; his brother, Murray Poole; his grandchildren, Jamie Warner, Kelley (Eva) Warner, Hayley Warner, Chad Hilderbrand, Max Hilderbrand, Cody Harrison, David Surette, Randa Lambert, and Hunter Lambert; his great-grandchildren, London, Crimson, and Scarlett Warner; and numerous other loved ones, family, and friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charity.

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Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134


  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020


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Murray Poole

January 19, 2020

Joseph Leslie Poole was a man of contradictions. He was sensitive. As a blond, curly-haired young boy, when the scary part of a movie came on, he would hide his eyes until the scary part was over. He could not stand seeing harm come to others. But when it came to himself, he was courageous. He volunteered for three tours of duty in Vietnam to help others there and to protect those at home. He was sensitive to the needs of others but fearless in putting himself into danger to help them.
He was intellectual. In high school he wrote an essay on the desirability of compulsory military serves for all able-bodied citizens and won first place in a state-wide competition. He then went on to take courses in nuclear physics and other advanced studies at Auburn, graduated with a Master’s from Georgetown, and excelled in other Military schools. He was an intellectual but enjoyed the company of those who were not. He loved children, being with them, and helping them as when he was a Boy Scout leader. He was intellectual but not a snob about it. He loved just as much those who were not.
He was ambitious. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Army. He trained hard and learned his jobs well. He could have risen even higher in rank. But this is where the other side of him kicked in. He would have had to sacrificed time with him family and put additional burdens on them. This he would not do. No personal goal of his ambition was going to come before his family. His family came first. If meant putting his personal ambition aside, if that meant he would not rise to as high a level in the military as he was capable, so be it. His family came first. Any personal ambition would have to take a backseat.
Sensitive yet courageous, ambitious but mindful of the needs of others, proud but humble when it came to his own legacy, that was Joseph Leslie Poole. That was Joe. That was Colonel Joe. That was J.L. That was my brother. May he rest in peace.

Dondra Kinna

January 15, 2020

Max and Ty, besties forever spent many a morning having breakfast with Joe! Ty looked up to him as a “grandfather “. Ty loved his jokes and enjoyed stopping by to see Joe at his home in Shallowford Heights and just hanging out. I thank you Mysty for letting Joe be a part of Ty’s life. It meant more to him than you will ever know! We love you guys and appreciate you letting Ty be a part of your family ❤️

Heidi Lambert-Payton

January 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of his passing. Though I haven't seen him since I was a teenager, I remember visiting with PPaw (Bill). I enjoyed hearing about his travels. I also loved talking Football with him. I will donate to wounded soldiers in his memory.

Barbara Journell

January 15, 2020

I’m sad to hear of J.L. passing. He was always a true friend. J.L. was generous in sharing photos of the places he and Flo visited with those of us who would never see those sights in person. I will always treasure both his and Flo’s friendship.

Ginger Stevers

January 15, 2020

I’m sad to hear of Uncle JL’s passing. He was a good man. I treasure many fond memories of him and Aunt Flo. May the ones left behind find comfort at this difficult time.

Angela Padgett

January 15, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. My sister-in-law, Lisa McDonald and her family, all stayed with Flo and Joe while he was stationed in Brussels. They were gracious enough to take us all over Europe for a few weeks and were great host. Will be forever grateful. They were both great people. My condolences to the family.

Debra Mayfield

January 15, 2020

January 12, 2020

The staff of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home and Memorial Park would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Poole Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your loved one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.