Jerry W. Poole

November 22, 1942February 4, 2019

Jerry W. Poole, a resident of Leland, NC and formerly of Concord, died February 4 at New Hanover Regional Hospital in Wilmington, NC from severe brain damage sustained in a fall at his home. He was born November 22, 1942 to the late Ruth Woodard Poole and Jerome C. Poole. Left to cherish his memory, are his wife of fifty-nine years, Dr. Glenda D. Poole, son Greg (wife Darci) of Atlanta, and grandsons Derek of Charleston, S.C. and James of Seattle, WA along with other extended family members and special friends.

Jerry loved and cherished his family and took every opportunity to be with them at his condo in Pawleys Island, SC or on their trips to Hawaii and tours of Europe. During his life he remained unselfish in giving his time and talent to multiple organizations including: United Way of the Carolinas, Charlotte Arts and Science Council, Rotary Club, Communities in Schools, Mended Hearts and coaching youth athletic teams. He also served his church on Church Councils, taught Sunday School, was a member of the St. James Singing Seniors, and served as Finance Committee Chair as well as other areas of stewardship. He was an avid sports fan, especially his Tarheels, enjoyed playing golf and attending theatrical and musical performances. Jerry may be best described by a quote from Ernest Hemingway, “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice”.

Jerry was always dedicated to being fair to others and doing things the right way. He worked his way through Catawba College where he majored in Physics and Mathematics. He spent 42 years in the technology field having retired from IBM after a successful 28-years in sales. During that time he was honored on many occasions by being inducted into the prestigious 100% Club. After retirement from IBM, he became Vice President of Sales with Parks Business and Technology Consulting in Charlotte.

A private memorial service will be held later with Pastor Jonathan Conrad and Pastor Mark Opgrand officiating at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 684, Concord, NC 28026 or to the building fund of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 12 North Sixth St., Wilmington, NC 29401.

Coble Ward-Smith Funeral and Cremation Service in Wilmington is serving the family.


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Cynthia Chandler

February 10, 2019

Jerry was a strong presence and was deeply respected by those of us in his extended family for his perseverance to work so hard putting himself through Catawba College while working full time to support his young family and become the successful provider and dedicated husband and father. He was so proud of his son Greg and his wife Lucinda as they also provided love and encouragement for Jerry and Glenda's successful grandsons. God bless you Jerry for always helping your mother Ruth through her struggles throughout her lifetime. She always spoke so highly of your visits and attention for her.
Bob & Cindy Chandler our children Misty, BJ, Amy & Beth & their children (your two half great nieces & two half great nephews.)

Geoff and Lesa Jones

February 6, 2019

We shared many fond gatherings with lively conservations, at the coast. We will remember Jerry as a soft spoken, knowledgeable gentleman, who was a pillar to our former church.

Karl Rau

February 6, 2019

To Glenda, Greg and family... deepest condolences to you upon Jerry's passing. We had sort of reconnected via Facebook in recent years, and I enjoyed our exchanges and discussions. May God grant you peace and comfort - and many happy memories!

Ed-Betsy Ballard

February 5, 2019

To Glenda, Greg and family, Ed and I send our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you at the loss of Jerry. A Brother in Christ to us. What a great guy. He will be missed more than words can express. May the Lord grant you all His peace that passes all understanding. Jerry will truly be missed by us all.

Love & Prayers,
Ed & Betsy Ballard


February 5, 2019

I was so fortunate to have spent quality time with Jerry on February 4. In his silent way, we talked about the times he hawled drums and the organ out of the famous blue van without any complaints. That got him to open an eye. We talked about me driving him around in the golf cart when he got better and I promised not to wreck. Again, that got him to open an eye. We talked about his lovely Carolina blue hospital gown and the Carolina boat flag ~he tried to smile. We talked about how nice the weather was finally getting outside and he would love it. I'm not sure what prompted it but Jerry opened both eyes and looked at me. I said, "are you looking at my wrinkles?" In Jerry fashion if his words could come out, his reply would have been, "no, I'm looking at that smile." He slowly closed his eyes. Jerry always had a hug and a kiss for me. I will miss that!