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Jerry W. Poole, 77 year old Woodward resident, died Sunday, November 25, 2016 in Oklahoma City. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Elmwood Cemetery with Reverend Jay Custar officiating. Burial will follow with the United States Navy providing military rites. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Jerry Wayne Poole was born on April 30, 1939 in Wewoka, Oklahoma to James Warren and Lucille Glen (Bray) Poole. Jerry grew up in Wewoka and graduated from Wewoka High School. He was united in marriage to Voncille Ramsey on December 5, 1957 in Wewoka, Oklahoma. They made their first home in Lake Hurst, New Jersey and because of Jerry's time in the service they lived in several different locations including: Norfolk, Virginia; Jacksonville, Florida; Escondido, California; Adak, Alaska, and Beeville, Texas before moving and settling in Woodward.

Jerry started his military career serving in the National Guard from 1954 until 1956. He was inducted into the United States Navy in 1957 and served his country honorably until his honorably discharge in 1977.

He owned his own welding business for over 24 years and he also worked for the Department of Corrections for ten years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Jerry loved taking his wife and three children camping and fishing when they were young. He also enjoyed woodworking. The things that Jerry loved was taking his grandkids, Melanie, Patrick, and Cassie fishing and having water gun fights with his other grandkids, Angie and Shawn. He also welded monkey bars and swing sets for the grandkids.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Voncille "Vonnie" Poole of the home; two sons, Keven Poole, Keith Poole and wife Melissa; one daughter Kellie Shaw and husband Paul; sisters: Mary Ann Chambers and husband Wayne, Lyndia Holstrom and husband David; five grandchildren: Angie Bullard and husband Ryan, Shawn Poole, Patrick Shaw and friend Tasha, Cassie Poole; three great-grandchildren: Kyle Bullard, Keaton Bullard, and Zaylee Hill; other relatives and many friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mable and Ray Ramsey, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Wanda and Jake Smith, granddaughter Melanie Shaw and great-granddaughter Raylee Hill.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on December 6, 2016
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