Early Sunday morning we lost a wonderful friend, Jerry Poole, at the age of 57. As much as we are going to miss him, we are thankful that our merciful God took him home before he suffered in his battle with Lung Cancer. He remained brave, selfless, and iron-willed from the moment he was diagnosed in early February.
Jerry was such a gentle and kind soul that loved his family, friends, his work, the outdoors, and his Carolina Panthers. Jerry was a proud United States Navy Veteran and served our country during the Vietnam War aboard the U.S.S. Midway. He was an amazing father to our children and a father figure and mentor to so many more. He was our resident Ninja and for this reason he was known as Paja (papa ninja) to his grandbabies. He was a genuinely beautiful person whose laugh was contagious and his smile so bright. He never had a harsh thing to say about anyone and always saw and brought out the best in everyone. He genuinely cared about other people and wanted to do everything in his power to help no matter how big or small. His weakness was any kind of ice cream, but cherry was his favorite, and a good old western movie he had already seen a thousand times. We have been blessed with the time God gave us with this wonderful man and will forever remember him in our hearts.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Paula Snow Poole; step-children, Amanda (Christopher) Siedlecky and Travis (Victoria) Casper; grandchildren, Lane and Colton Siedlecky; sisters, Pam Thompson, Monica Rogan and Donna Easley, nieces; Lisa Borbas, Brooke Rogan, Rebecca (Nadim) Issa and Kristi (Brian) Pendleton, nephews; Steven Thompson, Brad (TJ) Thompson, Nathan (Chloe) Easley and Kevin Livesay. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edd Jerry Poole Senior and Francis Ferrell, and his brother, Brian Ferrell.
Jerry wished to be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 7:00 in the evening at Massey Funeral Home in Zebulon, NC www.masseyfuneralhome.com. We would like to show our appreciation of the attentive care Jerry received at the VA Hospital in Durham and the wonderful and caring nurses and aide with Transition LifeCare Hospice. They were especially helpful in this difficult time and fight with a terrible disease.
In lieu of flowers Jerry wanted donations sent to Transition LifeCare (Hospice of Wake County) http://transitionslif ecare.org/donate/