Bobby Poole, a Gainesville businessman and active community member who owned the city’s last full-service gas station died Friday at age 83.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Living Hope Cancer Care Ministry, c/o First Baptist Church Montgomery, 305 South Perry Street, Montgomery, AL 36104.
Poole was born in Hall County on May 20, 1931. He graduated from Gillsville High School and worked at New Holland Mill before leaving to start a career repairing automobiles. He worked at several service stations along Broad Street before owning the last full service gas station, Poole-Ramey BP Amoco near Northeast Georgia Medical Center, for 40 years.
In the community, he was involved in the East Hall Boosters Club and the Hall County Democratic Committee. He also served as a Supervisor on the Hall County Board of Elections.
Poole and his late wife, Winnie Brock Poole, supported Brenau University, the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Foundation, local schools, churches and other nonprofits. He was a member of Dunagan Chapel United Methodist Church for almost 50 years, and more recently a member of Air Line Baptist Church.
His hobbies included old cars, landscaping, travel and sports, especially East Hall High School games.
In his obituary, Poole was described as a “quick witted” man who “loved to laugh.” Among his survivors are
his 106 year-old mother, Laura Ann Poole of Gainesville, a son and daughter, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.