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John William Poole
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  • Delta Gamma Lambda Foundation
    P.O Box 6123
    CINCinnati, OH 45206

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“Thank you for your leadership in the Kennedy Heights and Silverton communities. God Bless you and yours at this time of bereavement.Sincerely,George...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Treva Pryor - Cincinnati, OH

“To Barbara and the rest of the Poole Family:Please accept my condolences for the loss of John.His Life, Legacy and Love will be remembered by all...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Leonard Herring, Jr. - CA

“Sending my heartfelt condolences to the Poole family. May God cover you with his grace and comfort. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Carmen Todd - CINCINNATI, OH

“Dr. Poole's son, Terrance is a good friend with my son, David Anderson Hooker; they graduated from Morehouse College together. Terrance was nominated...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Odessa Hooker - Atlanta,, GA

“Rest, well dear brother. You taught and showed us a life of sacrifice and serving others. Condolences, dear awesome family! ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Wendell Walker - Cincy

“Ourthoughts and prayers are with you. May the bond and love that you shared bring comfort and peace in the days ahead. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Joyce Tate - Cincinnati, OH

“So glad to have had Dr. Poole and Mrs. Poole in my life, and to have had the opportunity have known a lot of their Loving Family members quite well.....Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Mitchell Warren - Cincinnati, OH

“To the Poole Family: I am so sorry for the lost of your husband, father and grandfather. My prayers are with you as you experience this difficult...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Dr. Ann Richburg - Mason, OH

“Dear Mrs Poole and Family, Marge and I were deeply sorrowful to learn of Dr. Poole's passing. We have been out town at the Cleveland Clinic and...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Marge and John Rogers - OH

“My deepest condolences to Mrs. Poole, Terrence, Carol, Holly, and family. John Poole was a wonderful, kind man as our next-door neighbor. He was a...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Jim Fenske - Fairfield, OH

“May you find comfort and peace in your memories of your loved one. My the God of peace comfort you. 2 Thessalonians 2, 16,17 ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“As you remember your beloved one, may our Father the God of peace give you comfort and peace in May God be your strength in this time of sorrow...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and strenght in God's promise found at John 6:40 ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest condolences on the loss of such an amazing man. Dr. Poole mentored many of us at different points in our lives, and his life and work will...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw - Hartland, WI

“A life well-lived.Dr. Poole dedicated himself to serving others, often to his own sacrifice.God Bless. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Alvertis Bishop - Cincinnati, OH

“Mrs. Poole and family, so sorry for your loss. Rev. Poole will sorely be missed. Know that we love you and you are in our prayers. Deborah, Anthony,...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Deborah Robinson - Mason, OH

“Barbara and family, Roland and I offer our deepest sympathy inthe loss of John. Please know you and the family are in our prayers.Sincerely,Yvonne...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Yvonne Edmonds-West - OH - Friend

Air Force

Poole, John William, beloved husband of Barbara Poole,(Dean), Passed Monday, September 25, 2017 Age 87 years. Funeral Service on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM at Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229. Visitation Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at Zion Baptist Church. Entombment at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Oh. with Full Military Honors. Special online condolences for family and friends may be expressed at

Life Story: Reverend Dr. John William Poole, PhD age 87, transitioned into the open arms of the Lord, early Monday morning, September 26, 2017, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Poole was born on February 2, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to Louella Williams and Johnnie Williams. He graduated from Hughes High School, and the University of Cincinnati graduating with a Bachelors in Accounting and Marketing , he later earned his PhD in Healthcare Management and Education from Union Institute University . He joined the United States Air Force in January, 1951. On January 18, 1952, he married Barbara Elizabeth Dean and together they raised three beautiful children, Dr. Terrence Poole, DDS, Mrs. Karol Poole-Ford and Mrs. Holly Poole-Blackley. Dr. Poole was a pioneer in the Long-Term Care industry, becoming the first African American Nursing Home Administrator in Cincinnati, Ohio and the only African American owner/operator of Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Nursing facilities, Alaska Acres Care Center and Negro Sightless for over 50 years. He also was the Administrator/CEO of Zion Care Center, a facility he operated for his home church Zion Baptist Church. Dr. Poole's desire to serve the Lord lead him to pursue a Master Degree in Theology at Cincinnati Christian University. Dr. Poole was an Ordained Minister through the American Baptist Convention who served faithfully at Zion Baptist ... READ MORE →