Funeral services were held Monday morning, March 25 at Bond Memorial Chapel for decorated World War II veteran William E. "Eddie" Poole, 90, of Mt. Juliet. Born June 7, 1922 in Potts, MS, Mr. Poole died Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Serving with the US Army Air Corps, he served four years in the European Theater as a Master Sgt. and Crew Chief on B-24 Bombers. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his courageous service. Upon his return in 1945, he served four more years as a Chief Petty Officer in the Naval Reserve.
In civilian life, Mr. Poole worked for National Airways and Universal Tire Company before joining Ford Motor Company in 1964. He worked 33 years with Ford Tractor Ops as the marketing and sales manager in Virginia and New York. Mr. Poole retired in 1984 and began his love affair with golf where he had eight holes-in-one.
He was a devout Christian and member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet.
Interment with military honors was held Tuesday afternoon, March 26, 2013 at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Peagram.
Survivors include: his wife of 67 years Carolyn Poole and children Lynda (Ron) Salyer, Mitch (Tina) Poole and Mike (Stacey) Poole; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearers included: Mike Poole, Ron Salyer, Jamie Salyer, Todd Salyer, Len Poole and Ethan Goodwin. Honorary: Ed Moore, Ken Lumpy Sullinger and Fred Mays.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Alzheimers Foundation or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements were in the care of Mt. Juliet's Bond Memorial Chapel.