Jerry Lamar Poole, 70, of Cartersville, passed away Friday, July 31, 2020, in Panama City Beach, Florida, while on vacation with his family.
Born April 6, 1950, in Bartow County, Georgia, he was the son of the late Johnny Poole, the late Lillie Mae Teems Davenport and his stepfather Aldon C. Davenport.
Jerry played high school baseball for Cartersville High School and held the home run record for over 20 years. He was drafted to the Major League out of high school, but he didn’t want to leave his soon-to-be-wife and family. Jerry worked for Union Carbide until it changed names to First Brands. The company was later known as Glad Manufacturing. He worked there for 35 years before he retired. In his younger years, Jerry enjoyed playing on a traveling Men’s Softball Teams for many years. He was in the U.S. Army with the designations of Expert Marksman and Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. Jerry was Honorably Discharged as a E6 Staff Sergeant in the position of an E7 Sergeant First Class. Jerry married his high school sweetheart on July 23rd,1972. In September of 1986 they welcomed their only child, Brandy. The sun rose and set on her according to Jerry. After she was born, he devoted his life to teaching her everything he knew from construction to how to play sports. He instilled his love of cars, hunting, love of animals, and his work ethic in her. In his later years, he devoted his time to his cattle farm, traveling around the world with his family, and his two grandchildren who stuck to him like glue. Jerry instilled all the same qualities to both grandchildren as he did Brandy. He taught Jackson to hunt and Jayda to swing a softball bat. He was considered a second father or second PawPaw to many of his daughters and grandchildren’s friends. Jerry was a devoted husband, father, PawPaw, and father-in-law.
Survivors include his wife of 48 year and sweetheart of 52 years, Gail Arp Poole, his daughter Brandy Gayle Poole White, and her husband (according to Jerry “His only Son-In-Law”) Taylor Fleetwood White, his two grandchildren Jayda Gail White (whom he called Jayda Belle), and Jerry’s shadow who took every step he did, Jackson Taylor White (whom he called Montana Pete, or Tub, or His Partner). He also left behind some very special friends: Randy Howell, Pip and Kathie Underwood, Greysen Martin (his grandsons best friend and his 2nd partner), Jackie Dickey Davis (Whom he called “Pin Up Girl”), Taryn Puckett (Tay-Ron), Marvin Shepherd (Nub), and Tony Posey (his best friend of over 60yrs).
A drive through memorial will be held at Atco Baptist Church at the fellowship hall from 5pm to 7pm on September 11th, 2020. Jerry was a fun loving person, full of honesty, and jokes. He gave everyone a nickname. The family asks that you think of your favorite story, memory, or memories of Jerry. Please write them down with your name and there will be a memory drop box for the letter at the memorial.