CLOVIS, N.M. -- Mr. Grover Curtis Poole, 64, of Diamondhead Drive, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Plains Regional Medical Center.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Greensboro, Ga., with the Rev. Wayne Usry officiating. Burial will be in Greenview Cemetery, Greensboro.
Mr. Poole, a native of Greene County, Ga., had retired from the Air Force as a colonel after 29 years of service. He had retired as a fighter pilot with more than 6,300 hours of flight time in various military fighter aircraft. He flew 160 missions over North Vietnam suppressing enemy surface-to-air missiles in an F-105 Wild Weasel aircraft. After his retirement, Mr. Poole worked with Rockwell International as an avionics engineer of the B-1 aircraft. In 1988, he returned to Cannon Air Force Base, employed by Reflectone Training Systems, as a flight simulator instructor on the F-111 aircraft. He was a 1953 graduate of Greensboro High School.
The family said: "He enjoyed many pleasurable hours flying his privately owned aircraft and playing golf with his many friends. He was a loving father and grandfather."
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Hobbs and Alisa McFarden, both of Clovis; a brother, William C. Poole, Danielsville, Ga.; and three grandchildren and three stepgrandsons.
Pallbearers will be Darrel Phelps, Lonnie Higdon, Ben Boswell, Billy Boswell, Charles Williams, Carey Williams, Jimmy Blasingame and T.W. McKinley.
Memorials may be made to Order of Daedalians, P.O. box 863, Clovis, NM 88101 Attn. Col. Hugh Canon Daedalian Scholarship Fund, Poole Memorial or to Clovis Christian School, 800 Hinkle, Clovis, NM 88101.
Friends may call at McCommons Funeral Home, Greensboro.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
The Augusta Chronicle Jan. 11, 2000