9.21.19 obituaries

Rinehart & Sons

 

Rev. Irvin Poole

Ludowici--The Rev. Irvin Poole, 77, of Ludowici died Sept. 19, 2019.

A native of Montgomery County and lifelong resident of Ludowici, he was the pastor of Ludowici Church of God for 24 years and of many more churches, including Uvalda, Manningtown and Westside Churches of God. His favorite pastimes were hunting and building.

He was predeceased by his parents, the Rev. O.L. and Ruby Banks Poole; two sisters, Mamie Middleton and Melba King; and a brother, Lamar Poole.

Survivors are his wife of 56 years, Lorraine Smith Poole of Ludowici; two daughters, Alishia Poole and Janna (Robert) Swartz, all of Ludowici; four sons, Leonard (Shelley) Poole and Lamar (Leeann) Poole, all of Ludowici, Jessie (Brenda) Poole of Cedar Crossing, and Greg Poole of Jesup; two sisters, Irene (Terry) Kirksey of Bloomingdale and Sue (Wayne) Owens of Hinesville; a brother, Max Poole of Atlanta; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 22, 2019, at Ludowici Church of God Compass Worship Center, located at 212 E. Cypress St. in Ludowici, with pastor Byron Powers, the Rev. Joe Manning and the Rev. Tommy Gill officiating. Interment will follow in the Baggs Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Steven Moore, Charlie Hinson IV, Gary Deloach Jr., Ronald Cercy, Clifton Walker Jr. and Fate Carroll. Honorary pallbearers will be all pastors and the staff of Heartland Hospice.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today (Saturday) at Ludowici Church of God Compass Worship Center.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

 

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William Preston “Bill” Gray Sr.

Waycross--William Preston “Bill” Gray Sr., 88,  also affectionately known as “Ned,” died Sept. 5, 2019, at St. Vincent Medical Center Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida, following an extended illness.

He was a native of Screven, the son of the late Alfred Gray and Maggie Manor Gray.

He was raised in Wayne County and made his home in Waycross for the past 19 years. He had attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta for a year before being drafted in the military. Prior to moving to Waycross, he had made his home in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church of Waycross. He sang in the church choir and served on the church security team.

He was drafted into the United States Army in 1952 and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He served as the first black sports director at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He retired in 1974 at the rank of sergeant first class with a total of 21 years of faithful service.

He was an avid sportsman and participated in many sports including basketball, football and volleyball and was a referee of basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, handball and football.

He was inducted in the first class of the Wayne County County Sports Hall of Fame. While residing in Waycross, he worked with the Waycross-Ware County Recreation Department.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Zoltan Anthony Gray; a sister, Elzena Williams; and two brothers, Lawton Gray and Lewis Gray.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Bertha Jones Gray of Waycross; three daughters, Teresa Gray (David) Jones of Roanoke Virginia, Carmen Ayanna Gray (fiancé Marcus) of Washington, D.C., and Sonia Gill (Roland) Clough of Philadelphia Pennsylvania; four sons, Kenneth Alvin Gray (partner Wondera) of San Antonio Texas, William Preston “Billy” (Sharon) Gray Jr. of Screven, Dearick Jon (Carrie) Gray of Waycross and Paul Diallo Gray of Waycross; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Violet Lavender of Jacksonville and Lula Wright of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorial donations may be made to Southside Baptist Church, 3439 Knight Avenue, Waycross, GA 31503.

A funeral will be held today (Saturday) at 6:30 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church. The family will receive family and friends from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., with full military honors.

Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rinehart & Sons

 

Rev. Irvin Poole

Ludowici--The Rev. Irvin Poole, 77, of Ludowici died Sept. 19, 2019.

A native of Montgomery County and lifelong resident of Ludowici, he was the pastor of Ludowici Church of God for 24 years and of many more churches, including Uvalda, Manningtown and Westside Churches of God. His favorite pastimes were hunting and building.

He was predeceased by his parents, the Rev. O.L. and Ruby Banks Poole; two sisters, Mamie Middleton and Melba King; and a brother, Lamar Poole.

Survivors are his wife of 56 years, Lorraine Smith Poole of Ludowici; two daughters, Alishia Poole and Janna (Robert) Swartz, all of Ludowici; four sons, Leonard (Shelley) Poole and Lamar (Leeann) Poole, all of Ludowici, Jessie (Brenda) Poole of Cedar Crossing, and Greg Poole of Jesup; two sisters, Irene (Terry) Kirksey of Bloomingdale and Sue (Wayne) Owens of Hinesville; a brother, Max Poole of Atlanta; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 22, 2019, at Ludowici Church of God Compass Worship Center, located at 212 E. Cypress St. in Ludowici, with pastor Byron Powers, the Rev. Joe Manning and the Rev. Tommy Gill officiating. Interment will follow in the Baggs Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Steven Moore, Charlie Hinson IV, Gary Deloach Jr., Ronald Cercy, Clifton Walker Jr. and Fate Carroll. Honorary pallbearers will be all pastors and the staff of Heartland Hospice.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today (Saturday) at Ludowici Church of God Compass Worship Center.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

 

Out of Town

 

William Preston “Bill” Gray Sr.

Waycross--William Preston “Bill” Gray Sr., 88,  also affectionately known as “Ned,” died Sept. 5, 2019, at St. Vincent Medical Center Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida, following an extended illness.

He was a native of Screven, the son of the late Alfred Gray and Maggie Manor Gray.

He was raised in Wayne County and made his home in Waycross for the past 19 years. He had attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta for a year before being drafted in the military. Prior to moving to Waycross, he had made his home in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church of Waycross. He sang in the church choir and served on the church security team.

He was drafted into the United States Army in 1952 and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He served as the first black sports director at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He retired in 1974 at the rank of sergeant first class with a total of 21 years of faithful service.

He was an avid sportsman and participated in many sports including basketball, football and volleyball and was a referee of basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, handball and football.

He was inducted in the first class of the Wayne County County Sports Hall of Fame. While residing in Waycross, he worked with the Waycross-Ware County Recreation Department.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Zoltan Anthony Gray; a sister, Elzena Williams; and two brothers, Lawton Gray and Lewis Gray.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Bertha Jones Gray of Waycross; three daughters, Teresa Gray (David) Jones of Roanoke Virginia, Carmen Ayanna Gray (fiancé Marcus) of Washington, D.C., and Sonia Gill (Roland) Clough of Philadelphia Pennsylvania; four sons, Kenneth Alvin Gray (partner Wondera) of San Antonio Texas, William Preston “Billy” (Sharon) Gray Jr. of Screven, Dearick Jon (Carrie) Gray of Waycross and Paul Diallo Gray of Waycross; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Violet Lavender of Jacksonville and Lula Wright of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorial donations may be made to Southside Baptist Church, 3439 Knight Avenue, Waycross, GA 31503.

A funeral will be held today (Saturday) at 6:30 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church. The family will receive family and friends from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., with full military honors.

Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

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