Raymond Ethan Poole

Raymond Ethan Poole

Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Death 20 Jul 2011 (aged 84)
Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row A, Lot 34 Upper, Site 5
Memorial ID 74381226 · View Source
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- John Ethan Poole [1897-1957]
- Sarah Anna (Beall) Poole [1909-1992]

Married Frances Mae (Williams) Poole in 1948

- James Poole
- Linda Poole Willis
- John Poole
- Carolyn Poole Arnold
- Jo Ann Poole Clements
- Marilyn Poole

Frederick News-Post - July 22, 2011

Mr. Raymond E. Poole, 84, of Poolesville, died on Wednesday July 20, 2011.

He was the loving husband of Frances Mae "Billie" (Williams) Poole.

Born on August 2, 1926 in Poolesville, he was the son of the late John E. and Sarah Beall Poole.

As a youngster Raymond was a member of the 4-H Club and the Poolesville FFA, serving as an officer in each. He was an avid exhibitor showing livestock and crops.

Raymond worked on his father's farm until 1945. In 1947 he started work in Guy Allnutt's store at Seneca and in 1965 purchased the business and renamed it "Poole's General Store". He and his family ran the store a favorite landmark by many until its recent closing. Raymond raised over a hundred head of beef cattle along with sheep and chickens to add color to the store's environment for the city folks that would come out his way. He was also a member of the Carroll Manor Grange #406 and the Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League. He was a member of Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church.

Surviving besides his wife are six children, James Poole and wife Mary Jane, Linda Willis and husband Herman, John Poole and wife Debbie, Carolyn Arnold and husband Eddy, Jo Ann Clements, Marilyn Poole and partner Allen Duckett; two sisters, Anne Harvey and husband John, and Blanche Rippeon; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday July 24 from 5-8 pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville (hiltonfh.com).

Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Monday July 25 at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road, Poolesville, MD 20837.

Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Raymond's name to the Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 358, Poolesville, MD 20837 or R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, www.umm.edu/shocktrauma.htm/donate.

Raymond Poole of Poolesville dies at 84
The Gazette - August 3, 2011

Raymond Poole, 84, of Poolesville, died July 20 at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore from complications following a fall.

Poole, his wife of 63 years, Frances "Billie" Poole, and most of his six children were well known in the community as the proprietors of Poole's General Store.

"He was quite something in the community," said David Weitzer of Poolesville.

Ben Allnutt of Poolesville described Poole as "a jovial fellow, more of a listener and chuckler than a storyteller."

"As a young man, he worked for my great-uncle Guy Allnutt at the store and post office," Allnutt said.

Poole bought the business in 1964. The store on the banks of the C&O Canal catered to everyone from congressmen to hobos, Allnutt said.

Poole tried to keep a country flavor by raising sheep and poultry in the pasture behind the store, said his son James Poole of Frederick. He also raised a small herd of cattle on farms he rented.

"Mom did the book work and ran the store and Dad did the deliveries," their daughter Caroline Poole Arnold of Adamstown said.

For many years Poole extended credit to customers instead of accepting credit cards.

The children closed the store at the end of December and moved their parents, who were in declining health, from the historic house next door to a small apartment.

"The store was a victim of modern times," Allnutt said.

Raymond Poole was born on River Bottom Farm in Montgomery County, between Seneca and Edwards Ferry. When the river flooded, he helped run the cattle to higher ground.

"He loved cattle," Allnutt said. "He could sure call cattle. He had the call down."

When the Pooles first married, they lived on Weitzer's farm.

"He used to haul cattle for me," Weitzer said.

For most of his life Poole took his and other people's livestock to the exchange markets in Baltimore twice a week and returned with feed and supplies for the store. He usually invited one of his children to accompany him to Baltimore.

"My fondest memories were when we went to Baltimore," Carolyn Arnold said. "He always wanted us to feel like we were special."

Poole enjoyed going to auctions, she said. "Dad was the one at the end of the auction, when things were sold for $1 a box, he'd take it."

He also loved being with his family, she said. "Dad just loved it when everybody was home together."

Carolyn Arnold and her family visited on Sundays.

"He used to like to sit and tell stories about his past, things he didn't have as a child that they have now," said Amy Arnold, 35, Poole's granddaughter.

As the 10 grandchildren grew up and started their careers, Poole told them how proud he was, she said.

"Dad didn't say much, but when he spoke, we listened," Carolyn Arnold said.
~Susan Singer-Bart, Staff Writer

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