Edward C. Poole, 92, died at Roper Hospice Cottage in Charleston, SC on Monday, January 3, 2022.
Ed was a son of Arnold C. and Willie Clifton Poole. A native of Toombs County, Georgia, he was born on December 20, 1929 at home on the farm. In the late 1930’s, as the depression began to slightly moderate, the family lived in nearby towns of Metter, Lyons and Collins; during World War II, in Savannah and afterwards in Riceboro, Liberty County, where he completed High School at Hinesville’s Bradwell Institute.
Ed was in the Georgia National Guard, 108th AAA Brigade and the 230th Field Artillery Battalion at Savannah. He served in the USAF, 1950-1954 where he received intensive training in electronics, control systems, radar and computers of that era. Assigned to the 3200th Electronics Test Squadron at Elgin AFB, Santa Rosa Island Test Facility, he gained extensive experience in range instrumentation, radar bomb scoring, evaluation of close support bombing systems, testing of newly developed systems for operational suitability and in testing of countermeasures against adversarial air defense. After his military service, Ed attended Middle Georgia College at Cochran, Georgia.
Ed was employed as a civilian instructor at the U.S. Army’s Electronics, Radar, and Air Defense Guided Missile School, Ft. Bliss, TX, then for 34 years by a major defense electronics systems contractor where he was involved in air defense systems development and production. Ed carried out assignments at various locations in the U.S. and internationally, living in Kuwait, 1890-84, and in Egypt, 1989-91. Ed retired in 1992 after holding positions of Quality, Reliability, and Maintainability Engineering Manager, Product Assurance Manager and Programs Manager.
Ed was married to the late Neyda I. Poole for 51 years. They had two children, Gloria, now deceased, and Edward A. Poole of Concord, NH. He is also survived by great-granddaughters, Margaret and Alice McCullough of Greenbelt, MD, a sister, Geraldine Harmon of Summerville, SC and many nieces and nephews.
Ed was a Mason, member of Charles A. Welch Lodge, A.F. & A.M. at Maynard, MA, where he was a Master in 1977, The Mystic Shrine of Aleppo Temble of Boston, the York-Rite Bodies at Concord, MA, The Air Force Association, The U.S. Naval Institute, and The Georgia Historical Society.
In 1994 Ed moved to Wadmalaw Island, SC. He was active in genealogical research, attending family reunions, volunteer work with his Rockville Presbyterian Church friends, and especially with his dearest friend, Patricia Robertson. After many years on the move Ed enjoyed being nearby to his brother, sister and for a few years, to his Father who lived at Monks Corner, SC.
Graveside services have been planned for Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Dorchester Cemetery in Liberty County, Georgia on Islands Highway with Rev. Greg Loskowski officiating.
Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home, Flemington, is handling arrangements.