GASTONIA - David Carl Poole, 50, of Stanfield, died April 28, 2009, at Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle.
David was a native of Gaston County and the son of the late Leonard Carl Poole and Annie Sue Freeman Poole
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Parkwood Baptist Church, 1729 East Garrison Blvd. Gastonia, with the Rev. John Bridges officiating.
Interment will be at Gaston Memorial Park
The family received friends from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009m at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia
David graduated from journalism school at the University of North Carolina in 1981. He took a job at the Virginia Pilot in Norfolk for a few months before joining the Gastonia Gazette where he eventually became sports editor. In 1989, he left for a paper in Palm Beach, Fla. but returned a year later to join the Charlotte Observer and eventually took over the motor sports beat. David was in his 13th season covering NASCAR for the Charlotte Observer. He also hosted "The Morning Drive" weekdays from 7 until 11 a.m. on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. David is a four-time winner of the NMPA's George Cunningham Award as that organization's writer of the year.
David loved UNC basketball, the Atlanta Braves, R.O.'s Barbecue, politics, old race car drivers, the newspaper business, his grandson Eli, two cars side-by-side in the last turn at Daytona and most of all, talking.
David loved to debate, all you had to do was throw out a word -"Earnhardt," "Bush" or "Dean" and he'd be off. He would cut you a look that said "surely you didn't think you would win an argument with ME." And then he would get tickled about the whole thing and you'd be friends again, not that you ever weren't.
David was considered one of the best NASCAR reporters on the scene. The thing about David was if he was asked to cover city hall, real estate or thea-ter, he would've been the best at those, too. David was a good guy and a devoted family man, but most of all he was a great teammate.
Survivors include his wife, Karen "Katy" Stewart Poole; sons, Matthew Smarr, ET2 David Mack, U.S. Navy; daughter, Emily Mack; grandson, Eli; sister, Gina Houk and husband Wayne; brother-in-law, Alan Stewart and wife Ashley; sister-in-law, Lori Ross and husband Danny; nephews, Mark Ross, Alex Houk, Garren Stewart; nieces, Danielle O'Neill and husband Steve, Myers Stewart, Allison Houk, Megan Marr; great niece, Gracelynn Schronce and father-in-law, Dean Stewart.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his mother-in law, Vivian Campbell Stewart.
Pallbearers will be James "Peanut" Parks, Kenny Henderson, Mark Hanna, Don Saine, Marshall Fletcher, Alex Houk, Alan Stewart and Matthew Smarr.
In lieu of flowers, David would have desired contributions to his favorite charities: Pennies for Wessa Attention Mike Damron Community Trust Bank P.O. Box 39 Mouthcard, Ky, 41548 penniesforwessa.org or the Victory Junction Gang Camp 4500 Adams Way Randleman, N.C. 27317
Condolences may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Poole family.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2009