Winton Ray Poole CHARLOTTE - Winton Ray Poole of Charlotte, North Carolina died Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the Harris Hospice Unit at Presbyterian Hospital after a brief illness. Born March 14, 1927 in Durham North Carolina, Winton was the son of Willie and Annie Poole. He graduated from Durham High School, The Kennedy Commercial School and the Louisiana State University Banking School. A banking executive and civic leader in North Carolina, Winton Poole began his career in Durham. Moving to Greensboro and then to Charlotte, he became the Senior Vice President for Marketing with North Carolina National Bank, now Bank of America. His 40-year career with banking and commerce involved him in countless organizations from local businesses, charity and civic groups to international credit card development boards. By the time he retired he was the longest serving marketing executive in the banking industry in Charlotte. His leadership and professionalism left a lasting mark on the business and the people with whom he worked. After he retired from banking, Winton Poole became involved in civic life in Cornelius, North Carolina, where he'd lived since 1979. Twice elected to the Cornelius Town Board he also served one partial term as Mayor of Cornelius. He was a member of the Board of Director of ElectriCities and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity where he personally helped construct numerous Habitat houses. One of the Habitat neighborhood streets in Cornelius is named "Poole Place" in his honor. He also helped found the "WIMPS" in Davidson. The group "We're Intent on Making Progress Slowly" met once a week at The Soda Shop, initially to socialize, but inevitably to raise funds and "friends" for charitable causes. An avid and highly competitive sailor, a tennis player well into his 80s, a voracious reader with a restless and curious mind, Winton Poole was always interested in new ideas, new things, especially technology "gadgets" and people. He could turn acquaintances into friends and friends into partners. It was something to behold. It was a typical thing to see Winton Poole, with his infectious love of life and adventure, windsurfing around Lake Norman or jumping on a trampoline with his grandsons. He always enjoyed watching his grandsons pursue their many interests as well as their education. He is survived by his wife and partner of 62 years, Janet Marie Thompson Poole; daughter Jan Stanley and her husband Steve Stanley of Aho, North Carolina and daughter Jill McDevitt and her husband Richard McDevitt of Davidson, North Carolina; also four Grandsons; Drew Stanley and Lee Stanley and Dylan McDevitt and Carter McDevitt and his sisters Ellen P. Bridges of Ormond Beach, FL; Hilda Holtzclaw of Morristown, TN and Doris Jones (Dallas) of Durham, NC. There will be a service on Monday, January 14th at 2:00 PM at Providence Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that contributions are made to Crossnore Schools, Inc., PO Box 249, 100 Dar Drive, Crossnore, NC 28616; Our Towns Habitat, PO Box 1088, Davidson, NC 28036 or Harris Hospice Care, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233-3549.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 12, 2013