Ottice Robert Pool
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Ottice Robert "Bob" Pool, a resident of Zachary, died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Lane Regional Medical Center, Zachary. He was born in Soda, Texas, but lived most of his 86 years in Baton Rouge. Bob retired from Uniroyal in 1982 and continued living a very active life, enjoying his family and church and vacations spent with his grandchildren into his 80s. Visitation at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Zachary, on Thursday, March 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visiting resumes at the funeral home on Friday, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. until services at 9 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Jay Avance Jr. A burial service will be held at Ebenezer Cemetery in Jonesboro at 3 p.m. Friday. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Edwina Davis Pool; two daughters, Tricia Pool Distefano and her husband, Angelo, of Baton Rouge, and Jena Pool Varnado and her husband, Sam, of Zachary; a son, Gary Robert Pool and his wife, Phyllis, of Sulphur; a brother, David Odell Pool and his wife, Nelda, of Groves, Texas; a sister-in-law, Thelma Pool, of Lake Charles; 14 grandchildren, Amy Fontenot, Danielle Thomas, Allison Hedgecock, Chrissy Ashford, Angela Rounds, Aaron Pool, Nicky Varnado, Tony Distefano, Jacob Varnado, Lindsey Pool, Tyler Pool, Jordan Varnado, David Varnado and Mikey Varnado; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, C.R. and Naomi Pool; a brother, Ulrich "Frank" Pool; and sister, Lois Pool Hughes. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He was a deacon at Brownsfield Baptist Church for more than 30 years and was a longtime Sunday school teacher. He also served as a Cub Scoutmaster and a Scoutmaster for Troop 176. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The family wishes to thank the staff of Lane Regional Medical Center, especially Dr. Kent Rhodes, and the Louisiana War Veterans Home for their kind and gentle care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, 5000 Hennessy Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808 or the Louisiana War Veterans Home, 4739 La. 10, Jackson, LA 70748. Share sympathies, memories, and condolences at www.CharletFuneralHome.

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Published in The Advocate from Mar. 21 to Mar. 24, 2011.
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March 29, 2011
I really miss Paw Paw already, but I know he is where he worked hard all his life to be!
I had a great conversation with him a few weeks ago and I asked him, "Paw Paw, how are you with everything..., knowing that you are nearing the end of your days here?" He replied, "Tony I know where I'm going, so I am ready when He calles me home. I just want to be here as long as I can to take care of my Wena." Now that's a man who truly loves his wife and family! I just hope that I can be the strong Christian man that he was throughout his life! He and Wena started one big loving family, that I am proud to be a part of!

He could say it all in one wink!

Love You Paw Paw,
Tony Distefano
March 25, 2011
To each of you, Bob and Edwina have always been a special pair for my family and I. Sure going to miss his laugh. You all are a testimate to the type of man Bob is and always will be, though he may not be with you in body, there is no doubt he is in Spirt. May God bless each of you during this period and the rest of your earthly lives.
Your cousin, Stephen Watts
March 24, 2011
To the Pool family. He was a very sweet and wonderful Christian man. Loved talking to him at church. But most of all loved to hear him Pray. May God Bless.Sylvia and Byron jackson
March 24, 2011
Family, food, fun... I cherish the Pool family reunions at the farm! Uncle Bob and Aunt Eddie have always been so generous with all they have, and have instilled in all of us the importance of family. I regret not being able to make the trip, but please know that my prayers are with all of you you as you/we celebrate an amazing life and man.

Carlen Pool Floyd, (great-niece) Austin, TX
Carlen Floyd
March 24, 2011
I will never forget the great trips we made to Percy Quinn Park, staying in cabin #12. Mr. Bob always had my utmost respect.
John Callender
March 24, 2011
Aunt Edwina and family,

I want to extend my condolences to all of you. I have fond memories of the reunions on the farm (fishing, playing volleyball and the delicious food everyone prepared). I know he will be truly missed.

Alta Rae
Alta Coates
March 24, 2011
Dear Edwina, Gary, Trish and Jena,

It was each of you and your families that provided Bob with fun in life. I know there will be a gap every day and especially for those family reunions at the farm I've heard about. I'm sorry I will not be there for the final farewell, (still in VA), however, I know my Mom, Jervais will be there to lend support for Edwina, her cousin. I send hugs and special one to you Trish and Edwina.

Cousin Debbie Day Maher
Debbie Day Maher
March 23, 2011
Tricia and family,

What a blessing it was to have such a wonderful dad. I know that his memory will live on forever. He touched many lives in his lifetime through actions and words. Each day that you have spent with your parents is a blessing from God. Our prayers are with you all.

An old friend from the past,
Dianne Lasseigne Akin
March 22, 2011
Trish, I was saddened to hear of your father's passing. All of you will have your memories to keep his spirit alive. I especially remember how much my parents enjoyed talking with him and Wina.
Patty Rounds
March 21, 2011
Uncle Bob will be missed in so many ways. He became my Dad's " Father" since my Grandfather died so young. He helped my Dad in so many ways. He called me a few weeks ago looking for my Dad, they had a "special bond"! Family reuinions at the Farm, holding all of the family together, making sure all of us "cousins" got to know each other ... carrying on Potsy and Grandmaw Pool's legacy... Thank you Uncle Bob for being such a wonderful man to all of my family!
Kim Wilson Stephenson
March 21, 2011
When I married into this family and really got to know Paw Paw Bob I realized what an incredible man he is. He's told me so many stories about his "Jumpin Bean"....Angela. Over the years and especially lately, his Jumpin Bean has told me so many stories about how he and Wina used to take All the grandkids on vacation each summer and how much fun they all had together. I know these are memories that will last a lifetime. Most of my memories of PawPaw will be our visits to the farm. While at the farm, I can't help but look at him and look all around at everyone having a good time and think to myself that without him, none of it would be possible. Thanks for the wonderful family you've created and surrounded me with. I'll miss you!
Josh Rounds
March 21, 2011
Family Reunion 2009
I will be forever thankful for the wonderful summer vacations he and Wina took the grankids on. It is largely because of he and Wina that all of us cousins share a closeness that is truly unique. Thank you Paw Paw for your selflessness, and for all the amazing memories. I will always be your "jumpin' bean.":)
Angela Rounds
March 21, 2011
I always enjoyed talking to him when I would see him. My visit with him a couple of weeks ago with Danielle and the twins will always be very memorable. Look forward to conversations again one day in Heaven.
Patrick Thomas
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