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.
Published in The Advocate from Mar. 21 to Mar. 24, 2011.