If you told Billy Poole that folks considered him a great man he would look at you and laugh. Mister Poole has probably made few headlines in his lifetime, but has influenced the lives of many people along life’s road.
He is the multi-great grandson of the founders of Poolesville, Maryland. In 1760 two brothers named John and Joe Poole bought some land, built a log cabin store, and sold parcels to others…and the rest is (as the cliché goes) history.
That same rugged spirit was passed along to Billy. He grew up working on local farms for fifty cents a day. Bill served his country during the Korean War and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Later he became a municipal road construction supervisor.
On the surface, his life may seem very ordinary…but behind the scenes he is the Commander of the Poolesville American Legion Post 247. (He promised a dying man that he would keep the Post going…and as a man of his word he kept that promise.)
Poole has served as the head of the Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) who care for widows and orphans. He is associated with a local chapter of the Wounded Warriors who look after some of the needs of our wounded veterans…and he personally raised more than $15,000 for their cause.
Mister Poole has served on many committees for the Town of Poolesville, lending his name and reputation to numerous projects.
Also, he is an active member of the Korean War Veterans Association, the charitable group called Hands of Love, and in his spare time he volunteers at the local Thrift Shop run by several churches in the town.
Somehow he still finds time to dote on his grandchildren. He is the consummate family man and grandfather.
A recent series of health issues have slowed him down somewhat… but nothing can stop this tireless son of Poolesville. He has stared life and death in the face without blinking…and come out on top every time.
Billy Poole is the kind of man that has made this country and especially Poolesville an exceptional place to live.
He is our local hero…in a time when we desperately need heroes. We salute his courage and determination and wish him long life.