James Penton Pool, 85, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at his residence.

Mr. Pool was born May 11, 1935, in Arab to Naaman and Irene Reynolds Pool. He was married to the former Gaynell Harper, who preceded him in death. He married Virginia Walls Stewart Sept. 2, 2006.

For more than eight years he gracefully fought cancer and won the battle to enjoy most of those years. He lived his life to the fullest, up to his last months, enjoying the love of his adoring family and host of friends. He epitomized “fighting the good fight of faith” through every stage of his well-lived and well-loved life. He never met a stranger and made everyone’s life richer for having known him.

He loved farming and raising cattle, as well as, the more than 40 years he spent working as a rural mail carrier for the Arab Post Office before he retired in 1994. He made lasting friendships of his co-workers and postal patrons over the years. He loved playing Rook with family and friends as well watching football every chance he had.

He is one of the founding family members of Old Brashiers Chapel United Methodist Church, where he spent much of his life serving his church. He truly enjoyed his song ministry.

He is survived by his wife: Virginia Pool; daughters and sons-in-law: Pam and Larry Myres of Knoxville, Tenn., Sherry Pool of Huntsville; Sheila and Darius Wright of Arab and Leslie and Jeff Ryder of Marathon, Fla.; stepdaughter and son-in-law: Betty and Phil Terrell of Arab; eight grandchildren and in-laws: Heather Myres Luckadoo, Matthew and Jordan Myres, Jessica Edmondson and Rhett Miller, Lauren Wright and Richard King, Benjamin Ryder, Mary Ryder, Jody Terrell and Chris Lemaster, and Alisa Terrell and Jordan Alldredge; four great-grandchildren: Lucy Luckadoo, Austin Lemaster, Ila Lemaster, and Colt Alldredge; one great, great-grandchild: Cora Lemaster; brother and sister-in-law: David and Brenda Pool of Rome, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, 2020,a t Brashiers Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Nicky James officiating and Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel directing.

Pallbearers were Matthew Myres, Benjamin Ryder, Rhett Miller, Richard King, Chris Lemaster, and Jordan Alldredge.

Memorials may be made to the Marshall Cancer Care Center, 11491 US-432, Albertville, AL 35950.

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