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Audray McCroskey
B: 1931-09-12
D: 2018-04-24
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McCroskey, Audray
Shirley Rockhill
B: 1931-02-15
D: 2018-04-22
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Rockhill, Shirley
Brenda Toothman
B: 1950-07-24
D: 2018-04-22
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Toothman, Brenda
Robert Cowan
B: 1953-07-18
D: 2018-04-20
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Cowan, Robert
Marjorie Chase
B: 1928-02-28
D: 2018-04-18
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Chase, Marjorie
George Jackson
B: 1930-04-15
D: 2018-04-18
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Jackson, George
David Childs
B: 1938-02-13
D: 2018-04-15
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Childs, David
Dawn Peace
B: 1960-08-05
D: 2018-04-15
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Peace, Dawn
Phyllis Lightcap
B: 1922-02-19
D: 2018-04-11
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Lightcap, Phyllis
Kenneth Payne
B: 1937-04-04
D: 2018-04-06
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Payne, Kenneth
Betty McKenzie
B: 1923-05-05
D: 2018-04-05
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McKenzie, Betty
Marion Morgenstern
B: 1964-09-02
D: 2018-04-03
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Morgenstern, Marion
Gladys Igliori
B: 1923-11-29
D: 2018-03-31
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Igliori, Gladys
German Colina
B: 1942-05-12
D: 2018-03-31
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Colina, German
Paul Thompson
B: 1951-01-01
D: 2018-03-30
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Thompson, Paul
David Overcash
B: 1960-04-28
D: 2018-03-30
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Overcash, David
Hassel Reece
B: 1947-10-27
D: 2018-03-29
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Reece, Hassel
Nancy Sumner
B: 1958-04-09
D: 2018-03-24
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Sumner, Nancy
Raymond Mauney
B: 1935-02-27
D: 2018-03-20
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Mauney, Raymond
Griffen Brogdon
B: 1934-12-22
D: 2018-03-20
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Brogdon, Griffen
Linda Graciale
B: 1964-03-31
D: 2018-03-20
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Graciale, Linda

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Brian Poole, Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer
Email: bpoole@poolefuneralhome.net
Website: www.poolefuneralhome.net
Office Phone: (678) 932-2097
Mobile Phone: 770-680-1966

Brian Poole was only a senior in high school when he began working at Byrd Funeral Home in his hometown of Dothan, Alabama. Finding working hours that fit his school and sports schedule was important to him, not knowing at the time he had also found his future career. During his internship he aided with funeral visitations that occurred on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, working until 10 pm in the evenings.

Along his career path Brian would work in a variety of other capacities and businesses, but always came back to the funeral industry. As a student, it had made a lasting impression on him, and he found it meaningful. He felt it important to be there for families during stressful and sad times of their lives, a time when they needed sincerity and compassion most. Brian relates he had realized his “life’s calling,” with a capacity to minister and help families during heartbreaking times.  He received his licensing (Alabama and Georgia) from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services and joined Byrd Funeral Home full time.

When Byrd was purchased by Service Corporation International (SCI) in 1995, it became one of 2,000 funeral homes acquired by the company, including one in Woodstock, which Brian was asked to manage. Having spent most of his life in the flat ‘wiregrass section’ of South Alabama, Brian and family made the move to the Appalachian foothills of North Georgia. The Poole family found what they have called ‘home,’ a place to live and grow. They not only discovered the beauty and convenience of the area where the ‘metro meets the mountains,’ but also the graciousness of the people. It would become the permanent home for Brian, his wife Amy and two daughters, Olivia, 11 and Ava, 7.

Brian Poole is a ‘people person.’ He enjoys getting involved in the community, serving as he can. He ran for county commissioner after only one year of living in Cherokee County, knocking on many doors and meeting many people, which he appreciated. He received a majority of the vote. “Because I was the new guy in town I never dreamed I would be elected, but it happened,” he said. “I am grateful for every minute I had to serve, and I am proud of the progress we made.” He is currently serving his last year of his four-year term, planning to devote his full attention to Poole Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Woodstock.

Heath Lawhon, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Email: HLawhon@poolefuneralhome.net
Website: www.poolefuneralhome.net
Office Phone: 678-932-2097
Fax: 678-202-4914
Mobile Phone: 770-880-9650

Heath was born in Gaffney SC and grew up in Anniston AL.  
Heath has worked in the funeral industry for the past 20 years.  He received his Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science from Jefferson State Community College in 2000.  
He and his wife LeClaire recently moved to Canton GA from South Carolina when he accepted a position with Poole Funeral Home.  
In his spare time, Heath enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to music, working on classic cars, and spending time with family, especially their grandchildren.  Heath has a daughter, Stephanie, who, along with her husband and children, lives in Walhalla SC.  

Peter Castello, Marketing Specialist
Email: pcastello@poolefuneralhome.net
Website: www.poolefuneralhome.net
Office Phone: (678) 932-2097
Mobile Phone: (404) 643-1124

Originally from Alabama, Peter is a long-time resident of Cherokee County. After serving our country in the 82nd Airborne, Peter spent most of his career in manufacturing sales. He formally retired from sales in 2012. After his retirement, Peter was able to devote himself to caring for ailing family and serving our community. He saw service through Poole Funeral Home and Cremations Services at Woodstock as an extension of that service. Peter is married, and has 5 daughters and 9 grandchildren.

Peter is no stranger to loss. He lost his first wife after 24 years of marriage. He understands first-hand the pain and grief such loss brings, and is dedicated to helping families process their loss and move on to a place of healing.

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