Rev. Earnest John Pool obit photo

Rev. John Pool

Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Brighton Highway Assembly of God Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Pitts Chapel, 316 E. Broadway St., Bolivar.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award me on that day." 2 Tim. 4:7-8

John Pool was born Nov. 10, 1918, in Fayetteville, Ark., to the union of Charles Parker Pool and Clara Belle Straw Pool and departed from this life at Parkview Healthcare Facility Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the age of 97 years and 10 months.

He was the sixth of nine children, and is survived by one brother, Bill Pool and wife Shirley of Bolivar and one sister, Florence Pool Wilson of Wishart. His sister's husband, Harry, preceded him in death.

John married Allie Peterson on June 9, 1940, and together they shared 76 wonderful years of marriage. Five children were born to this marriage. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy from April 11, 1944, to Nov. 2, 1945.

He accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 21 and diligently raised his family for the Lord. After receiving a call of God on his life to enter the ministry, he attended Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Hot Springs, Ark. He was in the first graduating class and was ordained as an Assemblies of God minister on Feb. 7, 1952.

The remainder of his life was spent in pastoring churches and doing evangelistic work for the Lord. He also loved to hunt and fish. He retired from pastoring his last church, Silex Assembly of God, Silex, at the age of 83. After they moved back to their home in Bolivar, they attended Pleasant Hope Assembly of God Church.

Over the years, he led many to Christ and was loved and respected by many. He had a great heart for missions, he was a giver, and he always paid his tithes.

He loved people and was genuine. If there was a need, he would try his best to help, no matter what. He leaves a great legacy and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

He leaves to cherish his memory and legacy his devoted wife, Allie; five children, Geneva Moore and husband Dick of Jefferson City, Earnest Pool and wife Patsy of Silex, Loreta Middlebrooks and husband Wayne of Lee’s Summit, Kathleen Sears and husband Charles of Belton and Kay Sears and husband John of Flemington.  

He has 15 grandchildren, Darrell Moore and wife Chris, Darla Moore Porter and husband Trent, Debra Moore Patterson and husband Nelson, Trecia Pool Groshong (Scott), Tom Middlebrooks and wife Lisa, Wesley Middlebrooks, Kenny Sears, David Sears and wife Pam, Vicki Sears, Todd Sears and wife Georgia, Waylon Sears and wife Dana, Kim Stratton Crowell and husband Scott, John Sears and wife Jamie, Aaron Sears and wife Karen and Ben Sears. He is also survived by 26 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren; and a multitude of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; four brothers, Raymond Booth, James Booth, Charlie Pool and Garland Pool; two sisters, Golda Casey and Viola Hudson Turney; and two grandsons, Kenny Sears and John Sears.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Moore, David Sears, Tom Middlebrooks, Wesley Middlebrooks, Austin Groshong, and Trent Porter.

Honorary pallbearers are Nelson Patterson, Scott Crowell, Buddy Sears, Brock Sears, Taylor Middlebrooks, John Patterson, Will Patterson, Taylor Sears, Jeffery Davidson, Aaron Davidson and Clint Cox.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Pitts Chapel, 316 E. Broadway St., Bolivar.

Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Brighton Highway Assembly of God Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Interment is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Flemington Cemetery in Flemington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Mercy In Action International or Gideon Bibles. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church.

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel, Bolivar.