Bobby J. Poole, 81, of 916 Eastern Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C., departed this life Tuesday, May 6, 2020, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 29, 1939 in Pittsylvania County. He was the son of the late Raymond Poole and Mandora Howerton Poole. He was married to the former Edna Earl Marable, who predeceased him.

Bobby was a member of Mountain Grove Missionary Baptist Church. After relocating, he joined the Missionary New Birth Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

He graduated from Southside High School, and he was a veteran of the United States Army. He retired from the U.S. Post Office after 35 years of service.

Survivors include one son, Raymond T. Poole and one daughter, Romona Poole, both of Capital Heights, Maryland; four grandchildren, Ramon, Zavon, Jovon and Reneta; five great grandchildren; three sisters, Jean Poole of Sutherlin, Mollie Brewington of Hyde Park, Massachusetts and Joyce Davis of Ringgold; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by three siblings, L.C. Poole, Patricia Glass and Rosa Poole.

A graveside service with military rites will be Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 1 p.m. in Mountain Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery by Elder William Howerton.

In keeping with the COVID-19 guidelines, a viewing will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020, from the Chapel of Howerton Funeral Home with a limit of ten people at a time.

Howerton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.