Mrs. Mary “Joan” Throckmorton Poole, widow of Ira Walton Poole, passed away at her home on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at the age of 76.

She was born in Portsmouth on Feb. 7, 1944. to James Thomas Throckmorton and Katherine Angle Throckmorton.

Joan was a great Mom and a wonderful cook. She was a fan of both Virginia Tech Football and Duke Basketball. She was a member of Willow Oak Christian Church and loved her church family.

Left to cherish her memories are her children, Karen Poole of Durham, North Carolina, Kim Smith and Steven of Shawsville and Kathy Olszewski and Mike of Blacksburg; grandchildren, Collin Smith, Kara Smith, Katie and Jay Horin and Michael Olszewski; siblings, Doug and Elaine Throckmorton, Bill and Betty Throckmorton, Barbara Watkins, Faye and Ray Wilkinson, Nancy Moser and Rhonda and Jimmy Gainey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at Virgilina Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for a donation to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at DUMC, 3524, Durham, N.C. 27710.

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The family is being served by Brooks Lyon Funeral & Cremation Services in South Boston.