Gilbert Lee Poole, age 73, of Thomasville, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2012, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born in Davidson County on January 22, 1939, to Floyd and Margie Gordon Poole. Gil leaves his love to his daughter, Sandy Poole Wilson, and son, Tommy Poole and wife Vickie, of Shallotte, NC; son, Gilbert Poole, Jr., of Kincheloe, MI; sister, Helen Jones of Westminster, MD; brother, Bill Poole and special friend Millie Shelton, of Thomasville; and special friend, Peggy Bourbonais of Thomasville. He was preceded in death by his father and mother and brother, Leon.
Uniquely and multi-talented, Gil began his career in Europe with a two-year tour of entertaining military troops with Tom T. Hall. Using his professional name, Gil Lee, he later performed with many leading groups in the United States and eventually developed a one-man act, calling himself “Me, Myself and I.” Playing four keyboards, harmonica and singing, he entertained at leading hotel lounges and organizations all over the country. He specialized in a variety of music, including country, blues, soft rock, beach, bluegrass and gospel.
In later years, Gil returned to Thomasville, and performed locally at The Barn Dinner Theatre and The Broach Theatre in Greensboro, The Sunset Theatre in Asheboro, and the Starlite Restaurant in Mount Airy. He entertained for private parties and functions for various occasions and played piano for local churches and gospel groups.
Gil was a loving father. He was a kind and gentle person and a true and dependable friend, who was ever willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. His favorite morning pastime was sharing laughs and discussing politics with his friends over breakfast at the local Biscuitville. He was involved in music throughout his life, but he would never hesitate to tell anyone about his relationship with his Heavenly Father, and that the most rewarding music he had ever performed was gospel music.
The family wishes to thank every person who, in any way, touched Gil’s life through prayers, visits, cards, or telephone calls. We can find comfort in knowing that Gil’s trials and tribulations in this life are over and that he is now well and at peace in Heaven. We also wish to thank the staff at Forsyth Medical Center for the exceptional care and compassion that Gil received.
A Celebration of Life service for family and friends will be held on Sunday November 4, at 3:00 pm, at The Family Life Center at Bethel United Methodist Church, 508 Fisher Ferry Street in Thomasville.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury, North Carolina is assisting the Poole family. Online condolences may be made at the Carolina Cremation website at www.carolinacremation.com.