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L. Harold Poole

L. Harold Poole

Founder of L. Harold Poole Funeral Service & Crematory 1946 - 1998

Graduate of Knightdale High School in 1965. He attended NC State University, but his true passion was in the funeral service industry. He graduated in 1968 from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, OH. He came back to Wake County and worked for Lewis Funeral Home in Wendell, but his dream became reality on October 1, 1978 when he opened L. Harold Poole Funeral Service in his beloved Knightdale community.

 


Current

Current

L. Harold Poole Funeral Service and Crematory is a local and family owned business that opened on October 1, 1978.                                

In 1996, a 6,000 sq. foot crematory was added on the premises. The facilities cover over 12 acres of open land. We pride ourselves in serving our families with local, personalized service. Serving all of Wake, Franklin, Johnston, and Durham counties.      

Our primary goal is to always hold a high standard of quality and total devotion to serving our fellow man.

Barbara P. Poole

Barbara P. Poole

Owner & Funeral Director

Barbara is the wife of the late L. Harold Poole. Together, they opened the funeral home on October 1, 1978.  Barbara is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Licensed Funeral Director, and Licensed Crematory Operator. She assumed daily responsibilities of operating the funeral home in 1998 after the death of her husband. 


Melissa Barnes

Melissa Barnes

Licensed Funeral Director

Melissa has been with the funeral home since 1996 and is a Funeral Service Licensee. Melissa also serves on the Board of the NC Funeral Directors Association as President. She has been asked to serve on the committee in 2018 that will work toward implementing computer generated death certificates, which will be a great value to the NC Funeral Directors. Melissa and her husband, James, a NC State Trooper, live in Middlesex and have 3 boys. 


Bayron Carranza

Bayron Carranza

Outside Maintenance and Licensed Crematory Operator

Bayron works with the funeral home taking care of outside maintenance and is a Licensed Crematory Operator. Bayron lives with his family in Apex.


Duane Cutlip

Duane Cutlip

Licensed Funeral Director and Preneed Couselor

Duane began working for the funeral home in 2009. He earned his Funeral Director License in 2012. He has an extensive background in finance and insurance. Duane assists families in making pre-arrangements. He and his wife Angie, along with their two daughters reside in Wendell. 


Avelina Garcia

Avelina Garcia

Housekeeping

Avelina has worked for the Funeral Home since 2002. She is in charge of the daily housekeeping responsibilities and keeping the facilities clean, bright, and beautiful. She has one daughter, Edith. 


Joyce Hathaway

Joyce Hathaway

Administrative Assistant

Joyce came to work for the funeral home in May of 2014. She has many years of experience in the administrative field including 12 years as Office Manager for Johnny Watson Builders, Inc. until he closed the business.  Joyce handles the daily operation of the business office. Joyce and her husband, Donald live in Zebulon, together they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.


Hailey Hobbs

Hailey Hobbs

Funeral Assistant

Hailey is the granddaughter of Barbara Poole, which makes her third generation with the funeral home. She is a 2015 graduate of Topsail High School, she received a two year Business Degree from Wake Technical College and is currently furthering her education at Meredith College. Hailey is a very active member of Faith Baptist Church where she uses her musical talents to witness to others. 


Lane Hobbs

Lane Hobbs

Funeral Assistant

Lane is a North Carolina State Trooper, and Paramedic with EMS. He also received his Fire Chief's Degree while serving with the Pilot Fire Dept. He will be retiring  in 2018 and will then begin working at the funeral home part-time and furthering his fire service and EMS commitments. He and his wife, Jennifer are very active at Faith Baptist Church where they both participate in the Music Ministry.


Brian Keith

Brian Keith

1963-2016

Brian worked with the funeral home for over 25 years. He was a dedicated Funeral Director who always took great pride in his chosen career. Brian graduated from his beloved UNC and went on to acquire his Funeral Service License at FTCC and graduated in the top of his class. In 2001 he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, but continued to work on a full time basis. Throughout his 15 year battle, he inspired others with his unwavering optimism and determination. He will be forever missed.


Ron Murray

Ron Murray

Crematory Manager

Ron began working in August of 2001 as a Funeral Assistant, after retiring from his family owned restaurant business. Ron quickly learned what it took to operate the crematory. Ron and his wife, Tricia live in Wilson and have one daughter, Brittany.


Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott

Outside Maintenance and Crematory Operator

Ryan works with the funeral home taking care of outside maintenance and is a Licensed Crematory Operator. He is a valuable part of the day to day operation of the funeral home.  Ryan serves as a volunteer with the Pilot Fire Dept. He and his wife, Caitlin reside in Zebulon in the Pine Ridge Community. 


Derek Sherrod

Derek Sherrod

Funeral Service Assistant

Derek has completed his apprenticeship and is currently working as a Funeral Service Assistant while continuing to obtain his Funeral Service License. He will graduate from FTCC in the spring of 2018. Derek and his wife, Rachael reside in Rocky Mount.


Hugo Torres

Hugo Torres

Outside Maintenance Supervisor & Licensed Crematory Operator

Hugo is the Manager of the outside maintenance staff. He is a Licensed Crematory Operator. Hugo and his family live on the funeral home property.  




Part time Funeral Home Staff

Tony Bridgers

Stacy Bunn

Glenn Driver

Melia Edwards

Terry Jones

David Langley

Carol O’Neal

Lucille Strickland


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