Jimmy Lee Poole, 74, of Metamora, IL passed away at 8:10 am on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria, IL. He was born on August 27, 1947 in Des Moines, IA to Raymond L. and Dorothy E. (Broshius) Poole. He married Beckie J. McAllister on June 8, 1973 in Ottumwa, IA.
Surviving are his wife, Beckie of Metamora; son, Joshua (Angela) Poole of Metamora; daughter, Mary Baird of Fort Collins, CO; grandchildren, Lauren Poole, Matthew Poole, Hunter Poole, and Aiya Baird; and sister, Patricia (Raymond) Bennett of Centerville, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Mike Poole.
Jim taught and coached football and baseball at Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, IL for eight years. He was called into the ministry and graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky in 1984. Jim served as a minister in the United Methodist Church in both Kentucky and Illinois for 32 years. He has now graduated to heaven! To God be the Glory!
Jim's legacy lives on within the lives of so many he touched over the years through his faith and ministry. He was a gifted preacher and teacher of God's word with a generous, servant's heart, helping so many receive and come to know our hope in Christ Jesus. Jim was adored by his family and grandchildren. He would go to great heights to create fun and unforgettable memories full of laughter. He enjoyed writing books and journals for his family, and spent years perfecting his "man cave" full of uniques, keepsakes, and artwork from the grandkids, all items he cherished and called his "memory catchers." He will be remembered for his faith, hope, and love.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Metamora Youth for Christ, 4100 North Brandywine Drive, Peoria, IL 61614. Online condolences at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.