Mrs. Bess Sheppard Poole, 94

Bess Sheppard Poole passed away on October 7, 2018 at the age of 94.

She was born on June 4, 1924 to the late Arthur and Florine Sheppard. She spent her growing up years in Waynesboro, Georgia and she talked often of the happiness and security of those years. Her father owned a movie theater and she kept on loving movies all her life. After graduating from high school, she went to Agnes Scott College during the World War II years graduating in 1945.

She then worked in the medical school at Emory University. It was there that she met and fell in love with Sam Poole, MD. Sam finished his medical training and served in the Medical Corp. in the Korean War (1951-1953).  In 1955 they moved to Gainesville for Sam to join Dr. Henry Jennings in the practice of Internal Medicine. Dr. Dick Stribling and Dr. Jim Butts joined them, and they later founded the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic in 1972.

The Gainesville years were happy ones. Life was busy. Bess did the usual volunteer and social club route: garden clubs, study clubs, Junior League, art center, hospital auxiliary, schools, and much more. She and Sam were devoted members of the First Baptist Church and a lot of time was given there teaching Sunday School, Bible School and committee work. She loved teaching citizenship in the church’s ministry to immigrants.

Along with her parents, Bess was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Dr. Sam Poole and her son Sam Poole II.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Julie Poole Knotts and husband Dan Knotts; daughter Ellen Poole; daughter-in-law Virginia Maguire Poole; six grandchildren Carrie Knotts McDowell (Robert), Taylor Knotts Peña (Juan), Dan W. Knotts, Benjamin Norris (Angela), Sam Poole III (Holly), Jennifer Poole Blazier (Dan); three great-grandchildren James McDowell, Alexander McDowell, and Henry Peña; two sister-in-laws Marguerite Sheppard and Shirley Sheppard and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 pm on October 19, 2018 in the chapel of the First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 2:00pm on Friday, October 19, 2018 in the banquet hall of First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Good News Clinics, 810 Pine Street, Gainesville, Georgia 30501.

Online condolences can be made at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. 770-297-6200.


Condolences 11
Beverly Bonnette Andersen 2018-10-08 15:37:41
On behalf of Facebook group, “I’m a GHS Ted Elephant”, I want to extend our condolences to you, Julie and Ellen, and all of your family, in the passing of your mom. She was a great woman and will be greatly missed. Know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many of your friends. Beverly Bonnette Andersen Founder “I’m a GHS Red Elephant”
Sonja & Ray Freeman 2018-10-08 17:46:14
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs Poole's passing, but the happy part is they are together at last. She was a loving wife and I know she missed her love of live. She told me she missed him so bad. To her family, thoughts and prayers for God to comfort each one of you. Sincerelyy, Sonja Freeman
Doug Wiley 2018-10-08 22:46:38
What a great lady. My mother really loved her.
Carol and Ronnie Whitmire 2018-10-09 00:44:03
We were saddened to read about Mrs. Poole. She was such a sweet and friendly person. We always will remember seeing her when she walked around our neighborhood. We will miss her smiling face, Please know that you will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Carol and Ronnie Whitmire
Any Hulett 2018-10-09 16:53:15
Bess was such a wonderful and beautiful lady. May her whole family feel peace that only God can give us . Prayers to you all !
SHERRILL H DAY 2018-10-12 02:23:44
Love, thoughts, and prayers to each of you in the loss of Bess. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. May each of you find comfort and peace in the memories you shared as a family.
Beverly Pass 2018-10-13 10:21:10
Mrs. Poole was such a nice lady. She was always so sweet and kind to me when I typed Dr. Poole's notes for Good News Clinic. Now they will be together forevermore and at peace knowing what a great legacy they have left behind. Prayers for all the family.
Beverly Pass 2018-10-14 14:36:58
Mrs. Poole was a beautiful lady both inside and out. I know she and Dr. Poole are walking around heaven doing good works together. She was always so kind to me when I typed the Good News Clinic notes for Dr. Poole. She will be sorely missed.
Noreen Sherwood 2018-10-15 16:55:05
Ellen and family, I am so sorry to hear the news of your mother's passing. I encourage you all to celebrate the life you had with her and your dad. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Doug & Paula Knotts 2018-10-16 10:52:36
We are saddened at your loss but the entire community is strengthened because of her legacy of children, grand children and future heirs that will make the community a much better place. Rest in peace.
Bob Bowen 2018-10-17 17:02:23
Julie & Ellen, I just met you at LVE with Bess. I have known her for a long time,and I have never known a Lady that had such a love for life. She made a lot of people @ LVE realize that Life is too short to not be happy with what God gave you. She will be greatly missed, but we all know where she is. Bob Bowen
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