Frederick Edward Poole, 77

Frederick Edward Poole, 77, of Frankford, Del., made peace and accepted his way to Glory on Nov. 29, 2016. He was born Sept. 11, 1939, in Elizabeth City, N.C., to the late Iris Freshwater and George Reid.

Poole was a graduate of William C. Jason High School in 1957 and was wed to the late Marie Ellen Bethards in November that year. Known as a husband, father, brother and a great man of God, he enjoyed studying God’s word, playing tennis, bowling and minor home repairs, and his favorite pastime was watching sports of all nature. Poole will also be remembered for his rich deep bass singing voice and “his signature style and cool demeanor.”

Poole was preceded in death by four brothers-in-law, Gary Bethards, Robert Sturgis, Rudolph Jasper and Sylvester Brittingham, and a sister-in-law, Anita Brittingham. His spirit will be carefully guarded and carried on through his three children, Frederick Poole Jr. and his wife, Toni, of Buffalo, N.Y., Rodney Poole and his wife, Joan, of Raleigh, N.C., and Tonya Poole of Frankford, Del.; a sister, Mary Jasper of Philadelphia, Pa.; three grandchildren, Frederick Poole III, Ashley Poole and Rodney Poole Jr.; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at the Antioch A.M.E. Church in Frankford, Del. Burial will be private. Condolences may be sent online at