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Rickie Dale Poole / August 09, 2018

Rickie Dale Poole, husband of the late Lula Belle Hudson Poole, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at the age of 67. He was born in Person County, N.C., on Feb. 10, 1951 to the late Jim and Alice Cole Poole. Rickie was a cattle farmer.

He is survived by his son, Scottie Poole and daughter, Michelle Poole Blume, both of Person County, N.C.

A funeral will be held Thursday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Virgilina Cemetery. The Rev. Norman Talley will officiate.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements are by Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

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