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Edwin Howard Poole was born in Lake Providence Feb. 10, 1953. His loving family surrounded him as he was welcomed into the arms of our Heavenly Father March 15, 2017, after a bravely fought battle with cancer. His positivity, commitment to others and kindness left a mark on anyone who was fortunate to know him. Ed was a devoted family man who enjoyed taking his son Timothy riding in Jeeps and trucks on the weekends. He had a passion for Jeeps and was a true outdoorsman. Once a year, Ed enjoyed traveling to Uvalde, Texas, for deer hunting excursions with friends. He also appreciated bonding over the mechanics of firearms and trips to the shooting range with his youngest son, Tyler. In the last three years, Ed joyfully welcomed two beautiful grandsons into his life, Cullen and Brennan. He enjoyed taking walks with them, reading stories, playing with trucks and loving on them. In addition to his commitment to his family, Ed was a dedicated employee of Benton and Brown in Bossier City. He was a man of few words but to know him was to know his warmth, intelligence, humility and integrity. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Wilburn Poole and Reather Evans Poole. He is survived by his devoted wife of 36 years, Fran Foshee Poole of Natchitoches; two children, Timothy Poole of Natchitoches and Tyler Poole and wife Ericka; grandsons, Cullen and Brennan Poole, all of Baton Rouge; three sisters, Vivian Hitchcock and husband Stan of Greenville Miss., Susan Stroud of Lake Providence and June Silk of Rayville; two brothers, Jim Poole of Norwood and Steve Poole of Lake Providence; as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services for Edwin Howard Poole will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 18 at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches with the Rev. Bill Bearden officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18 at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches. Those honored to be pallbearers are Billy Townsend, Justin Foshee, Roger Kromis, James Lee Friedman, James Meadows and Hall Waller. Honorary pallbearers include Stan Hitchcock, Gary Brown, Glenn Stewart and Wade Manus. The sincerest gratitude is extended to Natchitoches Hospice, Harmony Health, Dr. Kathleen Kautz, Dr. Manish Dhawan and caregiver Shaniqua Johnson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Shriner’s Hospital and St. Judes.

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