BUCKHANNON — Rev. Robert “Bob” Lee Poling, 81, of Buckhannon, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon. He was born February 8, 1932 in Cubana, a son of the late Herbert and Hazel Simmons Poling. On April 27, 1957 he married Lois Yvonne Dean who survives.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Robert Holt Poling and wife Mary Alice of Buckhannon and J.D. Poling and wife Stella of Weston; one daughter, Amy Toothman and husband Daniel of Fairmont; one granddaughter, Brittany Danielle Poling and special friend Matt Alden of Bridgeport; six grandsons, Cory Seth Poling of Morgantown, Robert C. Poling and fiancée Kendra Bowen of Buckhannon, Ean Shae DeBarr of Fairmont, Daniel Toothman Jr. of Salem, Eric Sherrard and wife Sarah and Ryan Sherrard and fiancée Lori Suttle all of Weston; one great-granddaughter, April Sherrard of Weston; three great-grandsons, Zach, Aaron and Wesley Sherrard all of Weston; three brothers, Lawrence Poling and wife Doris of Warren, Ohio, Arden Poling of Barberton, Ohio and Archie Poling and wife Renna of Buckhannon; three sisters, Wilda Slaughter of Buckhannon, Lucille Gillespie of Niles, Ohio and Freeda Murphy and husband Jim of Morgantown; one sister-in-law, Kathy Poling of Buckhannon; one brother-in-law, John C. Dean and wife Sue of Buckhannon and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Wilmer, Howard and Elmer Poling; one sister, Kathleen Bailey; several nieces and nephews and a great-niece and great-nephew.
Rev. Poling served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War. He was a member of the Sand Run Baptist Church in Buckhannon and he attended the Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church in Buckhannon. He was a former member of the Kesling Mill Lions Club. He graduated from the University of Hard Knocks in 1998, was a lay speaker for the Frenchton United Methodist Charge for nine months and was a full time Baptist minister for 42 years.
He retired from Moore Business Forms in 1990. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, his dogs Scooter, Chloe and Macie, hunting, WVU football and basketball, his many Christian friends and most of all the Lord for whom he continually served, ministered and witnessed until his last few hours.
Friends will be received 2-8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jack M. Bohman officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Hermon Cemetery. Anyone wishing to make contributions in lieu of flowers may do so to C/O Mt. Hermon Cemetery Fund 10 King School Rd. Buckhannon, WV 26201. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.