Charles Proctor Pool (Charlie) of Carova Beach, NC was born on March 11, 1943 and passed away on his seventy-third birthday, March 11, 2016.
He was born in Norfolk, VA, and grew up in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake. Charlie spent many childhood weekends visiting family in Currituck, NC.
He was predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Helen Barco Pool.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife Karen Brumley Pool; one son, Kevin Pool, (Crystal Salmons/partner); daughters, Jessica Pool English (T.J.), Bonny Zeigler (Craig), and Mary Kay Owney; five grandchildren: Nolan English, Mya English, Austin Zeigler, Desiree Zeigler, and Ryan Wisheart; and one sister, Laura Pool Ostrander
He graduated from Oscar Smith High School in 1961 where he was a standout athlete, named to the All Tidewater, All Metropolitan, and All City Football teams. He attended Staunton Military Academy, Chowan College, and Salem College.
Always known for a strong work ethic, Charlie acquired skills in multiple trades. As a teenager he worked at an ice cream factory and clocked 100 hours one week. During college and afterwards, he was a brick mason. Once manual labor became unappealing, he became a top salesman at International Harvester. He owned and operated The Capitan’s Chair in South Norfolk which he later remodeled and reopened as The Butterfield Stage. Eventually the late night hours led him into other business ventures and he established Southern Commercial Repair, providing small construction and maintenance work in the Tidewater area. He earned Class A Electrician and General Contractor licenses. In recent years, he focused on working only in Carova Beach, NC. He acquired multiple endorsements including certifications to maintain pools and install well and septic systems. He was the first to bring custom modular homes to Carova.
Charlie wasn’t all work. His first car was a 1950 Ford where he sprayed painted “Dragging Wagon” on the side. Later he convinced his mother to buy a Chevy Malibu with four-in-the-floor that he surreptitiously used on weekends to drag race. He won many trophies. He passed on his love of cars to his son. They built Kevin’s first Bronco together.
He was also a risk taker. As a young adult he thought he could make a living as a pool shark; however, he soon learned that once people lose money to you, they lose interest. He enjoyed watching football, baseball, basketball and NASCAR. His favorite activity was hanging out with friends and family telling stories and jokes. He was a skilled storyteller and could share one after the other for hours on end.
A memorial service will be held at Knotts Island Methodist Church, 677 Knotts Island Road, Knotts Island, NC 27950 on Tuesday, March 15 at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Knotts Island Methodist Church or Currituck County SPCA.Send FlowersPlant a Tree