The Rev. Robert “Bob” Lee Poling, 81, of Buckhannon, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon.
He was born Feb. 8, 1932 at 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; six grandsons, Cory Seth Poling of Morgantown, Robert C. Poling and fiancee, Kendra Bowen, of Buckhannon, Ean Shae DeBarr of Fairmont, Daniel Toothman Jr. of Salem, Eric Sherrard and wife, Sarah, and Ryan Sherrard and fiancee, 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.
The Rev. Poling served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War. He was a member of Sand Run Baptist Church in Buckhannon, and he attended the Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church in Buckhannon. He was a former member of Kesling Mill Lions Club. He graduated from the University of Hard Knocks in 1998, was a lay speaker for 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, West Virginia University 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 from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jack M. Bohman officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Hermon Cemetery.
Anyone wishing to make contributions, in lieu of flowers, may do so to 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.