Shirley Poole

Obituary of Shirley Tomberlin Poole

Shirley Tomberlin Poole of Columbia, SC, passed away on July 6, 2022, at the age of 85. Shirley was born in Appling County, GA, to Issac Middleton Tomberlin and Mamie Williams Tomberlin. Shirley, affectionately known as "Meema" or "Aunt Shirley," is survived by her husband of 67 years, John Hosea Poole; son Ryan (Anita); grandchildren Blake (Katy) of Columbia, Haley of Greenville, Aaron (Tobi), and Jenna all of Columbia; and great-grandson Camden; numerous nieces and nephews of Surrency and Baxley, GA. She was preceded in death by her son Rick and grandson Nicholas. 

For many years, Shirley owned and operated a hair salon, Tiffany's, in Columbia, SC. She took great pride and joy in her work and cared for her clients as family. She and her husband, John, were members of a bowling league for many years and she hosted many Bunco game nights at her house. She loved to entertain and took much joy in making everyone feel welcome and comfortable. She loved her children, grandchildren, and family in Georgia, and they were always her priority. She looked forward to the times siblings, nieces, and nephews from Georgia would come to visit with "Aunt Shirley" in Columbia. She was happiest when her family was together and almost always insisted on a family picture (which included the "Shirley pose").

A private service for immediate family was held on Friday, July 8, 2022. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to Senior Resources, 2817 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205.

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