Wiley (Butch) Poole
15031 Wooferton Drive
Home: (804) 818-2403
Cell: (804) 304-3244
What song most reminds you of your school days?
It's All In The Game ~ by Tommy Edwards (Not my favorite but definitely reminds me of my school days)
What teacher most influenced you?
I can't honestly say that I was influenced by any particular teacher unless it would be Coach Etter (Math) and Mr. Fletcher (auto mechanics) and their paddles.
Yes, there have been a few but most of the paths I've chosen since graduation have been good ones. There has been only one that I regret but even that choice had a silver lining. As for regrets from high school, I regret that I never put much thought or planning into my future. And I regret that I was so wrapped up in a particular girl in school that I never took the opportunity to make friends and date some of the other girls that I was interested in. From the words of a Rod Stewart Song: "I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger!"
Fondest memories of your days at Central:
|My life since graduation:
Hmm, let's see…Well, 4 days after graduation, Becky (Carver) and I were married and in 1963, our son, Gregory Allan, was born. I was working in a grocery store bringing home $44 a week and we lived with Becky's parents.
In 1963 I went to work at DuPont and worked for them for 38 + years. While working shift work at DuPont, I started taking classes at Chattanooga State Technical Institute in 1967 working toward an Associate degree in computer systems technology. Before I completed the course, I was promoted to supervisor at DuPont and temporarily gave up my goal to become a computer systems analyst. Becky and I divorced in 1968.
I had 14 happy and wonderful years of bachelor life before I found the love of my life and remarried in 1982. Nancy and I were married in April 1982 and I got a transfer to the DuPont plant in Richmond, Virginia in June of that year. We joined the Richmond Ski Club shortly after moving to Richmond and have enjoyed many ski trips with the club. We've skied in Montana, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, British Columbia Canada, Banff Canada, France, Italy, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and (of course) Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I love to ski and we have made many great friends on our ski trips.
In 1985 I got into the computer field and finished my career at DuPont in January 2002 as a computer analyst and supervisor working in the Tyvek division.
like only yesterday that I was a young skinny kid with lots of dark
hair... fresh out of high school, strolling down that long hallway at
Chattanooga DuPont to get my first pair of safety shoes. I never
dreamed back then that my life would take the turns it has taken and I
would wind up in Richmond Virginia working with computers so many years
later. For the most part, life has been good and I'm now looking
forward to many years of retirement.
I'm looking forward to attending every reunion possible from now on.
Nancy has worked for the Phillip Morris company here in Richmond for the last 10 years and she plans to retire (hopefully in May of this year). We have decided to move back to Chattanooga. We've been to Chattanooga several times in the last few months looking for houses and we would like to settle in Ooltewah. There are a lot of obstacles that we will have to overcome in order to make this big move happen and who knows how or when it will all come together. Housing in the Chattanooga area seems to be more expensive than it is in Richmond. I'm guessing the new VW plant may have something to do with that especially in Ooltewah.
We have to get our house ready to sell, put it on the market and wait for a buyer in a very bad housing market. Once the house is sold, we will be in a big rush to find a new house and get all of our belongings moved to Chattanooga. It won't be easy and we don't look forward to this ordeal but the prospects of being back home make it all worth while. Can't wait to be back in Chattanooga!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion in October. Fifty years....WOW!
Today (August 28) is a significant day for me. On this date in 1963 I started my career with DuPont and on this date in 1983 I quit smoking. Both of those decisions have worked out for me and I will say that the smoking thing is one of my proudest accomplishments.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at our 55th next year.
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