Winton Poole, the former mayor of Cornelius who served a six-month, interim term in 1999, died Jan. 8 at the Harris Hospice Unit at Presbyterian Hospital after a brief illness.Poole was twice elected to the Cornelius town board. In May 1999, the Cornelius Town Board appointed Poole mayor following the resignation of Mayor Wes Southern. Southern had resigned when he bought a home outside the Cornelius town limits. The town’s statute requires the mayor to live in Cornelius.Poole served as mayor through December 1999.The 85-year-old was a proponent of eliminating substandard housing in north Mecklenburg County. Poole served as an Our Towns Habitat for Humanity director and an ElectriCities board of directors member.He also helped found the “WIMPS” in Davidson. The group “We’re Intent on Making Progress Slowly” met once a week at The Soda Shop, initially to socialize, but ultimately to raise funds and friends for charitable causesIn 2005, Poole Place, the subdivision off Bailey Road, was named in his honor. Poole’s funeral service was Jan. 14 at Providence Methodist Church.
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
Former mayor, community activist, dies
Winton Poole served 6 months in 1999
Winton Poole was twice elected to the Cornelius town board. In May 1999, the Cornelius Town Board appointed Poole mayor following the resignation of Mayor Wes Southern.