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Pool, T. Y.
Mitchell War Veteran Dies
Joined Southern Army When Only 16 Years Old
COLORADO, Sept. 14.---(Spl.)---Taps for the last of Mitchell county's Civil War veterans were sounded Tuesday afternoon when funeral services were held at Westbrook Baptist church for T. Y. Pool, 96, who died at his home in Colorado Monday afternoon at 5:30 after a long illness.
Because he refused to apply for his pension as a Confederate veteran until he "needed it to get along," Mr. Pool was not listed among the county's veterans until about a year ago. A special dispensation from National U. D. C. chapter to present him with a badge of honor after the awarding of such badges had been closed for some time.
One of the greatest disappointments of his later years was his inability to attend the Gettysburg reunion in July. His transportation had already been arranged and his railroad ticket received when a heart attack put him to bed.
Born in Troupe county, Georgia, on November 23, 1847, Pool moved with his family to St. Claire, Alabama, while still a boy. It was from there that he enlisted in the Confederate army at the age of 16, joining Capt. Steward's cavalry. He fought in several sizable battles, though none of them were major affairs of the war. His last battle was near Selma, Alabama, after Lee had already surrendered at Appomattox. He was paroled from Talledega.
After the war the Pools moved to Clay county, Ala., and there October 18, 1868, Mr. Pool was married to Nancy Miller, who survives him. They moved to Texas via immigrant train in 1884, settling on railroad land south of Baird in Callahan county. Mr. Pool farmed and taught school to care for his growing family.
TO MITCHELL IN 1897
The move to Mitchell county was made in 1897. The Pools lived near Westbrook before moving into Colorado three years ago. They observed their sixty-ninth wedding anniversary last October.
Descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Pool honored Mr. Pool with a family reunion on his ninetieth birthday last November. Only four of the seven Pool children are living, these being Mrs. Sam Smartt of Colorado, Mrs. Frank Neesmith of White Swan, Washington, Mrs. Floyd Murphy of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Hoodle Webb of near Colorado.
There are 14 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. Two sisters, Mrs. F. T. Scott of San Angelo and Mrs. B. F. Smith of Weatherford, also survive.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. T. A. Patterson of the Colorado Baptist church and the Rev. E. L. Redden of the Westbrook Baptist church. Mr. Pool had been a Baptist since the age of 21, and a deacon in the church for many years.
Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 15 Sept 1938