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Helen Lee Johnson

December 18, 1934 ~ October 28, 2020

Services will be held: November 1, 2020

Naomi Jeanette Hord Thornton

April 12, 1932 ~ October 28, 2020

Services will be held: Private

Allyson Nicole Puskar

September 20, 1980 ~ October 25, 2020

Services will be held: November 7, 2020

Vara Hayes Fish

September 22, 1930 ~ October 27, 2020

Services will be held: October 30, 2020

Wayne Beale Lewter, Sr.

July 20, 1939 ~ October 27, 2020

Services will be held: October 31, 2020

Justin Tyler White

November 09, 1990 ~ October 22. 2020

Services will be held: November 8, 2020

Madge Lorraine Conis Creasy

Dec. 2, 1922 ~ Oct. 25, 2020

Services will be held:

Bonifacio Diego Gomez

June 5, 1974 ~ October 24, 2020

Services will be held: October 28, 2020

Leland Wayne Poole

09/11/1944 ~ 06/12/2018

“A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.” -R. Buckminster Fuller
Leland Wayne Poole the Designer. He lived using every part of his mind, soul, and heart of gold as a problem solver with unique, brilliant, and gentle ability to see facets for solutions and beyond.

Born at home in Auburn, NC on September 11, 1944, Wayne belonged to a loving family noted for producing strong individualists inclined toward involvement, Christian faith, community, and public service.

Wayne Poole loved life together with his wife, Nancy, and their family that includes: daughter, Adair Poole, her husband, Jose Luis Romero, and grandson, Daniel; daughter, Carly Penny, her husband Grant, and granddaughter Emaline; brother, James Wayland Poole, his wife, Harriet, nephew, Brandon Poole, his wife, Andrea and grandniece, Maggie.

He was always inventing, building, and making life better with inspiration or hilarious gotcha Wayne jokes. His passion attracted fellow designers and builders to work with all their strength and play together like nobody else. An amazing company, built on the essence of integrity, was created. The company, Design Dimension, Inc., celebrated its golden 50th year anniversary in May 2017.

Wayne showed his love of creating through the different businesses and clubs he helped found over the years. He and his wife were instrumental in establishing Kennebec Flying Club airport in Angier and they both enjoyed life as pilots. Together, they built The Golf Academy in Auburn. Wayne was also an avid sailor and for many years enjoyed being a part of Oriental Yacht Club. Porsche driving and romantic, revved-up motorcycle sunset cruises will go on forever.

Over the years, many of us have come to ‘cool’ Wayne for loving care, belly laughter, and please-can-you-build-this-with-me time.
Leland Wayne Poole passed away in the morning of June 12, 2018, surrounded by his wife, daughters, brother and sister-in-law.
The family will hold a celebration of life on June 23, 2018 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 3000 E. Garner Rd, Raleigh, NC. Visitation will begin at 10:30 am with the celebration of life beginning at 11:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to:
Mt. Mount Moriah Baptist Church- building fund
NC State University College of Design- choose ‘Industrial Design Fund for Excellence’



10:30 - 11:30 AM

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church



11:30 AM

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church


  1. Vincent Foote


  2. Miriam and Bruce Sauls

    We were so saddened to hear that the world has lost such a bright and shining presence. We are out of the country so we cannot attend visitation or the funeral, but please know we are there in spirit and adored Wayne and were always inspired by him. Love, Miriam and Bruce Sauls

  3. Breshnaa Zalal Martin

    I always referred to him as Wayne Cool. He always brightened my day when he would come by for a visit. He will and is missed and I’m a lucky person for knowing him.

  4. Carlton and Angela Whitaker

    Prayers for the Family!
    Love the Whitakers

  5. Craig Fitzpatrick


  6. Casey Herbert - Kathy Bennett

    Glad I was part of Wayne’s community of friends. He will be missed by us all, and we will all carry that which he shared with us forward. Love to the family.

  7. Lynne Wogan

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. I wish I had known Wayne better, but it is clear he had excellent taste and judgment marrying Nancy, one of my favorite people ever. He will be missed

  8. Richard Byrum

    The Byrum family extends their sincerest heartfelt sympathy. Please know Richard is thinking about you!

  9. Beth and Walston Peters

    Dear Nancy,
    What a joy it was to get to know Wayne over the last few years! He always greeted us with such warmth, a big smile, and a fun loving spirit. We will forever be grateful for all that he taught Betsy since she joined the DDI team. He will be missed so much by all those whose lives he touched. Our prayers are with you and your family in the days ahead.
    With love,
    Beth and Walston

  10. Jim Smith

    Wayne, what a heart of gold! You’ll be sorely missed by many in this world, now you are on to the next.

  11. David B Cameron

    Oh No-o-o-o. Wayne one of my absolute most favorite people so naturally I figured he would live forever, or at least longer than me! He was one of the smartest, most creative, caring, and fabulous humans on planet earth. I emailed the 11th him over a KidSenses thing….. crying now…..

  12. Steve Kerchner

    One spring day I was doing repairs on my shrimp boat, it was a hot, things weren’t going well. This guy in black leather biker gear comes riding up, and starts yapping at me about how he really wants a job on a shrimp boat, yada yada yada. It had been awhile since I’d seen Wayne, he was all dude-ed up in shades and gear, talking a mile a minute. He totally fooled me until I almost lost my cool, then started laughing as Nancy drove up with the truck and trailer. He “Wanye’d” me pretty doggone good. I didn’t get to see him often, but the stories and laughs were always great. He was one of the sure enough alive people. Very sad that he left us far too soon.

    Steve Kerchner
    Gale Touger

  13. Philip Szostak

    Oh Wayne, I weep for you and specially Nancy. We just talked about cars and fishing and sailing the Neuse River. Who can I talk to now? Its going to be hard. I will miss you greatly.

  14. Bob Chalou

    Very sad news indeed. Alot of great times and many long nights working at DDI!

  15. Tim & Simmie Lowery

    May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. May angels walk with you today and always.

  16. Jill Thomas Cone

    I worked with Wayne for many years at DDI and he has a very special place in my heart. I always say that he is one of my five people you meet in heaven” because he was a huge influence in my life. I learned SO much from him. He was such a fun person and so full of life! My heart goes out to you Nancy. And Carly and Adair and all of your family. I know you will miss him forever. Love to you.

  17. Chris and Janice Jordan

    Knowing and working with Wayne was a wide open adventure every day. Lots of great memories. Thinking about you Nancy and Adair and Charlie. We’ll miss him!

  18. Anne Taylor

    Jim never came close to having a better friend and creative collaborator than Wayne. Wayne’s brilliance, bolstered by his energy and open-mindedness, brought the best out of Jim – and deeply touched our sons. James and Vincent have vivid memories of times at DDI so wild and wonderful that deeply impacted their own creative, adventurous spirits and serves them well today. I’m so truly grateful for the privilege of knowing Wayne and Nancy and the girls – in their presence you felt their love for each other. I’m not especially religious, but I weep thinking perhaps Jim and Wayne are somewhere together now conniving… creating…chuckling.

  19. Dave Banko

    What an incredible man. It was an honor to get to work next to him many years ago. He was someone you could truly look up to.

  20. Neil an Frances Goddard

    Our heart felt sympathy and love to you. Wish we could be there.
    Love Neil and Frances

  21. Wiley Price

    Leland was the best person I have ever known!

  22. Lonnie "Craven" and Carol Poole

    Wayne’s life defined “exciting” and his obituary was right on the mark. Wayne was one of many Pooles who left the Auburn community, but he returned to restore the Wayland Poole homeplace where I and several of our cousins were born. Most recently he and Nancy restored the Leland Poole homeplace where he was born and raised. His work on these two homes brought back happy memories about the beginning of a creative life well-lived.

  23. Steve and Crystal Buehler

    We are going to miss our neighbor very much! Wayne was always helpful, positive, and always made us laugh. He was a very important part of Auburn, but his legacy will live on thru his family, friends, and his life’s work. Much love !

  24. Wade Brickhouse

    One of my very most favorite people, crushing news. Big hugs to you Nancy.

  25. Neil an Frances Goddard

    Love and Prayers, sorry we can’t be there for you.

  26. Esperança Ferreira Romero

    Thank you Wayne for giving the Romero family your wonderful daughter Adair. We thoroughly enjoyed the few times spent with your family in Raleigh. Your creativity and humor have a place in our hearts.

  27. Neil an Frances Goddard

    Love and prayers, so sorry Neil just not able to come .

  28. Richard Michael

    Inspired by the depth of his perception, impressed by his many skills, always glad to talk with him and thankful that he was surrounded by a loving family, I am fortunate to have known Wayne. He was a good friend.

  29. Sherri

    I am blessed to have known Wayne Poole , always a great visit and many laughs when with he and Nancy, always in our prayers.

  30. Tom and Chris Hayes

    Working for Wayne at DDI is one of my favorite life experiences. He was as interested in providing a collaborative creative outlet for the employees as he was driven to accomplish the often challenging end goals. The steady flow of talented people coming to Wayne for help with their projects was a testament to his energy, knowledge and generous spirit. Chris and I will always be thankful for Wayne and Nancy’s friendship extending well beyond the workplace. We will miss you Wayne.

  31. Mike Cindric & Susan Toplikar

    To begin, our deepest condolences to Nancy, Adair, and Carly, and to the entire Poole family. We’ve been lucky enough to share laughter and love with each of you for the past 20+ years. These have been the best years of our lives, and we have Wayne to thank for such a gift. Please know that we are with you in this very difficult time, and we will be with you forever.

    About Wayne … he had a breath of interests that made people gravitate to him like moths to the light. He was fluent in design, architecture, engineering, the fine arts, fabrication, materials, manufacturing, flying, sailing, cycling, and all things Harley Davidson and Porsche. But more than being a talker, Wayne was a creative problem solver … a thinker, an inventor, and a doer. Behind his bushy eyebrows and furrowed brow lied a curious mind, a creative fervor, and need to ‘figure things out’. Wayne’s quest for knowledge lead him to be the consummate tinkerer; a hand’s-on guy, a maker’s maker, and a crafty crafter. Even though his approach reflected an ‘old school’ education, Wayne welcomed modernity with open arms. His work reflected an appreciation for craftsmanship, a respect for precedent, an honesty toward materials, and an acceptance of various ways of problem-solving.

    Above all else, Wayne lived life with gusto and spirit, and loved with all of his heart.

    We are all richer for having known Wayne Poole.

    Mike Cindric & Susan Toplikar

  32. George and Janice Hollomon

    From the moment Wayne walked in DDI’s workshop you could sense he wasn’t just a temporary hire. He was a fountain of ideas to make IBM’s scanner vision come to life. Jim and Wayne soon became a problem solving duo which would set DDI on the road to success. When the project was finished Wayne stayed. And the rest is history.
    Wayne was a true creative spirit, interested in everything and an always something new to learn approach to life. We’ll miss the lunchtime blue sky conversations and more down-to-earth fabrication advice. He’s still very much alive in memory.
    To Nancy and daughters, our deepest sympathy. We’ll miss him.

  33. Kevin and Nancy Schultz

    It can be hard not saying goodbye, but then I think, it’s not goodbye, just see you later. Like everytime leaving DDI, “We’ll see you later Kevin.” “OK, take it easy Wayne.” Never mattered how frazzled you might be when you came in, with Wayne, there was always a sense of calm. Of course, we’d need something done in a hurry and the plans weren’t completed and the material was probably going to be this, or maybe this… Wayne would be sitting in his office and he’d get you to sit down, then show one of the new things he and the team had made for a project or a new part from the latest 3D printer or an old picture from some design book…. in minutes you were calmed down and then he would say, let’s take a look at what you’re tryin to do here…

    Awesome person. Always a smile, a little joke, and a laugh. Always willing to help and share. Always surrounded by a good team of good people. Always generous on many levels. Always cool…

    Thank you for being an influence on my life and allowing me to share a little bit of yours… You are missed… and we are out in CA for Bailey’s graduation, so we will miss this too, though our thoughts are with Nancy and the rest of your family and many, many friends…

  34. C. Drake MacNair

    I only knew Wayne for a short time, but we were fast friends and I enjoyed many hours of conversation with him. His creative insights, humor, curiosity and positivity were infectious and made him a very interesting and gratifying person to spend time with. I will miss him, as I’m certain many others will.

  35. Otis and Betty Richardson

    To Nancy and Family. We are so sorry for your loss. I knew Wayne for over a year and i can truly say that he was a good man. God called him home and we know that God does not make mistakes. As for you remember Psalms 23. God bless you and the Family.

  36. vernessa foelix

    I want to send my sympathy to Nancy, Adair, and Carly, and to the Poole family. My thoughts are with you. I am sorry to be away and not able to come to the service and see you after many years. I remember Wayne’s big personality, warmth and humor.

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