Clifton Addison Poole, Jr. ’56

Clifton Addison Poole, Jr. was born May 21, 1934 in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Statesville and Hickory. He attended Davidson College, graduating in 1956 with a degree in economics. Upon graduation, he followed in his grandfather and father’;s footsteps into the banking industry, joining the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a National Bank Examiner.

In 1974, he was named Examiner-in Charge of the Charlotte Sub-regional Office and then Regional Administrator of National Banks in Richmond, VA and in Memphis, TN. In 1979, he was named Deputy Comptroller of the Currency for the southwestern district in Dallas, TX and then the southeastern district in Atlanta, GA.

Before retirement Clif served as Acting Senior Deputy Comptroller for Bank Supervision Operations in Washington, D.C. where he directed the Office of the Comptroller of Currency’;s six district offices and served as a member of the OCC’s policy group.

In the course of his career he received several awards for excellence and commendations for outstanding achievement from the Department of the Treasury. He took great pride in receiving the Equal Employment Award recognizing his passion and commitment to equal opportunity employment and minority advancement in the Comptroller’;s office. He retired in 1994 when he and his family moved back to Charlotte, NC.

While Clif excelled in the professional world as a banker, he is remembered by family and friends for his artistic interests – drawing, photography, poetry, an eclectic taste in music and an appreciation for high achievement in craftsmanship and mechanical arts as well as a keen and quick sense of humor.

Early in his adult life he was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. He was recently a member of Providence Presbyterian Church, also in Charlotte. Throughout his life he maintained a strong Christian faith.

Clif is preceded in death by his parents Clifton Addison Poole Sr. and Mary Juliet Bristol Poole and his son Clifton Allen Poole.

He is survived by his wife Elaine Slifer Poole and their daughter Laura Catherine Poole of Denver, CO, his daughter Diane Elizabeth Schwarz (Ken Schwarz) of Williamsburg, VA; David Addison Poole (Yvette Poole) of Moncure; Mary Carol Poole (Greg Norton) of Raleigh; and their mother Norma Davis Poole, Richmond, VA and grandchildren Juliet Bristol Schwarz, Hannah Grace Schwarz, Richard Addison Poole, Violet Olivia Poole, and Claire Dawn Poole.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Church Lane, Charlotte.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank at or the USO at Online condolences may be left at

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