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Michael John Poling

August 8, 1952 — December 24, 2020

Michael John “Mike” Poling, 68, owner of Poling Construction, died Thursday, December 24, 2020 at his home in Columbia. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors are assisting the family with arrangements. The family suggests memorials to Tennessee FFA, P.O. Box 5034, Cookeville, TN 38505 , Tennessee Tech University, 1 William L. Jones Drive, Cookville, Tn 38505, Elks Lodge # 686, P. O. Box 768, Columbia, TN 38402, or Maury County 4-H, 10 Public Square, P. O. Box 415, Columbia, TN 38402. Condolences may be extended online at www.oakesandnichols.com. Born August 8, 1952 in Van Wert County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Paul Richard “Dick” Poling and the late Helen Hiller Poling. In 1967, he moved to Columbia, where he was a 1970 graduate of Columbia Central High School and then attended Columbia State Community College. While owning Poling Construction, he also worked for Bonanza Barns and Banner Barns. Mike was known for his sense of humor, practical jokes, and love of aggravating people. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Poling also enjoyed traveling back to Van Wert, Ohio. Mr. Poling loved raising and showing livestock, riding horses, cooking, canning, visiting the Amish, and going to auctions and estate sales. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and Bucky’s Round Table. Survivors include his son, Jay (Katie) Poling of Columbia; daughter, Linton Poling of Columbia; brothers, Frank (Holly) Poling, Jim (Connie) Poling both of Columbia; granddaughter, Lannon Brooks Poling of Columbia; sisters-in-law, Debbie Poling of Maryville, Tennessee; Micki Poling of Columbia; special friend, Dawn Hudson; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins; and mother of his children, Teresa Pigg Poling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Robert “Bob” Poling. The family would like to give a special thanks to his caregivers.

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