Obituaries for the Cole Family
Regina Ruth (Godfrey) Cole
HINTON -- Regina Ruth Godfrey Cole, 74, formerly of Soak Creek, died Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, in a Summers County hospital following a long illness. Born Dec. 25, 1923, at Hiawatha, she was the daughter of the late Calvin S. and Betty (Underwood) Godfrey. Mrs. Cole was a homemaker and a member of Covenant Love Family Church in Fayetteville, N.C. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louie Cole; an infant daughter, Karen Ruth Cole; six sisters; and a brother. Survivors include a son, Danny H. Cole of Hinton; two daughters, Jerry L. Leighty of Hinton, Lorraine Marie Anderson and her husband, Bill of Fayetteville, N.C.; four half brothers, Lawrence Godfrey of Winston Salem, N.C., Tommy Godfrey of Sacramento, Calif., Charlie and David Godfrey both of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Anna Katherine Brooks of Princeton; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Sophia, with the Rev. Okey Cox officiating. Friends may call 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to the Covenant of Love Family Church, P.O. Box 53948, Fayetteville, N.C. 28305. Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.
Bonnie B. Cole
NIMITZ -- Bonnie Beatrice Cole, 76, died 9:50 a.m. Thursday, March 18, 1999, at the home of her extended family, Jimmy and Venita Richmond of Sand Knob, following a long illness. Born Sept. 5, 1922, at Streeter, she was the daughter of the late Albert B. and Mary M. Cooper Pack. Mrs. Cole was a lifelong resident of Summers County and a member of the Nimitz Missionary Baptist Church, where she had served as treasurer of the church. She was a retired postmistress of the Nimitz Post Office, following 38 years of service. During this time, she was present at the official dedication of the post office along with Admiral Nimitz and his staff, and she was instrumental in acquiring the new Nimitz Post Office. In the 1940s, she wrote a column for the Hinton Daily News under the pen name "Laurel Temple." She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Harold Cole, on June 30, 1981. Survivors include three sons, William Harold "Billy" Cole and his wife, Sharon, of Nimitz, Willis Mark Cole and his wife, Penny, of Hinton, and Henry Denton Cole and his wife, Mary, of Pipestem; four daughters, Judith Irene Cannon and her husband, Bobby, of Cumberland, Md., Rita Keaton and her husband, Arnold, of Glasgow, Bonnie Gail Tickle and her husband, Floyd, of Nimitz, and Lisa Ann Mullins and her husband, Bobby, of Nimitz; three sisters, Pauline Vest of Daniels, Anna Belle Bennett of White Oak, and Bertha Lilly of Nimitz; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nimitz Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastors Darrell Hamm and Donald L. Hannah officiating. Burial will follow in the Crews Cemetery, Nimitz. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton, and one hour before the services Sunday at the church. Pallbearers will be Bobby and John Cannon, Billy and Derek Cole, J.R. Tickle, and Brad Angell. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton
Albert E. Cole, Jr.
WALTERBORO, S.C. - Albert Ernest Cole Jr., 73, of 4319 Jefferies Blvd., entered into eternal rest Friday, June 25, 1999, at Colleton Medical Center, Walterboro. Born Jan. 25, 1926, in Mead, he was the son of the late Albert Ernest Cole Sr. and Sylvia Ann Shrewsbury Cole. Mr. Cole retired after 18 years of coal mining, and after 24 years of dedicated service he retired from the U.S. Navy in February 1967 and then entered the Naval Fleet Reserve until he retired in November 1974. While in service he served our country during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a mason and member of Pine Grove Baptist Church No. 1. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Cole. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Bonnie June Gills Cole; two sons, John Albert Cole and Phillip Frazier Cole, both of Walterboro; four daughters, Teresa C. Bell of Walterboro, Tonia C. Parks of Lester, Chloe C. Mullens of Coal City and Linda C. Eley of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; seven brothers, Arlie Cole of Tampa, Fla., Richard Cole of St. Louis, Joel Cole, Dale Cole and Carlos Cole, all of Odd, Tommy Cole of Indianapolis and John Cole of Beckley; two sisters, Lorene C. Farley of Odd and Martha C. Qualls of Crab Orchard; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at Pine Grove Baptist Church No. 1 Cemetery, Walterboro.
Howard Cole, Jr.
GAULEY BRIDGE - Howard "Mopey" Cole Jr., 72, of Fayette County, died Friday, March 30, 2001, in Montgomery General Hospital, Montgomery, following a short illness. Born Aug. 4, 1928, at Gauley Bridge, he was the son of Grace Cole of Gauley Bridge and the late William Howard Cole. Mr. Cole was a retied coal miner from Allied Chemical Co., Semet-Solvay Division at Harewood. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lee Cole. Other survivors include three daughters, Karen Newton of Spanishburg, and Cindy Flores and Betty Jo Neil, both of Gauley Bridge; five grandchildren, Jody Johnson, with the U.S. Navy, Danny Flores, with the U.S. Air Force, Emily Lilly of Toronado, Heather Neil of Gauley Bridge and Christina Neil of Gauley Bridge; and two great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pennington Funeral Home Chapel, Gauley Bridge, with the Rev. Joseph G. Law officiating. Burial will follow in the Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.
Thelma D. Cole
Thelma D. Cole, 77, of Crab Orchard, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, in a Beckley area hospital following a long illness. Born Aug. 24, 1923, in Coal City, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Clarence and Ollie Ethel Ryan Wood. Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Gordon Lawrence Cole; a son, David Clarence Cole; and four brothers, Lloyd Otis, Carl Noah, Cecil Eldon and Loren Estel Wood. Survivors include a son, Randy W. Cole of Crab Orchard; four daughters, Carol J. Cole at home, Sandra Furrow of Coal City, Dala F. Rogers of Crab Orchard and Donna Dangerfield of Beckley; three brothers-in-law, Norman Cole, Albert Cole and Ralph M. Cole; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Service will be noon Friday at Sophia Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. George Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Sophia. Pallbearers will be David Dangerfield, James Furrow, Dave, Doug and Daniel Dangerfield and Gary Cole. Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.
Wilmer T. Cole
BELLEPOINT - Wilmer Thurl Cole, 82, formerly of Nimitz, died 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at the VA Medical Center at Beckley following a long illness. Born May 4, 1919, at Jumping Branch, he was the son of the late Ezra Calloway and Ruby Cochran Cole. Mr. Cole had lived most of his life at Nimitz. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II in the North Africa Campaign, was a member of the DAV, and was a 39-year member of the American Legion Post 32 at Beckley. He was also assistant chaplain of the Jumping Branch-Nimitz Senior Citizens and a past member of the Pipestem Ruritan Club. He was a retired auto body mechanic. Mr. Cole was a member, deacon and teacher of the Men's Sunday Class at the Bluestone Baptist Church at Jumping Branch. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 46 years, Mary Lucille Vest Cole; and a son, Douglas Warren Cole. Survivors include his wife, Helen Young Cole; a son, David N. Cole and his wife, Emily Diane, of Pipestem; a sister, Mildred Scott and son, Greg, of Jumping Branch; two grandchildren, Kevin and Melissa Cole; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Dixie Fox and husband, Bill, of Jumping Branch, and Mrs. Drema Turner and husband, Harry, of Hinton; five step grandchildren, Kim Ballard and husband, Steve, Lynn Hutchison and husband, Vaughn, Joy Bowling and husband, John, Mark Fox and wife, Angie, and Pam Cunningham and husband, Alan; and a step grandchild, Matthew Ballard. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bluestone Baptist Church at Jumping Branch with Pastors Bill Fox and Bobby Holcomb officiating. Burial will follow in the L.W. Vest Cemetery at Jumping Branch. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors and one hour before the service Sunday at the church. Pallbearers will be Kevin Cole, Harry Turner, John Bowling, Ben Vest, Rodney Pack and Vaughn Hutchison. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men's Sunday School Class of Bluestone Baptist Church. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.
Edith M Cole
Edith Mae Cole, 77, of Shady Spring, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness. Born Aug. 31, 1924, at Cool Ridge, she was the daughter of the late Steril Carr and Iza Call Carr. Mrs. Cole was a homemaker and a member of the New Haven Baptist Church at Blue Jay Six. She had lived most of her adult life at Shady Spring. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert "Bob" Cole; two grandchildren, Timmy and Jackie Cole; a sister, Thelma Bowling; and three brothers, Lemuel, Lewis and Jack Carr. Survivors include a son, Wilson Cole and wife, Mary, of Shady Spring; a daughter, June Hicks and husband, Thomas, of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Arthur Carr of Princeton; five grandchildren, Angel Owens, Eugene Cole, Teresa Balsley, Brenda Bryant and Michael Hicks; eight great-grandchildren, Timmy Toney, Robert, Sarah and Holly Cole, Megan, Morgan, and Mandy Campbell and Jonathan Bryant; and two loving friends, Barbara and Ashley Wix. Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel with Pastor Greg Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.
Lillie May Cole
Lillie May Cole, 104, of Flat Top, died Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at Tarpin Springs, Fla. Born Oct. 10, 1897, at Flat Top, she was the daughter of the late Luther William Okes and Sarah Frances Lilly Okes. Mrs. Cole was the oldest Lilly at the Lilly Family Reunion for the past 11 years and the oldest member of Flat Top Primitive Baptist Church. She married Richard Dolphus Cole in 1919. He preceded her in death in 1951. She was also preceded in death by a son, Beecher Cole; infant daughter, Frances Ellen; a daughter, Arbutus Fahey Dommestrup; three brothers, Okey and Teddy of Flat Top and Joseph of Princeton; two sisters, Versie Adkins and Clarice Cline; and a great-grandson-in-law, Roger D. Wood Jr., who had been one of her care givers. She attributed her long life to obeying her parents. She was a legend in her own time, living in three centuries. Survivors include four sons, Nelson and wife, Neva, of Shady Spring, Aiphon and wife, Rita, of Polk City, Fla., Kermit of Kenova and Polk City, and Ivan and wife, Wilma, of Manitau Beach, Mich.; a son-in-law, Aksel Dommestrup of Winter Haven, Fla.; a daughter, Cordie Nugen of Flat Top and Holiday, Fla., who, along with her granddaughter, Rebecca Moody of Flat Top, were her care givers; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel with Elder Lewis Lester officiating. Burial will follow in Okes Family Cemetery, Flat Top. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Raymond Nugen, Rick Nugen, Charlie Moody, Lee Nugen, Larry Cole and Josh Spence. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Springs
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