Cole died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 11, 1926, in Martha, Okla., to Walter Samuel and Nettie Mae (Bledsoe) Cole, he married Jessie Mae Hardee Sept. 6, 1947, in Decatur. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Hopewell and was a member of Greenwood Church of Christ.
Cole was preceded in death by brothers Milliard Cole, Bob Cole and George Cole; and sister Lucille Grimes.
He is survived by his wife; sons Sammy Cole and Clyde Cole, both of Greenwood; sisters Ruth Phillips of Corsicana and Edna Windsor of Florida; granddaughter Courtney Fletcher and husband, Chris, of Greenwood; grandson Bodie Cole and wife, Shannon, of Greenwood; great-grandchildren Mylee Fletcher and Cash Cole, both of Greenwood; and nieces and nephews.