Charles C. Cole, 88, of Fountain City, passed away in the comfort of his home, in the presence of his family, on Friday, June 23.
He was born in Nicholasville, Kentucky on December 20, 1928 to Charley and May Daugherty Cole. He served in the US Navy during World War Two. He and the former Ruth Brown were married on October 1, 1948, and they were blessed with three children.
Mr. Cole lived in the Fountain City community since 1968. He was a precision machinist, having worked 29 years at Avco before taking employment with H & P Tool Company and later with Service America, from where he retired. He was a Wayne County Sheriffâs Department Reserve Officer for many years and named Reserve Officer of the Year in 1981.
Mr. Cole was a founding member of the First Baptist Church in Centerville. He was a faithful member of the First Church of Christ in Lynn, where he was a Deacon and past Sunday School superintendent. He was an avid walker and enjoyed gardening. He also enjoyed fishing, working jigsaw puzzles and listening to The Statler Brothers. Above all, he enjoyed time spent with his family and the companionship of his dog, Princess Shelbie Lain.
Mr. Cole will be missed by his wife of 68 years, Ruth Cole; daughters, Debra Hoppe and Cynthia Cole; son, Burton Cole; grandchildren, Michael Cole, David Cole, Sarah Sharits and Kimberly Smith (Pete); eight great-grandchildren; sister, Rachel Lahue; and several nieces & nephews.
Mr. Cole was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law, Pamela Cole; sisters, Hazel Barr, Rosie Barr and Stella Fulton; and brothers, Allen Cole, Burton Cole, Bobby Cole, William Cole and Edward Cole; and a special brother-in-law, Bud Fulton.
Doug Noland and Paul Nichols will conduct a funeral ceremony at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 27 at the Smith-McQuiston & Webster Funeral Home, 321 US Hwy 27, Fountain City. Interment with military rites will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
Family and friends may gather from 5-7 pm on Monday, June 26, at the funeral home.