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  1. 1. Richard Cole, Sr.ORDER OF SERVICE Most of us look upon death as a dark and gloomy occurrence in our lives, but the death of the righteous is at time for celebration. Such in the case with Mr. Richard Cole, Sr. He walked through the valley of death and into God’s light on theCommittal and Blessings morning of October 17, 2011, at 8:11 a.m. at home in Chattanooga with his loving wife of 13 years, Mattie R. Cole. He was born to the Pastor Ronnie Bullard late John and Stella Cole on September 16, 1936, in Jackson, Tennes- First Baptist Church of Washington Hills see. Pastor Alexander J. Bullard At an early age, he accepted Christ as his personal Savior, and Greater Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church practiced in the baptist faith. Richard joined the United States Navy after finishing high school. During his enlistment in 1956, he fought in the Korean War. Pastor Bethel Hendricks Greater Saint Mary CME He loved hunting and fishing. For 23 years, he was employed by Mahand of Chattanooga, and for 11 years he was employed by Pastor Mary Hendricks Wheland Foundry. Hamlett Chapel CME He is preceded in death by his father and mother, John and Stella Cole; sisters, Anna Bell Dunn and Dorothy Mae Bransford; sons, Archie Cole, Calvin Cole, Charles Cole and Richard Cole, Jr.; and his first wife, Carrie Sue Cole. He leaves behind a loving wife, Mattie R. Cole; sons, Jerry and Gray Cole (Chattanooga); stepson, Stanley Smith (Chattanooga); daugh- ter, Yvonne Cole (Lexington Park, Maryland (Navy)); stepdaughter, Tina Bailey (Chattanooga); brothers-in-law, Willie Bailey and Herbert Bailey (both of Atlanta, Georgia); sister-in-law, Ethel Bailey (Chatta- nooga); grandchildren, Johnathon, Monique, Dominique, Lattimore, Richard Cole, III, Calvin Cole (all of Chattanooga), Nicole Rucker, Charles, and Charshawn Allen (all of Cleveland, Ohio); step-grandchil- Arrangements provided by dren, Marquita Barnes and Latoya Barnes-Jackson (both of Chatta- John P. Franklin Funeral Home nooga), Kenneth Flint, Michelle Flint; nephew, Reginald Bailey, as well 1101 Dodds Avenue as many other nieces and nephews. Chattanooga, TN 37404
  2. 2. In “TRIBUTE” Loving God saw that he was suffering And the hills were hard to climb: Memory He gently closed those loving eyes And whispered, “Please Be Thine.” He kindly deeds, his words of wisdom He thoughtfulness and consideration These will long be remembered As a source of unfaltering inspiration. He will never be forgotten Though on earth he is no more, But a memory he is with us As always before. ACKNOWLEDGMENTSThe family wishes to acknowledge with great appreciation themany expressions of love, concern and kindness during their time of bereavement. Richard Cole, Sr. May God bless you! September 16, 1936 - October 17, 2011 Graveside Service Friday, October 21, 2011, 10:00 a.m. Chattanooga National Cemetary 1200 Bailey Avenue Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404