Funeral service for Mr. Billy Dean Cole, age 85 of Summertown, TN will be conducted on March 11, 2020 at 1PM at Summertown Church of Christ with Chris Cole, Bro. Artie Collins, and Bro. Don Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Wrights Cemetery, beside his late wife, Vilda Stewart Cole.
Billy was born on May 17, 1934 in Old Hickory, TN to the late Edmon Brown Cole and Lyndal Reed Cole. His family moved to McBurg when he was 9 years old and he was so proud to call McBurg his home. He was a graduate of Boonshill High School, Class of 1952, and a member of the Summertown Church of Christ. Mr. Cole sold insurance door to door for many years and preached at several Church of Christ congregations in Lincoln and Giles County, and Northern Alabama (Howell, State Line, Liberty, Beech Hill, and Oak Grove) for approximately 45 years. He was an avid fisherman who was always on the hunt for a shellcracker, bluegill, or catfish. In his early years he enjoyed quail hunting with his buddy Jimmy Cox, Kevin Hammons, his family, and the late Art Porter. Mr. Cole passed away at Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Columbia, Tn on March 8, 2020, “The Lord’s Day”.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Brenda Gray Cole of Summertown, TN; his sons Jeffrey Cole of Lewisburg, TN, Kevin Cole of Fayetteville, TN, Chris (Lora) Cole of Lawrenceburg, TN, and Step-Son, Stuart Towry of Lawrenceburg, TN; grandchildren, Lisha Cole of Madison, AL, Austin Cole of Fayetteville, TN, William (Kayla) Cole of Hazel Green, AL, Morgan Cole, Jessie Cole and Andrew Cole of New Market, AL, Sadie Grace Cole and Sophie Cole of Lawrenceburg, TN, and step-granddaughter, Morgan Towry of Summertown, TN; great-grandchildren, Kyleh Cole, Taylor Cole, Gabriel Cole, Alyssa Bailey, Raegan Cole, Riley Cole, and Braxton Cole; sister, Frances (Bill) Crouch of Franklin, TN; nephews, Steve Crouch and Ken Crouch; niece, Jan Marshall.
Visitation with the family will be from 5 PM to 7 PM on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Higgins Funeral Home, Fayetteville, TN and 12PM to 1PM on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Summertown Church of Christ, Summertown, TN.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Summertown Church of Christ or your favorite charity.
The family would like to thank his many caregivers at Morning Pointe who were so attentive to his needs, Compassus Palliative and Hospice Staff who cared for him, and the family also appreciates his many doctors and nurses who saw him through his different needs of care and took time to listen to his comical humor. He never met a stranger and will be missed by many.
Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Billy Dean Cole.
I am so sad to hear of Billy’s passing. He was full of cute humor and we all enjoyed him and Brenda. Many years, we met monthly with Fostoria Glass Society of TN at different members homes. It will never be the same without Billy and the good times.
It was a pleasure to know Mr. Billy, we’re thinking of you with thought’s and prayers.
Brenda I am so sorry for your loss. I really should have been checking in with you more often. Love you. Will touch base with you very soon.
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in my prayers.
Just learned about your father’s death. Jimmy and I are thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time. So many good memories of you and your Dad on the baseball field over the years. May God Bless and Comfort You All!
When I knew him he was called Bill — !!! That was before he graduated from Boonshill school in 1952 and I graduated in 1953. We played basketball together at Boonshill for 3 years, both of us playing guard. Many, many memories from those years, God Bless — !!!!
Our thoughts and prayers for Brenda& Family. Billy was one of a kind.Always,made us laugh, He was Righteous man.
Dear Family, Our love and sympathy goes out to all of you at this time. I was 7 years old when Aunt Vilda married Uncle Bill. Over the years, I spent a lot of time in their home as they did ours when I grew up entertaining the boys when they were young, at singings, playing rook and games and learning the Bible at Uncle Bill’s feet. I still have the book of notes on Revelation where he studied with our class when we were teens. Bobby and I was with him the first time we realized that we wanted to date, and he later married us. Uncle Bill has been special in so many lives just as he was ours. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are that Brenda, his sons and the family will find peace and comfort as they adjust to the changes in their lives and always remember the great impact he made on so many lives. May your good memories be passed on to your children and grandchildren! Our love, Wanda and Bobby Williams
One of my earliest memories was of Billy Cole when he was just a young man, not yet married. He worked at Serbin with my mom and dad, and on Fridays after work, he would stay in town, come to our house to shower and shave before going on a date with some lucky gal. He would always pick at me and smile. Good times. My sincere condolences to his family.
Brenda, my sincere condolences at this sad time. May sweet memories be comforting to you in the days ahead.
Sorry to hear of Billy’s passing . We at Howell always loved him.
My deepest sympathy to Brenda and Bill’s sons and their families. Billy D as he was often known and I became quite close after I married Willa Dean Stewart in 1965. We spent many days fishing for crappie and jug fishing for catfish at several lakes around this area including Wilson Reservoir in Alabama. Bill was certainly God’s faithful servant while here on earth. God bless Billy D’s family.
We had lots of fun times with Billy and Brenda. He married me and my husband. I know he will be greatly missed. My prayers for the family for their loss.
Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Remember many singings, meetings and church gathers with him.
May God’s peace be with your family