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Charles Frederick Cole

Charles Frederick Cole

January 03, 2022

Charles Frederick Cole, age 92, of Greenacres, FL, and formerly of Murphy, NC, and Uniontown, OH, passed away on January 3, 2022, at Palm Beach Gardens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.


“Charlie”, “Chuck”“Buddy” was a man who was a strong, hard working, stubborn, adventurous, caring, loving, protective husband and father.  He loved God and loved all of us by finding ways to help and serve in so many ways. He was the “Charlie” of many trades which gave him the experience needed to do electrical, plumbing, carpentry, tile work, mechanical (cars, planes, buses), auto body repair and painting, business management, sales, church maintenance, fiberoptic line work, construction, electronics, sound engineer, and everything in between.  If he didn’t know how to do something, he asked others or researched it so he could learn how. He had over 12,000 hours flying either his 4-seater Bonanza or other planes, cruised around mountains on his Harley Davidson, boated or dived Lake Erie, lakes in NC, and the waters of South Florida, and enjoyed driving the nicest or unique cars whether it be a Corvette, Mercedes, Cadillac, Lincoln, T-Bucket, Dodge Ram with a Hemi, or his Durango. He spent many years working in sales and  management for Nickles and Holsum Bakeries which included driving the bread trucks, and he drove a custom bus (that he remodeled) for the gospel group, The Singing Hunts, for a few years.


He was born in Isabella, TN, to Alvin and Madie Belle Cole, and had one sister, Jane Hawkins (Ray), and four brothers, Floyd Cole (Janet), James Edwin Cole (Willijean), Leroy Cole (Mary), and Ben Cole, all who are deceased except for brother and sister-in-law (James Edwin, Willijean), and sister-in-law (Janet).


A loving and devoted son, husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather, Charles is survived by his wife, Kathleen of 43 years, his son Larry Cole (Donna) of Solon, OH, daughters Susan Mitchell (Charlie) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Robin Stark (Chuck) of Riviera Beach, FL, and Bonnie Higley (Clint) of Dushore, PA, 20 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.  He joined many loved ones when his residency was transferred to heaven including Eleanor Hazel Cole, his first wife who he was married to for 29 years and passed in 1978, his oldest daughter and son-in-law, Patsy Wagner (Ed), who passed in 2020 (2019), and daughter-in-law, Chris Cole, who passed in 2008. No matter how you came to the Cole family, you became family to Charles.

Charles was blessed to have many in-laws from both of his marriages.  From his marriage to Eleanor Hazel Cole, he is survived by Iva McParlane, Shirley Kee, Marcy (Gerald) Monter, Judy (James) Jennings, and John (Victoria) Kee.  From his marriage to Kathleen Rose Cole, he is survived by Jack Rose, Forest (Linda) Rose, and Bonnie (David) Ibsen.


A celebration of life will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1901 Barbados Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 on Friday, January 7, 2022, at 10:00 am.  In lieu of flowers, please send a check to Emmanuel Baptist Church in memory of Charles Cole towards their sound system.  He served the past four years running the sound for Emmanuel Baptist Church and was in the middle of updating the system for the church, so let’s help complete this system upgrade in his memory.


He will be laid to rest at Royal Palm Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens in West Palm Beach, FL during a private graveside ceremony. Please sign the guest book at www.edgleycremationservices.com.


cathy sheehan - friend

January 5, 2022, 4:26 pm

Larry and Family, what a very interesting and hard working man may god wrap his arms around you all at this very difficult time. I am so glad you all have such happy and wonderful memories of this wonderful person what a life he lived.

God Bless you all


Robin Stark - Daughter

January 5, 2022, 5:57 pm

We are strong because he was strong. We work hard because he worked hard while raising us. We love much because he loved us much. We have a faith in God because he taught us about a faith in God. We are stubborn and strong willed because he was.  Good and the bad…we are who we are today because we’ve got our Daddy in us.

I’m already missing you, but know you’re having a blast with Jesus and all our family and friends who were waiting for you…..not to mention Peter, Paul, Jonah, Moses, John, Matthew, Ruth, Luke, Esther, David Abraham and all the other Bible greats…..so many!

Love you Daddy! See you in heaven someday.

Patte Tucker

January 5, 2022, 6:59 pm

Please accept my deepest sympathy. The loss of a loved one is difficult. Just remember God can see you through it all.

Marie & Michelle Mitchell - Mother & sister to Chuck Stark

January 5, 2022, 7:42 pm

Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you who morn the loss of Charles a much beloved family member and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you celebrate his life and as you lay him to eternal rest. God bless you all and grant you His healing peace.

Jeanette Hedrick - Church friend

January 5, 2022, 10:27 pm

Charlie was a friend and fellow church member at Ranger Baptist Church in Murphy, NC when he and Kathy lived here. We attended his 80th birthday celebration at our Family Life Center. Charlie helped built a huge addition to our home and did an outstanding job as he did in whatever he attempted. We are blessed to know Charlie and Kathy and their families. May God be with all now and the days ahead.
Jim & Jeanette Hedrick
Murphy, NC

Donna Brannock - Friend

January 6, 2022, 12:09 am

So sorry to hear the passing .We first met Charley and Kathy when we were members of Ranger Babtist Church.

David/Rosemary Deioma - In-laws of Larry Cole

January 6, 2022, 12:16 am

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Charlie Cole. He was an amazing man, loved by all. David and Rosemary Deioma

Andrea Hawkins - Friend

January 6, 2022, 12:17 pm

So sorry for your loss. Praying for the family.

Susan and Ray Pimienta - Work Colleague

January 7, 2022, 11:12 pm

Dear Robin and the Stark/Cole Family,

Sending you our deepest condolences. Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. May God’s love comfort and bless you right now. Such a beautiful obituary which shared the incredible life he led, we are sure his soul is at peace and in heaven right now. We will be sending a check to Emmanuel Baptist Church for their sound system in memory of Charles Cole.

With warm thoughts and prayers,

Susan & Ray Pimienta

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