Funeral services for Willie Cole, 83, of Madisonville, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at the Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas. The Rev. Glenn Connor, pastor of Elwood Baptist Church, will officiate the service, and interment will follow in the Ten Mile Cemetery in rural Madison County. A brief visitation will take place from 1-2 p.m. the day of the service.
William Douglas Cole was born on Dec. 12, 1933, in Madison County to Alton Parker and Healon (Pope) Cole. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Tokyo, Japan from 1957-1958. Willie received an associate’s degree from San Jacinto College and a bachelor’s degree from San Houston State University. He worked as a purchasing agent for Folgers Coffee in Houston for 22 years. He also worked as the insurance and financial manager and salesman for Wakefield Chevrolet Dealership. Willie had retired from the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department in January of 2000.
Willie was an endowed member of the Madisonville Masonic Lodge 740 and a past Master Mason. He was also past patron on three separate occasions for the local Order of the Eastern Star #193. He was a faithful member of Union Baptist Church for 64 years where he also served as a Deacon. Willie had been married to his wife, Eunice D. (Holt) Cole, for 37 years and had lived most of his life in Madison and Leon Counties. He passed away on December 2, 2017 in Madisonville, Texas and is preceded in death by both of his parents.
Surviving family members are his wife, Eunice Cole of Madisonville; son, Scott David Cole of College Station; and his mother, Melva Dean Watson McDonald; brothers, Arnold Cole (Helen) of Madisonville and Alton Cutherel “Nap” Cole (Martha) of Bryan; and granddaughter, Nikkie Michelle Cole. Willie is also survived by Jerry Gustavus (Mavis), who was just like a brother to him.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ten Mile Cemetery, 7610 FM 2289, Normangee, TX 77871.
Pallbearers will be members of the Madisonville Masonic Lodge 740.
Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Union Baptist Church.
Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville is in charge of all arrangements. Please visit William's online memorial tribute page at www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com.