Robert Rhea Cole – Obituary

By  | May 18, 2017 | Filed under: Obituaries, Shackelford Funeral Home

Mr. Robert Rhea Cole departed this life on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Waynesboro, Tennessee at the age of 87 Years, 3 Months, 27 Days. He was born January 20, 1930 in Waynesboro, TN the son of the late Guilford (Bill) Taylor and Mary Lou Daniels Cole. In addition to his parents, Mr. Cole was preceded in death by brothers, James Taylor Cole and David Lynn Cole, sisters, Mary Louise Cole, Doris Jean Cole Klingelhoets, Alma Marie Cole Roverc.

He was united in marriage to Faye Burdett on December 19, 1959. Previously, they had lived in Jackson, MS and Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Cole was a retired principal with the Wayne County School System, former Wayne County School Board member, Waynesboro City Commissioner, and had worked with Allstate Insurance Company. He was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church in Knoxville, Tennessee and the Waynesboro Lodge #127, The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at The University of Tennessee, past president of Sigma Epsilon Omieron, honorary fraternity, and former Lions Club member. Mr. Robert served his country in the United States Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife Faye Burdett Cole of Waynesboro, TN, sons, Robert Rhea (Bobby) Cole of Bath Springs, TN. and Daniel Burdett (Dan) Cole of Clifton, TN., daughter, Patti Rhenee Cole Thompson, husband Marcus Wendell of Athens, AL., grandchildren, Payten Rhenae Cole, husband Derek, Karlee Faith Cole, brothers, Harold Cole, wife Edna of Waynesboro, TN, Jasper J. Cole, wife Rowena of Mesa, AZ.

Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3:30 PM at Shackelford Funeral Directors Chapel in Waynesboro, Tennessee, with Dean Stegall, Paul Coggins, and Richard Rains officiating. Mr Cole was cremated.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to The Alzheimer’s Association.

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