Jeffrey Lee Cole died peacefully at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland Mississippi on November 20, 2018. He was 89 years old. He was visited frequently by friends and family until he finally slipped away after a brief fight with cancer. He professed his firm belief in his savior Jesus Christ and is now with his Lord in paradise.
Jeff Cole was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 20, 1929. He was raised in Tupelo until he attended Ole Miss, an institution he loved all his life. After Ole Miss, he farmed for 25 years at Moore's Lake Plantation in Schlater, Mississippi.
He was a lay reader and vestry member of the Greenwood's Nativity Episcopal Church where he was involved in the church's prison ministry. He and his wife Dottie Cole were among the first members of the South End Zone at Ole Miss where they enjoyed countless football games until his health prevented him from attending. He was a founding member of the Roadrunners, a dance club at the Greenwood Country Club. He was an avid golfer and tennis player and a member of the Greenwood Supper Club. Jeff returned to Ole Miss later in life to study art and became a prolific painter. Dozens of his paintings are hanging in numerous houses throughout Jackson and Greenwood. Besides farming he had a rich and varied career involving numerous jobs including working for Viking Range and delivering the Northside Sun in his retirement.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy Tucker Cole, his children Lee Cole of Atlanta; Lynn Cole Berman of Greenwood; Libba Cole Shrader of Columbia, South Carolina; Clay Cole Lapasota of Portsmouth, Virginia; grandchildren Taylor Berman of New York; Collin Cole of Atlanta; Betsy Shrader Watts of Charleston, South Carolina; Matt Shrader of Columbia and Satchel Lapasota of Portsmouth, Virginia and great-grandchild Lyon Raymond Watts of Charleston, South Carolina. He is also survived by his step children and grandchildren Terrell and Donna Knight of Jackson and their children Curt, Connell and Lucy Tucker Roberts (David) of Hattiesburg and greatgrandchild Katherine Adelle Roberts of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Also, step children Virginia (Ginny) Knight and John Wyatt Emmerich of Jackson and their children John, Lawrence and Ruth.
There will be a service on Friday November 23 at 4 p.m. at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Family and friends will gather afterward.