JOE WELDON COLE, born in DeRidder, LA, February 15, 1936, died Wednesday, January 8, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Jessie Cole, and sister, Sandra Sutter.
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He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jeannine Payne Cole; daughters Jennifer Adams and Joell Bartsch and husband Jeffery; sisters Brenda Sotomayer and Sharon McClelland; grandson Ciaran Adams; granddaughters Mackenzie Bartsch and Kasi Bartsch; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe graduated from Industrial High School in Vanderbilt, TX, and went on to the University of Texas in Austin. He bled orange. Joe started a career in the oil and gas industry in 1957 beginning with a 33-year employment at Tennessee Gas Transmission (eventually Tenneco International) during which he located and relocated a number of times between Louisiana, California, and Texas, all while traveling overseas during his profession. After working in the oil industry for over 37 years, he founded Corporate Providers and Old West Melodrama Productions. After being transferred to California in 1978, Joe became active in youth sports, particularly with the Bakersfield Soccer Club and Bobby Sox Softball Club. Upon returning to Texas, he continued his involvement in youth sports winning the state soccer tournament in 1988 for under 16-year old boys.
Joe's interests are almost too numerous to list, but included all sports, sports cars, sciences (especially geology), the outdoors, fishing, and music. One of Joe's greatest loves, especially in recent years, was theater, most especially in melodrama that led to his interest in forming the theater company Old West Melodrama Productions. He will forever to affectionately known to the melodrama family as "The Villain."
Friends may visit with Joe's family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 10, at Klein Funeral Home, Champions, where a funeral service will also be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11. Immediately following a brief graveside service at Klein Memorial Park on SH 249, there will be a celebration for Joe at Puffabelly's Restaurant, 100 Main Street, Old Town Spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to any
Klein Funeral Home - Champion Forest
16131 Champion Forest Drive Spring, TX 77379
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 10, 2014