James Cole II|
James "Jimmy" Pervis Cole II, 61, a resident of Fairview Heights, Ill., departed this life of Sunday, June 5, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill.
He was born on Jan. 6, 1955, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Mr. and Mrs. James "Pepper" and Mae Helen Cole I, as the third of five children born to this union.
Jimmy was educated in the East St. Louis public schools and was a member of East St. Louis Senior High School Class of 1974. For over 14 years, he served in the United States Army throughout the United States and abroad. Prior to his illness, Jimmy was employed by Senior Service America that provided him opportunities, such as working at St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants and the East St. Louis Housing Authority. Previously, he had worked at the YMCA-Downtown Belleville. Throughout his working life, he had obtained numerous certifications, Jimmy was certified in almost every kind of work that he did!
Jimmy accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized at an early age at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in East St. Louis, Ill., under the pastorate of the late Rev. W.B. Rouse. During his youth and adult life, Jimmy was active in Mt. Zion, where he attended Sunday school, was a member of the youth choir, and served in the Mt. Zion Food Pantry Ministry. Later in life, he united with Victory Church St. Louis in Cahokia, Ill., under the pastorate of Rev. Ronald A. Young.
Jimmy pursued many interests throughout his life. He served for many summers as a certified swim instructor at Lincoln Park in East St. Louis, where he trained many youth of East St. Louis and surrounding areas to swim. Also, he enjoyed helping people to live better for many years and recently, Jimmy will be remembered for his faithful work each week in the Mt. Zion Food Pantry, until his health declined.
One of his main enjoyments was sports....watching, playing, coaching, reading, discussing, collecting....he loved sports. Jimmy collected many, many sports-themed hats and tailgated at almost all of East Side's games with his best friends and several family members.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James "Pepper" and Mae Helen Cole I; a sister, Mrs. Donna, nee Cole, Flowers; his paternal grandparents, Mr. Scott Cole, Mr. and Mrs. Alex and Lydia Lewis; his maternal grandparents, Mr. Samuel Young, Mr. and Mrs. William and Legirtha "Sister" Harper; two aunts, Mrs. Valada Cox and Mrs. Dorothy Greenfield; and his uncle, Mr. R.C. Hill.
Jimmy leaves to cherish his memory, his loving children, Antionette "Monique" (Ronte Sr.) Parker of Belleville, Ill., Jamecia "Nikki" Cole of Shiloh, Ill., Laqueta Hardaway of Memphis, Tenn., James "J.P." Cole III of Belleville, Ill., and Ashleigh Cole of St. Louis, Mo.; devoted fiancee, Cheryl Oliver of Fairview Heights, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; three brothers, Terry (Elyne) Cole, Sr. of Champaign, Ill., Terrell L. Cole, Sr. of Hazelwood, Mo., and Captain Bobby J. (Debra) Cole, Sr. of Belleville, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Wilbur Flowers of O'Fallon, Ill.; an aunt, Mrs. Deloise Hill of East St. Louis, Ill.; an uncle, Dr. Clifford D. (Linda K.) Harper of Gleneden Beach, Oregon; and many dear nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and friends.
Send condolences and view this memorial at www.officerfh.com.
Visitation: Family visitation will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2016, at Officer Funeral Home, 2114 Missouri Avenue, East St. Louis, Ill.
A second visitation will be held from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Victory Church St. Louis, 1400 Camp Jackson Road, Cahokia, Ill., with Rev. Ronald A. Young, Pastor.
Funeral: Homegoing services will commence at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the church with Rev. Darryl K. Cox, eulogist and Rev. Ronald A. Young officiating. Interment service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis, Mo.
OFFICER FUNERAL HOME, East St. Louis, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 12, 2016