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Charles "Coach" L. Coles, 71, of Oxford, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 at his residence. He was born February 6, 1942 in Springfield, OH to Charles and Mary (Pettiford) Coles. He attended Miami University from 1960-1965. Coach Coles had a teaching and coaching profession that spanned over 47 years. At Miami, he was an Assistant Basketball Coach from 1994-1996, and the Head Coach from 1996 until retirement in 2012. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, brother Phillip Coles and sister Annette Richardson. He is survived by his beloved wife Delores (Jackson) Coles; 2 children Chris Alan (Robin) Coles and Mary Alexandra (Craig) Bennett; 4 grandchildren, Tyson, Taya, Charles J. (CJ) Coles, Jazz Bennett; Brother Donnie Coles, mother-in-law Vernice Turner and a host of other relatives, coaches and colleagues. A visitation will be held Thursday June 13 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm at Millett Hall, Miami University followed by the funeral service beginning at 1:00 pm. Charlie will be laid to rest in the Oxford Cemetery. Donations may be made to the
, OH Valley Affiliate, PO Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216-3549 or to Coaches vs. Cancer, C/O
, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Condolences may be expressed online at: www.oglepaulyoungfuneralhome.com
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on June 12, 2013