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Arden - Ronnie Joe Cole, 72, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late William McKinley Cole and Eva Miller Cole and was also preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Calabrese.
Joe was a graduate of A.C. Reynolds High School and an Army veteran. He was a self employed carpenter and had helped build many fine homes in the Asheville area.
Joe is survived by his wife, Margaret Payne Cole; son, Barry Cole of Troutman, NC; daughter, Cameron Cole Stepp and her husband, Darrin, and their two children, Slayde and Paisley of Fletcher. Also surviving are four sisters, Betty Sorrells, Monica Smith, Gloria Blankenship and Obera Currin and five brothers, Herbert, Dale, Mack, Gene and David Cole.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard followed by a memorial service at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian conducted by the Reverend Ashley Crowder-Stanley. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4200 Morganton Road, Suite 300, Fayetteville, NC 28314.
The memorial register is available at grocefuneralhome.com.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
1401 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 13, 2014