FORT WORTH, Texas – The Rev. George McDaniel "Mack" Cole of Fort Worth passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the age of 88.
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Services will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Visitation will be 2 p.m. Sunday prior to the service. Burial will be 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Deeper Life Ministries, 4014 Lafayette Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, which will carry on the Rev. Cole's ministry at home and abroad.
Soon after his birth in Humble on March 6, 1926, to Louis Southworth and Lillian Bush Cole, the family moved to Marks, Miss. After 10 years, they returned to Refugio where he graduated from high school.
Mack served with distinction in the South Pacific during World War II with the 1st Division and 3rd Division of the Marine Corps. Following the war, he graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. His pastorates included the First Baptist Church of Anna, the First Baptist Church of Lampasas, the First Baptist Church of Snyder, and the Ridglea Baptist Church of Fort Worth.
Retired from full-time ministry in 1981, Mack turned to pioneer mission service in Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Nevada, and Montana. He also served as a volunteer missionary to the Republic of Macedonia in Europe and conducted evangelistic crusades in a number of foreign countries.
In 1991, he moved to Fort Smith, Mont., where he established and served as pastor of the Big Horn Baptist Church, located in the middle of the Crow Indian Reservation where he served faithfully until July 2013. Preaching the Gospel of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was the greatest joy of his life.
Mack was a prolific writer, authored several books, and contributed to various Southern Baptist denominational publications. He served on many state committees and as vice president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He was guest speaker at many conferences, conventions, and college and seminary classrooms and chapel services.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Elizabeth Petree and Margaret Edith Mitchell.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Haas Cole; children, Louis (Pam) Cole of Dallas, Stacy (Pat) Cole, Rachel (David) Bailiff and Miriam Lambert of Fort Worth; stepsons, Michael (Jennifer) Browning and Stephen (Kimberly) Browning; 15 grandchildren; and 17, soon to be 19, great-grandchildren.
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