Randy Morris Cole, 66, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Knoxville, passed away at his home on Monday, March 31, 2014, after courageously battling cancer.
Randy had been an active member of the United Methodist Church, having attended Craft Memorial United Methodist in Columbia, Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Knoxville and most recently Mandarin United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Randy had an everlasting love for his wife, Judy; they met when they were children, fell in love in their early teenage years, married when Randy was 18, and have been loving each other deeply ever since. After marrying Judy, Randy attended and then graduated from Memphis State University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for 30 years at TVA in Kingston. He was an avid fan of the Big Orange and enjoyed reading, golfing, practical jokes, camping, family and especially spoiling his nine grandchildren. Randy also especially enjoyed his time as a Stephen Minister at Mandarin UMC.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Annie Cole.
Randy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judy Cole; daughters, Christie Boruff and husband Jeff, Knoxville, Stephanie Dunn and husband Mark, Knoxville, Meagan Heineman and husband Craig, Jacksonville, and Meredith Barker and husband Stephen, Jacksonville; grandchildren, Cole, Connor and Caitlin Boruff, Devyn and Dylan Dunn, Elijah Heineman, Porter, Renee and Lela Barker; sister, Sandra Pfieffer; nephews, Scott and Brandon Pfieffer, and Wade Reed; niece, Jennifer Spencer; several great-nieces and -nephews.
Memorials in Randy's name may be made to either Craft Memorial United Methodist Church, 907 Hatcher Lane, Columbia, TN 38401; Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 9908 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922; or Mandarin United Methodist Church, 11270 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223-7286.
Services will be Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel and Pleasant Forrest Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.rosemortuary.com
. Randy was a loving husband, a great father and a tremendous grandfather. He will be missed greatly, but we will a celebrate a life well lived.