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David Raymond COLE

COLE, David Raymond August 23, 2010. Born October 16, 1927 in Glendale, CA. Moved to the south in 1935 and to Clarksville, TN in 1939. Preceded in death by daughter, Catherine Shari Cole. Survived by his wife of 63 years, Lucille Brandon Cole; son, Gregory David Cole and wife Pam of Brentwood, TN; son, Stephen Edward Cole and partner, Paul Daniels of New York, NY; grandchildren, Katherine and Christina Cole of New York, NY; Chris and Mery Cole of Brentwood, TN; Matt Cole and wife Kelli, and great-grandchildren, Kendall and Grant of Thompson Station, TN. He served briefly in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon discharge in 1946, he enrolled at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree. He went on to the School of Law at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN and where he was class president and graduated first in his class in 1951 with a Doctor of Juris Prudence. He was a member and officer in the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. He was admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court and in the states of Illinois, Nebraska and Tennessee. He spent his working career in the property and casualty insurance industry and in 1964, he was awarded the coveted Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation. Career highlights included the office of President of a major company and the Chairman of the Board of another. He began attending First Presbyterian Church when he moved to Nashville in 1954, and became a member in 1956. He served as a Deacon and Elder, and served faithfully on various units of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee. He was on the Board of Directors and served as the Chairman at Park Manor Presbyterian Apartments in Nashville. After his retirement, he volunteered extensively in the Nashville community and through mission work sponsored by First Presbyterian. His life was enriched by service that took him to Russia, Belize, Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru among others. His mission work that established a partnership between First Presbyterian and Dora E. Valentin Reformed Presbyterian Church, Varadero, Cuba and the start of a youth mission program to Cuba were especially important to him. He was a mason and member of Corinthian Lodge #414, a member of the Scottish Rite, a Knights Templar and a long time member of The American Legion and its Societe Des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux. He would like to be remembered as someone who worked to get along with the average person, to be tolerant, understanding and forgiving with his fellow man. Visitation Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 1 - 2:30 p.m., at the Cheek House, First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN. Service immediately following at the sanctuary, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Tom Walker and Rev. Dr. Sandra Randleman. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Missions Program or to a charity of choice. MARSHALL DONNELLY COMBS, (615)327-1111.
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Published in The Tennessean on Aug. 25, 2010
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