Justice Luther Francis Cole (Ret.) passed away on July 26, 2013. He was born on October 25, 1925 in Alexandria, one of twelve children born to Clement and Catherine Cole. Graveside services will be on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11:00 am at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. A graduate of Bolton High School, Luther served with honor in the United States Navy during World War II. On March 9, 1945 he married Juanita Barton of Horatio, Arkansas. After the war, Luther entered the LSU Law School where he met his good friend, Warren Mengis. In 1950, the two newly admitted lawyers formed their own law firm, Cole and Mengis, later joined by Lawrence Durant. Luther served in the Louisiana House of Representatives, and as a judge on the 19th Judicial District Court, and First Circuit Court of Appeal. He was elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1986 and served on the court with distinction until his retirement in 1992. He is survived by his wife, Juanita, three children, Fran Harbour and husband Robert, Jeffrey Cole and his wife, Polly, and Christopher Warren Cole, grandchildren Elizabeth Harbour Rutledge and husband Tracy, Katherine Harbour Cangelosi and husband Charlie, Jeffrey Bryan Cole, Patrick Francis Cole, Caroline Nichols Cole, Anna Catherine Cole, Christopher Daniel Cole and Catherine Frances Cole, and three great grandchildren, Grace, Ivy and James Rutledge. Luther was considered by many to be a fine lawyer, masterful politician and an excellent jurist. However, his greatest accomplishments were as a grandfather, father and especially a devoted and loving husband to Juanita for over 68 years.
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Published in The Advocate from July 27 to July 29, 2013