Leo Cole Sr.

Leo Cole, Sr.

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7)

Services for Bro. Leo Cole, Sr., of Alexandria, will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at Oakland Missionary Baptist Church, Chambers, LA. with Pastor Alvin Hurts officiating.

Bro. Leo Cole, Sr. was born February 14, 1930 to Morris and Josephine Toles Cole. He departed this life on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at the VA Medical Center.

Bro. Cole attended S. Alexandria Elementary. He enlisted at a premature age in the US Army. He was wounded in the Korean War. For his outstanding gallantry, he received many awards including the Purple Heart.

He received his diploma from Peabody High and furthered his education at Grambling State University.

He was one of the first African American to become a route salesman for Holsum Bakery. Known as "005", he was there for 30 years.

Bro. Cole was baptized at Oakland Missionary Baptist Church by Pastor Roosevelt Shorter. He was the musician for both Oakland and Union Baptist Church for over 20 years. He also was the musician for The Old Eight District Association. He was a deacon, Sunday School Teacher and also the writer for the Easter plays.

He was preceded in death by parents; five brothers and two sisters.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and dedicated wife of 59 years, Celestine Jett Cole; sons, Leo Jr. (Rita), Reginald, Rodney (La'trenda), Carlton (Maria) and Marvin Cole; daughters, Regina Blue (Edward), Cynthia Cole, Mary Ellen Sergent (William), Michelle Prim; 15 grands; 7 great grands; 3 sisters; 1 brother; host of relatives, friends.

Published in The Town Talk on Sept. 6, 2013