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Alfred Benjamin Cole Sr.

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Alfred Benjamin Cole Sr. Obituary
Alfred Benjamin Cole, Sr.

Memphis, TN

Ben Cole - Maj. Gen. (ret.) USAF/ANG departed on his last flight on October 1, 2017. Ben was privileged in life to serve the nation in two great organizations, the U.S. NAVY 1946-48, aboard the Carrier, USS Randolph (CV-15) and the U.S. Air Force and the TN Air National Guard of the United States 1953-88. He is survived by two sons Ben Jr. (Amy) of Greenville, South Carolina and Bruce (Vivian) of Memphis, Tennessee and six of the greatest grandchildren in the world, Rebecca, Andrew, Morgan, Hudson, Kendall, and Delaney. Also, his brother, John. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Joy; his parents Morgan and Lelia Mae; and brother, Robert L and sisters Jewel and Virginia. Ben was schooled at Oakville and Whitehaven and after Navy service attended Memphis State College, but withdrew to attend pilot training. He completed U.S. Air Force pilot training in January 1955. His service included assignments as Squadron, Group and Wing Commander at Memphis 164th and Nashville 118th Air National Guard Units. His last position was as Commander of all ANG units in TN. Throughout his career, Ben was privileged to serve with outstanding individuals dedicated to the defense of the nation. He was a member of Normal Lodge 722 F&AM; Air Force Assn; U.S./TN Air National Guard Assn; and former member of Memphis Rotary. He was active in the Retired Air Guard Assn. Ben attended East Side Baptist Church and was a member of the Men's Sunday School Class. The family will receive friends at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Avenue Thursday, October 5th 12 to 1pm with services to follow at 1pm. Burial will be at the West Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery in honor of his service at with honors at 2:30pm. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to East Side Baptist Church, or the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Oct. 3, 2017
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