William W. Cole

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  • "Thinking of you all and praying for the entire family."
    - Barbara Linzey
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    - Rawlins Gilliland
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    - Darleen Burgess
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    - Paul Fraunfelter
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WILLIAM WAYNE COLE (Age 80) On Saturday, July 16, 2011, died peacefully in the home that he built 34 years ago. Devoted husband, he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patsy Lee Cash Cole; Father of and to William Tad Cole, Lisa Lee Wininger, and Pak Byung Kwan; grandfather of Joy Paeske, Amy Ewing, Dr. Adam Park, and Dr. Patty Fleming. Bill Cole served his country honorably and with integrity for 27 years in both the U.S. Naval Reserve and the United States Army, retiring at the rank of colonel in 1975. At Ft. Lewis, WA, he completed fixed-wing aviation training; as a captain, he graduated first in his class in artillery school in Ft. Sill, OK. He was aide-de-camp to two commanding generals of 7th Army while stationed in Stuttgart, Germany; graduated Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS; was assigned duty in Can Tho, RVN; commanded a rotary-wing battalion of the Big Red One in Phu Loi, RVN (67-68); was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star (with Valor), and the Legion of Merit. While studying at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, he also completed a Masters degree in Political Science at Shippensburg State. One of his last assignments was to the Army Review Board here in the Washington, DC, area. His 17-year dedication to Capital Lighting & Supply in Alexandria enabled the company and its employees to prosper, paving the way for its growth to where the company is positioned today. He was a founding member of the Occoquan Watershed Coalition. Known once also as Al Brown from Chicago, he wrestled adults professionally while in high school, mentored by the great Jimmy Demetral. Known only too well for his sense of humor and proficiency as a consummate practical joker, Bill Cole's modest legacy as a loving and compassionate visionary lives on in the numerous generations of families effected by his tireless sponsorship efforts to help them to achieve their own American dreams.. Arrangements are pending at Arlington National Cemetery; a private service is planned. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you hold dear with contribution the people at Capital Hospice. www.fmfh.com

Published in The Washington Post on July 21, 2011
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